Distinguished friends

Debbie Weekes-Bernard

Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard is London’s Deputy Mayor for Communities and Social Justice. Debbie joined the mayoral team from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation where she led the organisation’s work on poverty and ethnicity with additional areas of expertise on labour markets, education, lone parents and young people. Prior to this Debbie worked at the Runnymede Trust as Head of Research, running their work on inclusive curriculum development, education attainment gaps and school exclusion as well as work on community cohesion, race and criminal justice and youth transitions.

Debbie has made it a priority to ensure London’s diverse communities have a voice in their city, working to promote social justice and equality for all and is a key player in driving social recovery from Covid-19 and through the cost of living crisis. Debbie chairs the Mayor’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory group, as well as London’s Strategic Migration Partnership and is co-chair of the Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm and an ex-officio member of the London Policing Board.