The Trustees of the Race Equality Foundation are pleased to announce that Jabeer Butt OBE has been appointed as its new Chief Executive Officer. Jabeer has worked for the Foundation for 26 years and has served for the last 12 years as Deputy CEO.

During that time he played a key role in developing the highly acclaimed Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities Parenting Programme, and most recently spearheading work exploring the needs of black and minority ethnic people living with dementia. Despite the financial constraints on small charities and the low priority given to race equality, the Foundation continues to secure improvements for black and minority ethnic and other poorly served communities in the health and social care sector and to be a strong champion of equality and human rights.

Jabeer has taken the lead role in helping the Foundation navigate an increasingly difficult funding environment, which has led to the organisation continuing to be awarded contracts and grants to deliver the highest quality work.

Jabeer replaces Ratna Dutt who retired as CEO in September 2017 after successfully leading the Foundation for thirty years.

Constantia Pennie, Chair of Trustees said: “Jabeer is passionate about challenging racism and has demonstrated his commitment to standing alongside Black and Minority people experiencing overt and unconscious racial inequality.

The Trustees look forward to him leading the Foundation into its next and we believe exciting phase of its development.”

Jabeer Butt, Chief Executive Officer said: “I am delighted to be appointed Chief Executive and very much look forward to continuing the success and dedication that the Foundation has delivered to the communities we serve”.

For more information and to arrange interviews contact

Samir Jeraj – Race Equality Foundation: 0207 428 1886 or


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