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Who is on the Panel?

The Ethics, Integrity and Complaints Committee is made up of seven panel members.  Details can be found below:-

 Mark Peel 
Mark Peel

Born and brought up in Leicester, Mark Peel attended Dovelands and Gateway Schools, before leaving the County to go to University in Newcastle and Oxford, before returning home to the City in 1985. Dr Peel subsequently embarked on an academic career, and is presently employed locally at University of Leicester, combining this work with independent national research and consultancy in the area of child care, protection and issues of complex ethical professional practice.

Lynne Richards
Lynne Richards

Lynne Richards has over 20 years’ experience in the private, public and charity sectors. Most recently she spent eight years as the Head of Fundraising at the National Forest Company, where she worked with business leaders, partner organisations and members of the public to support The National Forest, a new forest being created for the nation across 200 square miles of North West Leicestershire, South Derbyshire, and Staffordshire.

She previously worked as the Director of the Brighton & Hove Business Community Partnership (part of BiTC), and as a senior manager at Brighton Dome & Festival, before moving to Leicestershire in 2008 to join the team leading the creation of the forest.

She is a strategic thinker and skilled negotiator, and has a range of knowledge across applied ethics and policy, finance, commerce and business/community partnerships. She takes a keen interest in sustainable economic growth and in her spare time enjoys the arts.

Lois Dugmore
Lois Dugmore

Lois Dugmore is a nurse consultant for dual diagnosis and veterans with Leicestershire Partnership NHS trust. She works with the national nurse consultants group progress and all party parliamentary group on dual diagnosis.  

Dr Steven Cammiss 
Steven Cammiss

Dr Steven Cammiss is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Leicester. He read law at King’s College London, where he also completed his LLM. He was awarded a PhD, on determining mode of trial in magistrates’ courts, by Warwick University in 2005. He was previously employed as a lecturer at the University of Birmingham before moving to Leicester in 2007. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2013. 

His main research interests are the administration of criminal justice and law and language. He has previously undertaken empirical work with the Crown Prosecution Service and has a longstanding interest in policing and police accountability.

Linda James (Deputy Chair)
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Linda James is a Qualified Probation Officer, she has studied; Community Justice, Health Care Management, Mediation skills and Diversity and Equality.

With over 20 years of experience working with statutory, voluntary and private organisations across England, which has given her in depth knowledge and understanding of the issues communities face.  She has worked in both inner city and the rural areas and has gained first-hand understanding of issues directly from the residents.  Her main area of expertise is working within all aspects of the criminal justice system.  Leading transition, implanting change and facilitating interventions with young people and adults.  She has worked alongside local Councillors and Central Government bodies and led youth groups tackling anti-social behaviour, assisting professional agencies to engage with communities and delivered national government schemes.  Linda James is confident with good communication skills; she has strong beliefs in fairness and strives for equality.  She is highly self-motivated to tackle issues of injustices, inequality and discrimination experienced in communities/ workplaces and has the skills to positively challenge others with the view of creating better outcomes for all.

Karen Chouhan (Chair)
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Karen Chouhan is a Lead Equality Officer for the National Education Union with a specialism in Race Equality.  She was previously a Senior Education Manager for the Workers Educational Association (WEA), a national charity providing adult education including for the poorest and most disadvantaged people.

She has lived in Leicester since 1975 and has worked in Further Education as an English and English for Speakers Of Languages teacher and in HE for De Montfort University for 12 years as the programme lead for the Master of Arts in Community Education and Youth Work.

She has also worked as a Chief Executive Officer for a national race equality charity and won several awards for her anti- racist work and tackling Islamophobia.  In 2005, she was named by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust as a ‘Visionary for a Just and Peaceful World’.  They funded her work on ‘Equanomics’ (Equality via Economic Justice) for 5 years.

Gail Pringle
Gail Pringle 

Gail Pringle graduated from Mid Glamorgan University and has an MA in Race and Ethnic Studies from Warwick University. Gail has lived and worked in Leicester since 1976 and has over 30 year’s experience working within the Black voluntary sector as a volunteer, activist, development worker, manager and consultant. Gail worked for 11 years with a national Refugee Charity and has held a number of public sector posts; she is currently a senior manager for Leicestershire Adult Learning Service.

Gail has held a number of national and local voluntary roles; including board member for the National Heritage Lottery Fund, Grandparent Plus, School Appeals panel member,  and school governor for Leicester City Council.

Gail has two teenage boys of dual heritage (English/Irish and Jamaican), and is passionate about enabling all individuals, regardless of their background to reach their full potential  particularly through education.