In August 2001, Ted was appointed by the UK Home Secretary to lead a review of the summer riots in a number of English northern towns and cities. The riots were based on conflict between ethnic minority and white groups. The subsequent Cantle Report used the concept of ‘contact theory’ to establish community cohesion as an entirely new approach to race and community relations.

New policies then focussed on interaction between people from different backgrounds in schools, communities and workplaces to promote understanding and dispel prejudices. Community cohesion policies also addressed inequalities and inclusion.

Ted subsequently established the independent Institute of Community Cohesion (iCoCo) in 2005. His work is now carried on by the iCoCo Foundation which focuses on the development of interculturalism.

Ted has written over 200 articles, for academic, professional and policy publications on a wide range of subjects. These include social capital, race and housing, community cohesion, the role of the nation state and the growth of the Far Right. He has also written two books (published by Palgrave Macmillan) These are : Community Cohesion: A New Framework for Race and Diversity (2008) and Interculturalism The new era of cohesion and diversity (2012) Ted argues that the old multicultural paradigms must be replaced by a new intercultural framework to manage community relations in a world defined by globalisation and super –diversity,

Ted also continues to advise a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector agencies and is deeply involved in the practice of community cohesion and interculturalism. He now chairs the new Cohesion and Integration Network charity ( which is dedicated to sharing resources and learning, across voluntary, statutory and private sector agencies.

Ted is also able to draw upon over 30 years in public service in which he has held a wide range of senior positions at a local level and has served on a number of national bodies focussing on environmental sustainability urban regeneration and key social and economic problems. This includes positions  as the Chief Executive of Nottingham City Council between 1990 and 2001, Deputy Chair of the Environment Agency (2001to 2010) and Under Secretary at the Association of Metropolitan Authorities (1993 to 2000) . Ted is a visiting professor at two universities, has been presented with a number of honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 2004.

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