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Speaker Biography

Jonathan Rees

Jonathan is the Director-General and Accounting Officer of the Government Equalities Office, taking up this new post in February 2008. The GEO was set up to put equality at the heart of Government, and is responsible for equality legislation and strategy on equality across public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as sponsoring the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Women’s National Commission. The GEO reports to Theresa May MP who is supported on equalities issues by Lynne Featherstone MP.

Prior to joining GEO, Jonathan was Deputy Chief Executive (Policy) at the Health and Safety Executive following a varied career in the civil service with several jobs in DTI, most recently as Director of Consumer and Competition Policy, three years in the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit working for John Major and Tony Blair, three years in the Cabinet Office and two spells in Brussels, with the European Commission and UK Representation.


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