Jabeer Butt – Short biography
Jabeer is Chief Executive of the Race Equality Foundation. Jabeer has gained an
international reputation for the use of evidence in developing interventions that help
overcome discrimination and disadvantage. His studies have been used to inform
government thinking, including interventions such as Sure Start, as well as the NSPCC’s
Grove House Family Centre.
Jabeer provides leadership on the Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities
parent education initiative at the Foundation. The SFSC programme has been widely
adopted, in part because of its success in reaching, retaining and supporting poorly served
families and communities. Jabeer also leads on health and housing work at the Foundation,
with the publications of a number of critically acclaimed evidence-based briefing papers on
aspects of health and housing.
A key part of his work is the Foundation’s role in the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, which
has seen the Foundation facilitate better conversations between the black and minority
ethnic-led voluntary sector and Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health
England. This has been combined with ensuring that consideration for race equality,
equality as a whole, and health inequalities play a part in the transformation of health and
Jabeer was on the advisory board of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act.
Jabeer sits on a number of other boards and committees and presently this includes the
Dementia Programme Board, chaired by the Minister for Care, as well as the Marmot
Advisory Group supporting Sir Michael Marmot in the production of new report on the
social determinants of health inequalities.
Jabeer is currently co-investigator on a £1.5 million NIHR funded randomised control trial of
the Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities parent programme being led by
Professor Richard Watt at University College London. He is also currently a member of the
team led by Professor Liddy Goyder of Sheffield University producing public health
evidence reviews funded by NIHR’s public health programme.
Jabeer was awarded an OBE in the 2013 Queen’s New Year Honours List.