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Top award for civil servant

Selvin-BrownCampaigners have congratulated Selvin Brown after the government’s race equality mandarin was named ‘Civil Servant of the Year’

Brown, who overcame dyslexia to become a senior mandarin at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), paid tribute to his family for helping him achieve success in Whitehall.

He was named Civil Servant of the Year 2009, at the GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards. Awarded an OBE by the Queen earlier this year for services to public and voluntary service, Brown plays a pivotal role developing the government’s race and equality agenda, and liasing with top campaigners.

Simon Woolley, director of Operation Black Vote, said: ‘It’s a great success for an individual that cares a great deal about tackling race inequality. Within a short space of time we should hope that Brown becomes a permanent secretary, running a department, and continuing his path as a positive black role model.’

Karen Chouhan, from The 1990 Trust and Equanomics, said: ‘I’m very pleased for Selvin. He has been very supportive of race equality, and it is really good to see Black people going places in the civil service, especially those who haven’t compromised on their support for race equality.’

And Rob Neil, a REACH role model and trustee for the charity REALLITY, added: ‘Selvin is a long-time example of a civil servant who many aspire to. He transpires the race debate and is a civil servant who both serves ministers and the community; and that’s no easy task.’

Brown is currently deputy head of the race equality and diversity division at the DCLG, and leads the government’s cross-department race equality strategy.

He was a founding member of the Cabinet Office Black and Asian Network, Whitehall’s first BME civil service group, and spent four years as a trustee of the Stephen Lawrence Charity Trust. He was also a founder of the Westminster Race Equality Council.

Speaking after winning the award, Brown said: ‘I would like to pay tribute to the combined efforts of my parents, my family and friends, and all those at work or play who have helped put me here.’

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