The Ethnic Minorities Advocacy Group (EMAG) was set up in 1992 to address issues affecting people from minority ethnic backgrounds in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames (LBRuT) and became a registered charity with the Charity Commission on 22nd February 1996. It was led by its then director Prehlad Dhall. Since 1992 EMAG and under Prehlad’s leadership, EMAG has become an established and credible organisation, with a strong network of partners across both statutory and non-statutory sectors. Since May 2011 Ravi Arora has taken over the role as Director and has continued to increase EMAG’s profile across Richmond Borough and its surrounding areas.
We are a membership organisation and members elect Executive Committee members at Annual General Meetings and currently we have more than 500 members and supporters. We are the only organisation in this borough which represents all ethnic minority communities. We support people in the borough who experience racial disadvantage or crime and/or find it difficult to access mainstream services. We build community cohesion and celebrate cultural and ethnic diversity. We help people from minority ethnic backgrounds to understand the host community and develop skills to flourish in British life
EMAG is run by a committed team of Executive Committee of 12 people who come from a wide variety of minority ethnic groups. The members of the management committee and staff have varied skills and experience to promote the aims and objectives of EMAG.
The Executive Committee meets up to eight times per year to undertake both strategic and executive functions. It has set up three sub committees, Finance Subcommittee, HR Subcommittee and Strategic Planning Sub committee, to deal with issues in details and report back to the full EC committee for consideration and approval.
We have a director and two members of staff:
Ravi Arora – Director
Ravi is responsible for the every day running of EMAG and for the execution of the EMAG strategy. To contact Ravi send an email or call him on 020 8893 9444.
Ashi Dhillon – Project Worker
Ashi runs the Edgar Road and Butts Farm support Group, Caseworker and Project Development. To contact Ashi send an email or call her on 020 8893 9000.
Surinder K Sembi – Project Worker
Surinder runs the Minority Ethnic Elders Group (MEEG) and is a Coordinator and Caseworker. To contact Surinder send an email or call her on 020 8893 9555.
- Mr Alan Warren – Chair
- Mr Prehlad Dhall – Vice Chair
- Mr Raj Khakhria – Treasurer
- Mr John Azah
- Mrs Anjali Bedi
- Mr Peter Burrows-Smith
- Mr Steve Mathews
- Mr Hari Gupta
- Mrs Dee Haji
- Mr Geoff Pope
- Mr Umesh Sharma
- Mr Paul Smith
- Ms Jo Barrett
- Noel E Davies (Honorary President)