Stephen Brookes MBE
Coordinator, UK Disability Hate Crime Network
Since gaining a civilian MBE in the 1990 Gulf War Awards, Stephen has become a nationally-recognised researcher and writer specialising in disability, equality and diversity. He creates and contributes to various training and research projects as well as giving national presentations and speeches.
As well as award-winning Coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network, he is involved in many areas of the criminal justice system, including training and keynote speeches on equality and hate crimes. He is a member of the Lancashire Crown Prosecution Service Local Scrutiny Involvement Panel and the CPS National Community Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Police/Lancashire Hate Crime Strategy working party. He works with various key officers in the Association of Chief Police Officers.
Stephen is a steering group member of the Disability Action Alliance, recently established by the Office for Disability Issues, and is an Ambassador for Disability Rights UK. He was proud to receive the national CPS/RADAR award in 2010 for the Disability Hate Crime Network, which has now over 6000 members and has won a Positive Action Award Northwest for work engaging with disabled people in the North West, as well as an award for ‘Engaging with the Local Community’ from the CJS.