About Us

Edinburgh & Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC), founded in 1971, is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity made up of individual members and representatives from a wide range of organisations. ELREC has a remit to work across the areas of City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian Councils.

The main objectives of ELREC are:

  • to work towards the elimination of discrimination in all its forms
  • to reduce inequality and promote a culture of human rights
  • to promote good relations between persons of protected characteristics without distinction on grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, age and creed; and
  • to promote and organise cooperation in the achievement of the aforesaid purposes and to that end to bring together in ELREC, representatives of the statutory authorities and voluntary organisations engaged in the furtherance of the aforesaid purposes within the Local Authority Council areas of the City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian


Full copies of ELREC Memorandum and Articles of Association can be viewed below:

Memorandum approved October 2010

Articles approved October 2010

Our Vision

ELREC works towards a prejudice free society where everyone is treated with respect, integrity and justice.

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Our Values

ELREC strives to be an organisation which embodies the principles of transparency, integrity, equity, mutual co-operation and participatory democracy.

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Our Mission

ELREC exists to promote equality and to fight all forms of prejudice. We believe that no one can claim to live in a fair and just society whilst prejudice and inequalities exist. ELREC will work jointly with our beneficiaries and partners to challenge injustice and dismantle barriers which deny individuals and communities equal access to life opportunities in Edinburgh & Lothians.

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We aim to

  • Work towards the elimination of inequality and discrimination
  • Promote equality of opportunity and good relations between persons of different equality groups
  • Promote and organise co-operation of the statutory authorities and voluntary organisations
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Our primary functions are:

  • To provide advice and assistance on all types of discrimination
  • To do capacity building work with all communities
  • To improve access to mainstream services
  • To bring equality into the mainstream within the public sector and other bodies
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Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh Rt Hon Donald Wilson

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Honorary Position

Honorary President

Professor Sir Geoff Palmer DSc OBE

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Office Bearers & Board of Directors

ELREC is governed by a Management Board who are elected from the membership. The membership of the current Management Board is as follows:

Mr Foysol Choudhury MBE

Vice Chair

Convenor - Personnel and Policy Subcommittee

Mr Ehtisham (Shami) Ullah Khan
Convenor - Finance and General Purposes Subcommittee
Mrs Irina Lazarenko
Convenor - Membership Subcommittee
Ms Melanie Vanita Maria Beaumont
Convenor - Education Subcommittee
Mrs Azra Sharif-Qayyum
Company Secretary
Mr Mohamed Amjad Chaudhry
Dr John Christopher Wigglesworth
Ordinary Board Members
Mr David Ng Hop
Cllr Carl John
Ms. Maja Gorazdowska
Mr Ijaz Nazir
Mrs Parmjit Singh
  Nila Joshi
Mr Nick Croft - City of Edinburgh Council
Supt Mathew Richards - E Division, Police Service of Scotland
Supt Graham Jones - J Division, Police Service of Scotland
Inspector Nadine Aliane - Police Service of Scotland
Cllr Shamin Akhtar - East Lothian Council
Cllr Andrew Coventry - Midlothian Council
Cllr Angela Moohan - West Lothian Council
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Ekta Marwaha

Office & Program Coordinator

Neil A.D. Ogilvy

Youth Development Officer

Youth Worker (TRUE Colours)

Nick Greener

Una Dosen

Equalities Engagement Officer

Volunteer Coordinator

Mizan Rahman

Alex Murray

Support and Advice Sessional Worker

Communities for Conservation Project Coordination

Chinese Community Link Officer

Polish Community Link Officer

South Asian Community Link Officer

African Community Link Officer

Alice Musamba

Jean Matthieu Gaunand


David Tai

Ewelina Karolina Lukaszek

Parveen Ishaq

Metlha Brown

Suda Mitchell
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Current Volunteers

Adam McDiarmid Aleksandra Galarowicz Alex Bunch                  Alex Rainbow               Amber Leigh           Archana Goyal        Assma Malik                Balla Ceesay             Calum Micheal Cais   Caroline Levack         Claire Murrie        Christiana Fizet            David Panton        Elizabeth Doyle            Emilie Tricarico           Ezgi Denli                  Fiona Sarah Jane Brown,               Ffyona Taylor         Guoda Cibaite           Helen McHugh         Henrique Rodrigues Silva

Holly Smith

I Lin Sin                       Iain Nelson             Karolina Drzewicka Kristopher Watt       Louise Montgomery         Madhavi Latha Apparala Markus Spoerr          Martin Krumins            Mitra Black                Mona Abdalla              Morgan Jones                  Natasha Hope

Neil McDerment             Phillip Stevenson         Ross Fitzpatrick           Ruth Carr                 Saaliha Hussain           Samuel Hanson            Sara Dominquez            Sophie Nadia Gaber Susana Bordón            Una Dosen                 Yusuf Miah                   

If you would like to volunteer with ELREC please click here to go to our volunteering page.

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ELREC is supported by:

  • The City of Edinburgh Council
  • The Scottish Government
  • Voluntary Action Fund
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Climate Challenge Fund
  • Celebrate Fund - Big Lottery
  • Santander Trust - Community Plus
  • Ponton House Trust

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Join ELREC as a Member

ELREC welcomes all individuals and organisations who share our aims, visions and values to join us as members. As a member, you will receive a copy of ELREC quarterly Community Newsletter, attend ELREC lectures, opportunity to shape ELREC policy direction and take part in ELREC annual Management Board election.

For more information please visit the membership page

To become a member, simply complete a membership form that is suitable to you and return it to us.

Membership application individual

Membership application incorporated organisation

Membership application unincorporated organisation

Becoming a member

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

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Volunteer with ELREC

Volunteering with ELREC is a great way to develop your skills, meet new people and work as part of an enthusiastic team. Volunteering is a process of exchange. The people who volunteer for ELREC are an exciting, dynamic and diverse group who share a willingness to contribute their time and talent towards promoting equality and fighting discrimination. How you contribute - and how much time you contribute - differs from person to person. We're always looking for helpful and reliable volunteers, so why not make good use of your skills, get involved and join our volunteering team?

Click here for the current volunteering opportunities with ELREC.

For more information
click here to go to our volunteering page.



There are no vacancies at present.


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