Lord Herman Ouseley

Biographical Details

Lord Herman OuseleyHerman Ouseley is a self-employed independent management consultant, specializing in organizational change, equality programmes and people management. His working life has been predominantly in the public services sector, apart from a five-year stint of being Chairman and Chief Executive of the Different Realities Partnership.

He was previously the Executive Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality (1993-2000). Before that he was a local government officer for some 30 years, serving as Chief Executive of the London Borough of Lambeth, as well as the former Inner London Education Authority, where he was also previously a Director of Education. He held a wide variety of different positions in other authorities during that period.


Herman Ouseley has undertaken organizational reviews and conducted commissioned inquiries into serious performance failures by public bodies. He is also actively involved with several charitable and voluntary organisations, such as being a Council member of the Institute of Race Relations, Trustee of The Manchester United Foundation and holds the role of Patron for several other Charities. Having previously chaired several voluntary organizations and social enterprises, including a Housing Association, he is currently the Chair of two such organizations:-

Herman Ouseley is a former Non- Executive Director of Focus Consultancy Ltd and former independent Adviser to the HM Revenue and Customs on its equality and diversity development activities. He was also a member of the HMIC’s Advisers Group to the Chief Inspector of Constabularies.  He is a former Council member of the Football Association, chairing one of its Advisory Groups (2008-2013). He chairs the External Implementation Group of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Herman has been awarded 13 honorary degrees from Universities across the UK in recognition of his achievements and contribution to education, public policy studies, local government services, equality legislation, compliance and enforcement, and community-led social action. He was knighted in 1997 for services to local government and community relations in Great Britain. He was appointed to the House of Lords in July 2001 and sits on the cross-benches as an independent peer.

He is a former President of the Local Government Association (2002-2005) and is currently a Vice-President.