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Chief Executive of the Third Age Trust which supports the more than 1,000 U3As around the country, Sam Mauger has been invited onto a new advisory board launched this month by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

The board of Equality and Diversity Champions will play a vital role in shaping the mayor’s approach to creating a more inclusive city.

Made up from a wide range of experience across age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, faith, poverty and socio-economic status, the group will help shape and inform the mayor’s approach to driving forward fairness, diversity and equality in London.

Sam said, “Thank you to the Mayor for inviting me onto this new advisory board. I am delighted to support our communities to better access the opportunities that a vibrant city such as London has to offer.

“It is so important that we continue to tackle disadvantage and isolation to ensure anyone, regardless of age or background can contribute to a thriving community.

“U3A members are already building micro-communities by helping each other in their learning groups, forming strong and meaningful relationships with a sense of social wellbeing, fellowship and belonging”.

The mayor’s newly appointed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group includes:

* Asma Shah, social entrepreneur

* Carole Easton, OBE, CEO, Young Women's Trust

* Ellen Clifford, campaigns and policy Manager, Inclusion London
* Harris Bokhari, OBE, founder of Patchwork Foundation

* Harri Weeks, The National LGB&T Partnership

* James Lee, consultant, Trust for London

* Kimberly McIntosh, policy officer, Runnymede Trust and Race on the Agenda

* Laks Mann, Metropolitan Police Service and co-founder, Gaysians

* Laura Marks, OBE, founder of Mitzvah Day and co-founder of Nisa-Nashim

* Lisa Power, MBE, consultant and speaker on sexual health and LGBT+ issues

* Maggi Ferncombe, Greater London regional secretary, Unison

* Megan Jarvie, head of Coram Family and Childcare

* Michael Chris Walsh, chair, Positive Ageing in London
* Nizam Uddin, senior head of Mosaic and Community Integration, The Prince’s Trust 

* Roger Harding, CEO, Reclaim

* Dr Ruth Owen OBE, CEO WhizzKids

* Samantha Mauger, CEO, Third Age Trust

* Tebussum Rashid, deputy chief executive, Black Training and Enterprise Group