Diversity and Community Relations Magistrates

DCRM in action at a local school

The work of the Diversity and Community Relations Magistrates (DCRMs)

Diversity and Community Relations Magistrates are appointed by the Lord Chief Justice. DCRMs act as a conduit between the magistracy and the community and members of the public and contribute to a range of diversity efforts within the judiciary. The DCRMs play a crucial role in supporting the delivery of the Judicial Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. Their activities inform and educate people about the role of a magistrate and help bust the myths that prevail. Through these efforts DCRMs work to increase public confidence in the justice system through a more accurate portrayal of how it works.

Who the DCRMs work with

DCRMs are expected to liaise with the Regional/Welsh Leadership Magistrates and be a member of the Regional/Wales Leadership Magistrates Group. DCRMs will work alongside Advisory Committees in a strategic way and the local branch of the Magistrates’ Association so as not to duplicate outreach work.

What the DCRMs do

The main role of a DCRM is:

  • to actively engage with the community, increase public trust in the justice system and progress towards a more diverse and inclusive judiciary;
  • to encourage those from under-represented groups to consider becoming a magistrate;
  • to proactively support the objectives of the Judicial Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2020-2025.

Find your local DCRM

If you would like to get in touch with your local DCRM to check their availability for a particular event (for example to speak at your school, college/university or community group), then please compete the DCRM engagement form (external link).

London and the South East

Dippy Kharaud JPLondon
Fozia Sadiq JPLondon
Richard Hay JPLondon
VacantThames Valley
Luke Rigg JPBedfordshire and Hertfordshire
Xingang Wang JPSurrey and Sussex
David Williams JP and Peter Wood JPNorfolk and Suffolk

South West

Georgia Ramsay JPAvon, Somerset and Gloucestershire
Chika Udezue JPDevon, Cornwall and Dorset
Agnieszka Wisniewska JPWilshire, Hampshire and Isle of Wight


Neelam Aggarwal-Singh JPNorthamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland and Lincolnshire
Pam Sheemar JPBirmingham and Solihull, Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire
Catherine Sheil JPWest Mercia and Staffordshire
John-Charles Tanner JPDerbyshire and Nottinghamshire
Andrea Bridges JPMidlands

North East

Amie Canham JPNorth and West Yorkshire
Richard Scothon JPNorthumbria
George Spiteri JPHumber and South Yorkshire
Ian Thompson JPCleveland, County Durham and Darlington
Cynthia Hughes JPNorth East

North West

VacantGreater Manchester
Andrew Emmerson JPCheshire and Merseyside
Caroline Howard JPNorth West
Jordan Kiss JPNorth West
VacantCumbria and Lancashire


Susan Thomas JPSouth Wales
Carys Jones JPWales
Lisa Shipton JPWales
Taha Idris JPWales
Moawia Bin-Sufyan JPWales
Nancy Gates JPWales
Michael Caine JPWales