The government has announced the membership of its race commission, a month after it was promised by Boris Johnson.

The panel will be chaired by Dr Tony Sewell, head of education charity Generating Genius.

Dr Sewell has also been an international consultant in education for the World Bank and Commonwealth Secretariat and a board member of the Youth Justice Board for England & Wales.

In 2013 he led the Mayor’s Education Inquiry into London Schools which resulted in the creation of the London Schools Excellence Fund, a programme which has helped London schools achieve top grades for their students.

Dr Sewell was awarded a CBE in 2016 for his extensive work in Education.

Dr Sewell said: "I am delighted to be chairing this new Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities.

"I have spent my entire career in education striving to help all students achieve their full potential. I know however that inequality exists, and I am committed to working with my fellow commissioners to understand why.

"Together we will set out recommendations for action across Government, public bodies and the private sector, and will seek to inform a national conversation about race, led by the evidence.”

Boris Johnson announced the launch of the commission a a month ago, saying it would "look at all aspects of inequality - in employment, in health outcomes, in academic and all other walks of life".

He added that it was "no use just saying that we have made huge progress in tackling racism... there is much more that we need to do.

The full list of commissioners is:

  • Dr Tony Sewell CBE (Chair), Head of charity Generating Genius
  • Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, Space Scientist and co-presenter of BBC’s ‘The Sky at Night’
  • Keith Fraser, Chair of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales and former police superintendent
  • Dr Samir Shah CBE, former BBC journalist and former chair of the race relations think tank, The Runnymede Trust
  • Lord Ajay Kakkar, Professor of Surgery at University College London, Director of the Thrombosis Research Institute, chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission, chair of the King’s Fund
  • Dr Dambisa Moyo, economist and author, board member of Chevron Corporation and the 3M Company
  • Martyn Oliver, Chief Executive Officer of Outwood Grange Academies Trust
  • Naureen Khalid, school governor and co-founder of the dedicated online national school governor forum, UkGovChat
  • Aftab Chughtai MBE, Businessman, co-founder of the campaign group Muslims for Britain, member of the Grenfell Tower Taskforce and Chair of West Midlands Police Independent Advisory Group
  • Mercy Muroki, Senior Policy Researcher, Commentator, and Columnist

Two more 'co-opted members' will attend meetings related to their work on the Windrush commission.

Announcing the group's membership, Boris Johnson said: "Today I am establishing an independent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities. This cross-government Commission will examine inequality in the UK, across the whole population.

“I am thrilled we have assembled a group of ten talented and diverse commissioners, who each bring a wealth of experience from across a range of important sectors."

He added: “This new Commission will be led by Dr Tony Sewell CBE. Tony has supported many young people from diverse backgrounds into STEM careers. I know well how his work has improved access to education across London, and I am confident that he shares my commitment to maximising opportunity for all. 

“The Commission will be inclusive, undertaking research and inviting submissions where necessary. It will set a positive agenda for change.”