Mrs Uzo Iwobi OBE, Chief Executive Officer of Race Council Cymru, awarded UWTSD Honorary Fellowship


16.07.2019

Mrs Uzo Iwobi OBE, Chief Executive Officer of Race Council Cymru, has today (Tuesday, 16 July) been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

 

Originally from Nigeria, Uzo holds a law degree from the University of Nigeria and she qualified as a solicitor and a barrister and was called to the Nigerian Bar.

In 2004, she joined South Wales Police and in the same year, she founded the very first African Community Centre (ACC) in Wales and served as Chairperson for ACC for 15yrs.

Uzo was appointed to the Police National Diversity Team (PNDT) based at the Home Office to represent the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the 43 police forces in the UK on a high level strategic tripartite partnership including the Home Office, the Police Authority (APA) and Her Majesty’s’ Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) tasked with developing national policies on equality and diversity.

On receiving the award, Mrs Uzo Iwobi OBE commented:

“I’m so delighted and so excited to receive this award.  I had no idea and didn’t expect it at all.  I’m very humbled that an institution I worked in as a part time law lecturer all those years ago and studied in where people invested in me and help develop me have remembered me in this sway. 

I want to say to all the students – believe in yourself, work extremely hard, never take no for an answer, keep pounding on those doors and be prepared that you will fail at some thimngs and that is actually ok because you learn but never ever give up.  I believe if you keep going and follow the lessons you’ve learned at this University the sky is our limit.”

Presenting Mrs. Uzi Iwaki OBE to the congregation was Professor Michael Fernando, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering.  He added:

“Uzo is a highly experienced solicitor and a barrister who has helped to shape the anti-discrimination, equality and diversity policies across various public organisations in Wales, UK and internationally.

She is deeply embedded in the community life of Wales and her connections with this institution go back a long time.

Vice chancellor it is appropriate that on the day when you have encouraged our graduands to serve the community, that we are honouring Mrs Iwobi. Uzo epitomises what one can achieve when you use academic expertise and skills for the benefit of the whole community.

It is not an overstatement to say, that Uzo has contributed to Wales being an inclusive nation to people of all background.”  

Uzo was the very first black African female Commissioner appointed by the Secretary of State to serve as a commissioner to the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) UK.