Surinder was appointed as the first ever National Director, Equality & Human Rights for the Department of Health and the NHS. He has over 40 years of experience of leadership in achieving cultural organisational change and championing equity, fairness, diversity and inclusion. He is the Co-Director for the Centre for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, University of Leicester.
His career has spanned working in leadership roles for: a regulator at the Commission for Racial Equality; as a Commissioner for the Equal Opportunities Commission; in broadcasting at the BBC; in retail at Littlewoods; in manufacturing at the Ford Motor Company (Europe); in Pharma at Novartis AG; and in Government at the Department of Health and the NHS.
He served as an elected member on Leicester City Council, as Justice of the Peace in Leicester, as High Sheriff of Leicestershire and as a Council Member of Aston University. He serves on various charities including: Chair of Leicester Race Equality Centre, the National Space Centre, Charity Link and as an Independent Person for Leicestershire County Council.
He has been recognised for his services and was appointed as the Deputy Lieutenant for Leicestershire, Alderman for the City of Leicester,
and awarded honorary doctorate degrees and professorships from 7 UK Universities.
Favourite place in Leicester
The Botanical Gardens and New Walk.