Runnymede Trust

The Runnymede Trust is the UK's leading independent race equality [1] think tank. It was founded in 1968 by Jim Rose and Anthony Lester[2] as an independent source for generating intelligence for a multi-ethnic Britain through research, network building, leading debate and policy engagement.[3] In 2015 its director was Omar Khan and its chairman is Sir Clive Jones CBE.[4]

Policy areasEdit

Runnymede undertakes research in the following areas:[5]

  • Islamophobia
  • Financial inclusion and ethnicity
  • Black and minority ethnic older people
  • Criminal justice policy
  • Education policy
  • Immigration and integration

The Runnymede Trust also holds the Secretariat of the UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN), a UK-wide network of more than 200 organisations involved in race relations and combating racism at a local, national or European level.[6]


Covid 19Edit

Runnymede has been a leading source of research and data confirming the devastating impact of Covid 19 on Black and Minority Ethnic communities in Great Britain. Its survey of 2,585 adults, Over-exposed and Under-protected identified Bangladeshi and Black African communities as most vulnerable, and warned that important public safety and economic contingency measures - including "Stay Home" messaging and furlough advice - were not reaching BAME communities. A statement from the Department of Health said, "We know that Covid-19 has had a disproportionate effect on people from BAME backgrounds ... and the equalities minister is now taking forward vital work to tackle these disparities and protect our most vulnerable communities from the impact of the virus."[6]

Essays on Class and RaceEdit

In 2009, Runnymede published a collection of essays by leading thinkers on race and class, considering the relationship between social class and race equality. They argued that the white working class is discriminated against on a range of different fronts, but they are not discriminated against for being white.[7][8]


In 1992, The Runnymede Trust set up a committee to examine Antisemitism in the UK. In 1994, after two years of research, the committee published its final report, entitled "A Very Light Sleeper - The persistence & dangers of antisemitism."[9]

Faith schoolsEdit

Runnymede published research in 2008 concluding that faith schools in England must become schools for all children in order to encourage interaction between people of different faiths and ethnicities. The report was published after a two-year investigation into the impact that faith schools have on community cohesion.[10][11]


In 1996, Runnymede established a Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia, chaired by Gordon Conway, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex.[12] The report, which was launched by Labour Home Secretary Jack Straw, was largely responsible for popularising the term Islamophobia in British political discourse.[13][14]

Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic BritainEdit

In 1997, Runnymede established the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain to consider the political and cultural implications of the changing diversity of the UK. The commission was chaired by Lord Professor Bhikhu Parekh. The commission published its findings and recommendations in October 2000. Two thirds of its recommendations were accepted by the government. [15]

Senior staffEdit



  • Dr. Omar Khan, 2014–
  • Dr. Rob Berkeley, 2009–2014
  • Michelynn Lafleche, 2001–2008
  • Sukhvinder Stubbs 1996–2000
  • Robin Richardson, 1991–1996
  • Kenneth Leech, 1987–1991
  • Ann Dummett, 1984–1987
  • Usha Prashar, 1977–1984
  • Tom Rees, 1975–1977
  • David Stephen, 1973–1975
  • Dipak Nandy, 1968–1973[16]


The Runnymede Trust is a registered charity under English law.[17] It has a wide range of donors, from high-street banks to TV companies. Significantly, the Home Office of the UK government is a contributor.[18] However, the major donors are, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Robert Gavron Charitable Trust, who share a trustee, Dr Katherine S Gavron, with the Runnymede Trust.[19]


  1. ^ [1] Archived September 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Biennial Jim Rose Lecture". The Runnymede Trust. Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  3. ^ "Runnymede Trust / About Us". Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  4. ^ "Runnymede Trust / Staff Team". Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  5. ^ [2] Archived February 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ [3] Archived April 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Runnymede Trust / Publications". Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  8. ^ Travis, Alan (2009-01-22). "Class blamed for bias against poor whites". The Guardian. London.
  9. ^ ""A Very Light Sleeper - The persistence & dangers of antisemitism"". Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  10. ^ "Runnymede Trust / Publications". Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  11. ^ "Faith schools 'serve privileged'". BBC News. 2008-12-04.
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  15. ^ "Runnymede Trust / Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain". Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  16. ^ "Runnymede Activities Report 2002/3" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  17. ^ Charity Commission. THE RUNNYMEDE TRUST, registered charity no. 1063609.
  18. ^ [4][dead link]
  19. ^ [5][dead link]

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