Meet The Team

Marcia Lawrence-Russell

Executive Director

Qualified as a social worker in 1990 she went on to enjoy a dynamic and rewarding career, firstly as a probation officer for 8 years, then as the Post Qualifying and Practice Teaching Coordinator Sandwell Borough Council before successfully gaining employment with The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) as an Advice and Representation officer for seven years before being successfully promoted in 2009 as BASW’s Head of Service for Advice and Representation.   She simultaneously held the post of Assistant General Secretary of the Social Workers Union. She left that employment in April 2013.

She simultaneously held the post of practice educator and has supervised over 150 social work students through successful placements. She a degree in business management and is presently studying for a CIPD qualification.

Marcia has direct experience of workplace discrimination and has taken previous employers to the Employment Tribunal for race discrimination and harassment. She said “its time for change in the modern workplace. For far too long people have suffered, often having to walk away from chosen careers and jobs they loved”. “Different But Equal will be the collective voice to employers who fail to act against workplace discrimination, that we are not putting up with it any more”.