Pav Akhtar

Director of Public Affairs and Sponsorship

Pav is an experienced trade union employment and equality law practitioner. He is Director for Professionals and Managers at UNI – the global trade union for private sector workers; has previously worked as Director of Communications at Education International, and National Race Equality Officer at UNISON – the public sector workers’ union. Pav has also served as Head of Equality at the Department for Education and a private sector policy analyst in the Department for International Aid.

In 2005, Pav was appointed to serve as an employment tribunals’ member and in 2009 he was appointed a Public Appointments Ambassador to promote race, gender and disability equality in public life. Pav’s commitment to workplace equality and social justice also led to his election onto the TUC Race Relations Committee and the PCS Proud Executive, which represents the voice of LGBT civil servants.

Since graduating from Cambridge University, where he was elected President of theUnion, Pav was twice elected NUS National Black Students’ Officer and a councillor in the London Borough of Lambeth where he chaired the Children & Young People’s Service. Pav has also served as gay rights advisor to Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London; the Board of Pride London; and Chair of Imaan – the LGBT Muslim group.

Pav won a Gold Medal at the British Diversity Awards in 2000; Ethnic Student of the Year in 2001; was a top-50 entrant in the Pink List 2007; received Trinity College Dublin’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Rights in 2011, and was nominated for a Prime Minister’s Big Society Award in 2012.