The IRR is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee governed by a Council of Management, elected from the IRR membership and composed of people who share a concern about racism and a commitment to overcoming it. The day-to-day work is undertaken by a staff of six people with the help of Council members and volunteers – please see the volunteering for IRR webpage if you are interested in volunteering. The work of the IRR is supported from publication sales and by individual donations and grants from charitable trusts.
The members of the council of management are:
Chair, Colin Prescod
Has over four decades, been an academic, a documentary film and theatre maker, and TV commissioning editor. He served as a member and Vice-Chair of the (London) Mayor’s Commission on African and Asian Heritage, 2003-2005; and as a member of the Greater London Authority’s Heritage Diversity Taskforce, 2008-9. He was advisor to the development of two ‘permanent’ galleries launched in November 2007 – London, Sugar and Slavery, Museum in Docklands, London, and Atlantic Worlds, National Maritime Museum, London. As co-Director of the cultural animation company, Manifesta, he has devised a series of creative video workshop projects for young people –Video ART – Anti-Racist Trails, in London (2007); Belonging, in Paris/Lisbon/London (2008/9); Breaking Into The Museum, in Paris/London (2010/11), in partnership with the Museum of London and the Musee Carnavalet. Has also made four films for the IRR, Struggles for Black Community, at the beginning of the 1980s, that chart the milestones in Black people’s fight for justice – ‘race riots’ in Cardiff in post-war 1919, Notting Hill in 1958, Powell and the numbers game, the strike at Imperial Typewriters, the death of anti-fascist Blair Peach
Vice-chair, Frances Webber
A former barrister who specialised in immigration, refugee and human rights law until her retirement in 2008. She is a member of the Helen Bamber Foundation Human Rights Advisory Board and honorary vice-president of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers. She co-edited Macdonald’s Immigration Law and Practice (5th edition, 2001, 6th edition 2005) and Halsbury’s British Nationality, Immigration and Asylum (4th edition, 2002 reissue) and lectures part-time at Warwick University and Birkbeck College and speaks and writes on migration and human rights issues.She has also written Borderline justice: the fight for refugee and migrant rights (Pluto, October 2012).
Emeritus Professor in the School of Law at the University of Warwick. He has worked with the Institute of Race Relations, as a member of its Council and the Race & Class Editorial Working Committee, for over four decades, including a period in the 1980s and early 1990s when he was a member of staff. He has researched extensively on legal services, policing and criminal justice, and is currently working closely with the StopWatch coalition on issues relating to the impact of police stop and search on black and Asian communities, as well as on the potential reform of the law of joint enterprise.
Has worked as a journalist in Vietnam, Southern Africa, the Horn of Africa, and Palestine for the Guardian, BBC, ITN and various French publications. In the last dozen years her work has been mainly concerned with Palestine, and with the fallout of the ‘war on terror’ and the impact on civil liberties. She has written a number of books about Southern Africa in the Cold War period, was co-author of Moazzam Begg’s Guantánamo memoir, Enemy Combatant (2006) and of two verbatim plays on Muslim families in Britain who have had members in Guantánamo or in UK prisons. Her most recent book is Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror. She is a trustee of Prisoners of Conscience and of the Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn trust.
Lecturer in Law at Birkbeck College, where he teaches and researches in the areas of human rights, comparative discrimination law, racism, sexuality and migration. He is an academic fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and a trustee of the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group. He serves with a collective of lawyers on the Independent Commission on the Death of Oury Jalloh in Germany and is the Sexuality and Gender Identity Resource Co-ordinator for the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Network based in Oxford.
An investigative journalist and writer specialising in justice and home affairs, civil liberties, the state and freedom of information in the EU. He has been the Director of Statewatch since 1990 and edits Statewatch journal and Statewatch News online. He is the author of The Political Police in Britain (1977), Secrecy and openness in the EU (1999) and The Shape of Things to Come (2009) and edited The War on Freedom and Democracy (2005). He is a Visiting Research Fellow at London Metropolitan University and the University of Bristol.
President of the Writers’ Guild, a playwright and political commentator. His plays have covered historical and contemporary themes, including the National Front (Destiny), the end of Communism (The shape of the table, Pentecost, T’) multiculturalism (P’) and nationalism (T’). He established a Playwriting Programme at the University of Birmingham, where he was appointed professor in 1995.
Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths College, the University of London. He has written extensively on the media and social change, with particular reference to Iran and to racism and Islamophobia in the UK. He is author of Iranian Media: the paradox of modernity (Routledge, 2010) and co-author, of Blogistan with Annabelle Sreberny (I.B. Tauris, 2010).
An HR specialist, operating on a part-time, self-employed consultancy basis, having spent forty years in a variety of public services jobs, focused essentially on organisation change, community development and tackling institutional discrimination and exclusion. He is a former Local Government Chief Executive and former Executive Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality. He is currently an Independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords and the Chair of Kick it Out, the internationally acclaimed campaign to kick racism out of football.
A support tutor working in higher education and a volunteer ESOL teacher who has worked in a voluntary capacity for several refugee support groups. He has been an anti-racist activist for many years, a founder of the Campaign Against Racism and Fascism and worked at the IRR from 1977 to 1993 as information officer.
A systems analyst (for the Futures Foundation). He has worked closely with community groups and their campaigns in east London over issues relating to policing and racial violence for many years and serves on the management board of Newham Monitoring Project.