Nicola Brewer

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Dame Nicola Brewer
DCMG
Nicola Brewer (cropped).jpg
British High Commissioner to the
Republic of South Africa
In office
May 2009 – Sept 2013
Preceded by Paul Boateng
Succeeded by Judith Macgregor
Chief Executive, Equality and Human Rights Commission
In office
March 2007 – May 2009
Preceded by New Position
Succeeded by Neil Kinghan (interim)
Personal details
Relations Trevor Brewer (rugby player)
Alma mater University of Leeds[1]

Dame Nicola Mary Brewer DCMG is a British diplomat and university administrator. In May 2014 she was appointed Vice-Provost (International) at University College London. This came shortly after her resignation as Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, following controversial comments suggesting that equal pay audits should be removed from an equalities bill.[2] She is a non-executive director of Aggreko.[3] Brewer was British High Commissioner to South Africa from 2009 to 2013.

Brewer joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1983, completing overseas postings in South Africa, India, France and Mexico.[citation needed] She served as the FCO's Director for Global Issues from 2001 to 2002, and then as Director-General for Regional Programmes at the Department for International Development (DfID), the DfID board member supervising the UK's overseas bilateral aid programmes.[4]

In 2004, she was appointed Director-General for Europe at the FCO, leading the FCO's contribution to the UK's 2005 Presidency of the European Union, advising the Foreign Secretary and the Minister for Europe on European Union and other European policy issues.[citation needed]

In December 2006, Brewer was appointed by open competition as the first Chief Executive of the newly established Equality and Human Rights Commission, the successor body to the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission. She took up her new position in March 2007, standing down in May 2009 to succeed Paul Boateng as British High Commissioner to South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho, completing her mission in September 2013. On her return to the UK, she became the Founding Director of the FCO Diplomatic Academy.[citation needed]

Nicola Brewer was educated at the Belfast Royal Academy, and read English at the University of Leeds, graduating with a BA in 1980, then taking a Doctorate in linguistics in 1988 there. Leeds granted her an Honorary Doctorate of Laws in 2009. She was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2003 New Year Honours[5] and Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) in the 2011 Birthday Honours.[6] She is married to former diplomat Geoffrey Gillham: they have two children.

Her father, Trevor Brewer, played international rugby for Wales in the 1950s.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile, leeds.ac.uk; accessed 14 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Nicola Brewer Leaves Equality And Human Rights Commission". www.diversitylink.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-06-09. 
  3. ^ "Dame Nicola Brewer". ir.aggreko.com. Retrieved 2016-06-09. 
  4. ^ Staff. "Nicola Brewer biodata". Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56797. p. 3. 31 December 2002. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59808. p. 3. 11 June 2011.
  7. ^ Fernand, Deidre (15 April 2007). "We need a Dad's revolution". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Suma Chakrabarti
Director-General, Regional Programmes of the
Department for International Development

2002–2004
Succeeded by
Dame Nemat Shafik
Preceded by
Sir Kim Darroch
Director-General, Europe of the
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

2004–2007
Succeeded by
Martin Donnelly
as Director-General, Europe and Globalisation
Preceded by
New position
Chief Executive of the
Equality and Human Rights Commission

2007–2009
Succeeded by
Neil Kinghan (interim)
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Paul Boateng
High Commissioner to South Africa
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Judith Macgregor