RECOGNISED: Dale Simon
GROWING UP in London’s East End as the daughter of Caribbean parents, Dale Simon overcame barriers such as racism and low expectations to excel as a Crown prosecutor.
These experiences left her with a desire to make sure people are treated equally regardless of their race, faith and gender.
As a result, Simon has spent 20 years shaping policies and programmes that break down barriers and increase diversity and equality.
She has helped improve the way race hate and domestic violence cases are handled, as well as being involved in staff networks and volunteering for various committees.
Now the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) director of equality and diversity, Simon told the Voice she was inspired to enter the field because, “sometimes people had barriers put in their way and for me it was important to be able to try to do my part to reduce those barriers and give people an equal playing field.”
Her work is now being recognised by the Queen with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) award in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list.
“I am surprised and delighted,” said Simon, who first joined the CPS in 1992. “It is really nice after working in the field of equality and diversity so long to be nominated by your colleagues.”
Simon has also helped strengthen the CPS’ recruitment and retention of ethnic minority staff including at senior management level.
Under her leadership, there has also been an increase in prosecutions across a range of equality policy areas, including successful prosecutions in rape and other forms of violence against women and girls.
She has also worked to help the black public better understand CPS decisions through a network of scrutiny and involvement panels.