Bert Massie was a disability rights campaigner. He served as Chairman of the Disability Rights Commission from 2000 to 2007, and was a founding Commissioner of its successor the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Bert served as a panelist, contributing much to the Inquiry, before he sadly died in October 2017. Julia’s tribute to him can be read here.
“There is a growing divide between charities, industry, government and people that needs addressing. But civil society does not always need institutions. It relies on people coming together and supporting each other as humans always have.
“How do we recognise this in policy terms? Are we in danger of losing the traditional concept of charity as so many charities have become contractors? Is the influence of industry/business on government excessive and has this weakened the voice of the citizen? I think these are the type of issues we must explore.”