New chair for Sporting Equals as charity enters a significant period of strategic change

SPORTING EQUALS has a new chairman, Dr. Howard Haughton. Haughton joins at an exciting time for the charity, which also welcomes four new Trustees.

Sporting Equals was founded in 2007 by three ethnically diverse women, Lorraine Deschamps MBE, Beverley Mason FRSA and Angela Francis, who worked tirelessly to ensure the charity was established to deliver on its mission of eradicating racism in sport. Harnessing the power of sport to build stronger and healthier communities, the charity has focused on building a fairer and more inclusive sports sector through its work for racial equality.

Setting up the charity was not without its challenges, not least because racial equality in sport was an uphill battle. Since 2020, the racing inclusivity agenda has become much more prominent and discussions are now much easier in the industry. Twenty years ago, race inclusion was simply not a priority for the sports and exercise sector. This meant that the founders faced significant barriers and resistance to this cause.

KEY WOMAN: Lorraine Deschamps

With the last two founding Trustees, Beverley and Lorraine, stepping down within a year of serving their maximum terms, the new class of Trustees will take over. Under Haughton’s leadership, the new and existing Board of Directors will deliver the same passion and energy for racial equality as the co-founders. This will ensure that the charity’s mission to further diverse representation and inclusivity is front and center.

I am delighted to accept this position and join a truly progressive and innovative charity

Dr. Howard Haughton

Haughton comes to us with a sporting background rooted in both high performance and a passion to tackle inequality. In his youth he was a top athlete in both martial arts and athletics. He also brings a wealth of experience in equality, diversity and inclusion.

He has a strong background in public policy and works with high-level private industry leadership. With an academic career including PhDs at the University of Oxford, the University of York and the University of Wolverhampton, he is now a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London. His background in research and influencing public policy will be essential in the next steps for Sporting Equals.


The new chair views sport as a microcosm of society and by addressing the inequalities that ethnically diverse people face in sport and physical activity will improve opportunities and prospects for the communities we serve.

The charity is grateful to Densign White MBE, who served the maximum term as chairman. White has been integral to the progress the charity has made over the past decade, overseeing the launch of the Race Representation Index, the expansion of LeaderBoard and the Sporting Equals Awards, all designed to meet the needs of the sector meet and achieve maximum performance. value for our stakeholders.

INTEGRAL; Outgoing chair Densign White

Haughton said: I am delighted to accept this position and join a truly progressive and innovative charity. Sporting Equals has been triumphant in driving change and making the sport and physical activity sector more inclusive.

“It has been an independent charity since 2007 and that status makes it a demanding, critical friend to the sector. I look forward to supporting our employees, administrators, colleagues and partners in making sport and physical activity a more inclusive sector.”

Arun Kang OBE, Chief Executive of Sporting Equals added: “Following in Densign’s footsteps is no small feat, but Howard is the ideal person to ensure we maintain this momentum and continue the mission of our co-founders; Lorraine, Beverley and Angela, who we hope will be proud of the charity’s future successes.

“Howard’s background is absolutely critical in influencing change through policy and data. His passion for tackling inequalities is evident from the moment you speak to him and he will be a true champion for racial equality, sporting participation and community cohesion, part of the work that is close to all of us at Sporting Equals.”