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VERON DOWDY

Vice Chair

Born in the 60’s and Grew up in London (Hackney) I started in voluntary sector in 1986 working with young homeless. For the next

17 years I worked for various charitable organisations among other things covering: Youth offending, Alcohol addiction, youth homelessness, housing

management, income management and floating support. In 2000 I joined Haringey Council where I spent the next 13 years managing

multi-disciplined services providing essential 24/7 cover including: Out of hours emergency repairs, Homelessness, Social services, Noise nuisance CCTV and Tele care solutions. In 2015 I moved to Bristol and worked 9 months with award winning 1625 Independent People. Working with young people helping to reduce their housing cost arrears. In October 2015 I joined SARI as Assistant Director where I worked tirelessly in

the fight against Racism and Inequality providing advocacy and support services to clients. Also strategic policy and operational support, advice and

training too many of the cities agencies and services until August 2017. I have continued to be active in the city giving my time and expertise to things I

am passionate about. I am currently part of the planning group for the 100 Black Men in the Room (together as one) Bristol a group that was set up to

highlight and challenge inequality in the city and support BAME families. I have been a Bristol IAG (Independent Police Advisory Group) member for the last 2 years and have recently taken the role as chair of Avon Fire and Rescue D.I.C.E ( Diversity,Inclusion,Cohesion and Equalities) board and have also been chosen as one of Bristol’s 12 Commissioners for Race Equality.