Elizabeth Henry has joined Mission and Public Affairs (MPA) as National Adviser for the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (CMEAC) with a vision to engage with race awareness issues in society at large.
Following CMEAC's 25th anniversary in 2012, Elizabeth will also build on the Committee's past achievements to ensure the structures of the Church of England can better represent and serve its parishes.
Revd Dr Malcolm Brown, Director of Mission and Public Affairs, said: "Elizabeth comes to us with a tremendous breadth and depth of experience, not only of minority ethnic concerns but of how organisations and institutions work. She will not only be working on the concerns of the Church's minority ethnic members but helping the Church to engage effectively with such issues in society at large. This is a vital dimension to our social witness and we are delighted to have someone with so much to contribute to these aspects of the church's mission and ministry."
Elizabeth has worked in international and UK settings and has a wealth of experience in race awareness and capacity-building. She worked in the USA for 10 years (in Dallas, Houston and New York) tackling inequalities formerly as a Director of Nursing and then as a Director of Public Health. More recently, Elizabeth has used her expertise in Africa and Asia working in international development, and in the UK working with public sector organisations, including the Metropolitan Police Service, London Underground, the Crown Prosecution Service, local authorities and others.
Most recently, Elizabeth was Chief Executive Officer of Race on the Agenda (ROTA), a social policy and action research charity that focuses on race equality and issues affecting Britain's Black Asian and Minority Ethnic communities through providing both voice and representation, and through increasing engagement and participation.
Elizabeth said: "I believe my faith called me to this position. The role provides me with a wonderful opportunity to unite my conviction and my expertise in race equality. As I serve I want to make a difference - and to me making a difference means making a positive change around race and equality. I would know that I have been successful when there is no longer a need to have this position.
A jpeg of Elizabeth Henry is available on Flickr.
CMEAC is directly responsible to the Archbishops' Council. It includes two working groups to address key issues for minority ethnic Anglicans: vocations and youth. The Committee and the National Adviser regularly liaise with and support numerous racial justice organisations. CMEAC works to increase visibility and participation for minority ethnic Anglicans through conferences, consultations, training days, a mentoring programme, maintaining a national network of diocesan link partners, publications, historical displays and ongoing strategic development.