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Diversity Working Group

Vision Statement:

Dumfries and Galloway is a fair and inclusive region where diversity is celebrated by all


We work in partnership to empower people to make positive contributions to their communities, by challenging discrimination, by promoting greater integration and by maximising support for everyone across D&G.


To improve co-ordination and integration between public sector organisations and communities of interest for the nine Protected Characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex / gender, sexual orientation; identify opportunities for joint working that improve the efficiency of services in Dumfries and Galloway; and respond effectively to the needs of communities and individuals within these strands.

Code of Conduct

All members of the Equality and Diversity Working Group will:

1) Adhere to the seven principles of public life of:

You have a duty to declare any private interests relating to your public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.

You should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that you take. You should give reasons for your decisions, and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.

You are accountable for your decisions and actions to the public, and must submit yourself to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to your office.

You should not place yourself under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might influence you in the performance of your official duties.

In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, you should make choices on merit.

You should take decisions solely in terms of the public interest. You should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for yourself, your family, or your friends.

You should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

2) show respect for all people and their views or opinions, regardless of race, age, disability, gender, sexuality, religion or belief.

3) act as a champion of diversity and equality and be positive about the Group's aims and objectives, promoting these through the various forums and networks in which they participate

4) prepare for meetings and conduct themselves in an appropriate manner during meetings

5) be responsible for representing the interests of their own service/organisation at meetings

6) not share any sensitive information or any sensitive/controversial views expressed at meetings with anybody who does not need to know that information

7) have the right to speak during meetings and make their point(s) without being interrupted

8) take responsibility for tasks chosen or assigned in meetings

9) will respect this Code of Conduct. Failure to do so will be dealt with according to the nature of each particular case in the following way:

  • Exclusion from the meeting - the Chair will ask the Member to leave for the rest of the meeting
  • Representative replaced - the Chair will request a replacement to act as the representative of the organisation
  • There will be the right of appeal to the Community Planning and Engagement Manager


Representative Groups

Age (Young People): Tracey Wood/Youth Councillors

D&G Over 50's Group: Alan Sidaway

Disability DG Voice: Kim Dams, Michael Greaves-MacKintosh and Sue Sharp

Gender (Domestic Abuse/Women): Kerry Herriott

Marriage and Civil Partnership: (represented by LGBT)

Pregnancy and Maternity: (represented by NHSD&G and H&SCP)

Race D&G Multicultural Association: Yen Hongmei

Religion D&G Inter Faith Group: Venus Carew

Sexuality LGBT Plus: Iain Campbell

LGBT Youth Scotland: Kerry Riddell

Transgender: represented by LGBT


Public Sector

DAGCOL: Sue Livermore

DGC: Linsey Little

DGC: Human Resources Lindsey McCall

DGC Education: 

D&G Health & Social Care Partnership: Lynsey Fitzpatrick

NHSD&G: Lynsey Fitzpatrick

Police Scotland: Sarah Dickson and Emma Dodds

Police Scotland: Human Resources Sharon Melville

South of Scotland Enterprise: Seonaid Mann

Scottish Fire & Rescue Service: Elaine Gerrard and Susan Maxwell

Scottish Prison Service: Natalie Kirkpatrick

Scotland's Rural Agricultural College: Gillian Conley

Swestrans: Douglas Kirkpatrick and Kirsty Dunsmore

University of Glasgow: Stephen Scholes

University of the West of Scotland: Marla Baird


Other Sectors

D&G Chamber of Commerce: Lee Medd

Third Sector: Claire Brown

DAGCAS: Sitki Nalci & Lucile Giriat


The group agrees a workplan for the year ahead with guidance and support from the Community Planning Executive Group.


Community Planning and Engagement Manager
Telephone: 01387 260074


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