7th October 2003




A major conference taking place this Friday (10th October) aims to promote harmony and diversity in the county.


‘Community Cohesion and Diversity in Lincolnshire’ has been jointly organised by Lincolnshire Police and the University of Lincoln and will be staged at the university’s Riseholme Park campus.


Around 160 delegates are expected to attend, representing a wide range of agencies including local authorities, immigration support groups and bodies promoting diversity in the community.


The event will be chaired by Professor David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, and the keynote speakers will be Philip Whitehead MEP and April Spence, Director of the Lincolnshire Racial Equality Council.


The keynote speakers will address the conference on the theme of diversity before a series of presentations by various agencies to share different perspectives on community cohesion and diversity in Lincolnshire.


Delegates due to make presentations in the morning session will include:


·                   Frances Kelly               Diversity Manager, Lincolnshire County Council

·                   Nicola Bulbeck Chief Executive, Boston Borough Council

·                   Ch Insp Paul Elliott       Community Safety, Lincolnshire Police

·                   Christine Hudson          Senior Immigration Officer

·                   Jill Chandar Nair           Ethnic Minority Achievement Support Service

·                   Mandy Jones                National Asylum Support Service


In the afternoon session delegates will discuss communication, partnership, county leadership and dismantling barriers before reporting back to the meeting.


“This conference will be very broad in scope and diversity and it is hoped that the findings which come out of the discussions on Friday will be taken forward to future meetings,” said a university spokesman.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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