“Change has got to happen”, that’s the message from the chair of the city’s new mayoral Race Equality Taskforce.
Today, Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has announced that Tracey Gore, director of the city’s Steve Biko Housing Association, will be seconded to the position of chair for six months and has been invited by Mayor Anderson to lead the taskforce after he announced it last month.
The taskforce will focus the council, its partners and the people of Liverpool on the positive actions that can be taken to reduce inequality in the city around race and will then make recommendations on how these can be brought to life.
Tracey has worked in the city’s social housing sector since 1978, and was appointed as Riverside Housing Association’s first black housing manager at the age of 27.
After leaving Riverside, she worked at Liverpool City Council from 1998 until 2003, in the Regeneration directorate on many projects including the New Deal for Communities Programme.
She then joined Steve Biko Housing Association in March 2003 as director which is one of only two Black and Racial Minority housing associations on Merseyside.
Tracey is also a board member of Granby Community Land Trust, a member of the CitySafe Partnership, chairs Liverpool’s Strategic Hate Crime Group, is an advisory member to both Liverpool City Council’s Employment and Skills Select Committee and Liverpool City Region’s Fairness and Social Justice Board.
Tracey was also a founding board member of Amadudu Women’s Refuge and was chair of the Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre. She now also campaigns to rid the Toxteth community of guns and knives.
Tracey’s first job as chair will be to work with Mayor Anderson on inviting representatives from across the city’s BAME communities to join the taskforce.
The taskforce will meet about every six weeks until May 2021 and will also be working with the Mayor’s Slavery Street Names Advisory Panel.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “I know this will be challenging, but we must have these honest conversations with ourselves about how we can become a city that is able to support everyone who lives here to their fullest potential.
“I am very pleased that Tracey, with her exceptional strengths, is willing to lead this taskforce, engage with the city and identify the positive actions we must follow to ensure our city can celebrate and honour our diversity.”
Tracey Gore said: “I’m really pleased and really excited to be appointed chair of the Race Equality Taskforce. It’s a tough challenge but the work needs to be done and I want to see a timeframe with deadlines for implementing the actions we decide.
“I commend Joe on setting up the taskforce. He recognised that there needs to be change and recognised that there are hard truths to be faced. There’s no need to state the case for this work. It’s now a matter of gathering what the barriers are and working out how institutions will bring those barriers down.
“I have got a lot of confidence that in the great city of Liverpool we can effect this change and embrace it.”
Robbie Williams, chair of the Steve Biko Housing Association, said: “On behalf of Steve Biko Housing Association we are proud to be able to support Liverpool City Council in undertaking the Mayor’s Race Equality Taskforce project. This, we hope, will bring about change and development across the city especially in the communities that have long suffered inequality around the issue of race.
“As a BME housing association within Liverpool we have for some 33 years strived to provide homes and communities without racism and we hope the secondment of our director Tracey Gore to this taskforce will help continue this work on behalf of the city of Liverpool.
“On behalf of the board I wish Tracey every success with this project.”