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Inequality Task Force

As part of Let’s Talk Islington, the Council has assembled an Inequality Task Force of civic, academic, and business leaders with a mix of expertise across health, poverty reduction, and education, both with locally-rooted expertise and from further afield, to bring new perspectives in tackling inequality.

All Task Force members have a wealth of experience in working in partnership with communities, putting people in the driving seat of change and workshops with the task force members will be facilitated by colleagues at New Local, an independent think tank which exists to unlock community power in tackling local problems.


 Professor Donna Hall CBE

  •  Chair of New Local, Chair of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and Integrated Care Sustem advisor to NHS England
  •  Former Chief Executive of Wigan Council (2011-2019) where she developed 'The Wigan Deal'

 Neil Tester

  • Director of the Richmond Group of Charities, a coalition of leading health and social care organisations in the voluntary sector (Age UK, British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, Macmillan, Rethink Mental Illness and many others)

 Dr Miatta Fahnbulleh

  • Chief Executive Officer of the New Economics Foundation, an organisation committed to transforming the economy so it works for people and the planet

 Sam Gurney

  • London, East and South East Regional Secretary for the Trades Union Congress (TUC) which brings together more than 5.5 million working people who are members of 48 member trade unions

 Navinder Kaur

  • Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Islington (VAI), which aims to lead and support resilient local voluntary sector that actively collaborates to support residents and the community. 

 Annabelle Kapoor

  • Head of School at Drayton Park Primary School, located in Highbury which is one half of the Edventure Collaborative, a federation of two community schools in the borough.

 Torange Khonsari

  • Researcher and Course Leader at London Metropolitan University in the field of Cultural and Civic Commons
Ben Lindsay
  • Founder of Power The Fight, a charity which trains and empowers communities to end youth violence
  • Sits on the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit reference group and on the cross party Youth Violence Commission
Dr Ben Smith
  • GP Partner at Killick Street Health Centre in Barnsbury
  • Chair of the Islington GP Federation
Dr John McGrath 
  •  GP Registrar at Amwell Group Practice in Clerkenwell


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