Gerard Lemos CMG studied English and History at the University of York, followed by a post-graduate certificate in accountancy and finance. He has held various voluntary appointments: the most recent being Acting Chair of the British Council (July 2009 – March 2010), Deputy Chair since 2003 and a Board member from 1999. He was Chair of the Akram Khan Dance Company (2003-2008); Board Member at The Place Theatre (2001-2003); Vice-chair of Homeless International (1998-2000) and a Board Member of LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre (1993-2001). He is currently employed as a Partner for Lemos & Crane Social Research (since 1990); Vice-President of the British Board of Film Classification (since 2008) and Professor in international social policy, Chongqing Business and Technology University, China (since 2006).
In the past he has been employed as Chairman of Notting Hill Housing Group (2004-2006); Commissioner of the Civil Service Commission (2001-2006); Director of Studies at the School of Social Entrepreneurs (1997-1999) and Director of Asra Housing Association (1982-1985). He has been part of advisory groups, committees and commissions including the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit’s advisory group on ethnic minorities in the labour market (2002); Chair of the Social Exclusion Unit, Policy Action Team on community self-help (1998-1999), and Chair of the Arts Council of England’s cultural diversity committee (1998-1999). He has written publications on communities and neighbourhoods as well as on supporting vulnerable people: Community Conflict: Causes and actions (2004); The Communities We Have Lost and Can Regain (1997), and Urban Village, Global City: the regeneration of Colville 1993-1998 (1998).