Gary Loke’s profile
Gary Loke is Deputy Chief Executive/Head of Policy and External Relations for Equality Challenge Unit and is part of the senior management team. He oversees ECU's policy and research work, training and learning development and delivery, and external relations.
Gary joined ECU in 2008 as a senior policy adviser, and was promoted to Head of Policy in 2010. He became Deputy Chief Executive/Head of Policy and External Relations in 2016.
His career has been in equality policy and public affairs. He previously worked for an older persons’ charity, Independent Age on age-related policy issues in health and social care and for a rural race equality organisation on projects including minority ethnic people’s access to information and public services, racist incident reporting and capacity building of small minority ethnic and faith groups. Gary has also worked within the student’s union movement, both at a local and national level.
At ECU, Gary worked on European Commission funded project, GENDER-NET, the first European Research Area network exploring gender equality in research careers and content. He has been on a number of UK advisory bodies, including the Research Excellence Framework equality and diversity panel, the Quality Assurance Agency’s advisory group on the Quality Code on student support, learning resources and careers education, information, advice and guidance, as well as the Legal Education and Training Review Diversity and Social Mobility Expert Advisory Group. He is currently a member of the policy advisory group on migration and ethnicity of the UK Economic and Social Research Council Research Centre on Micro-Social Change at the University of Essex and a member of the gender equality commission of the Swiss National Science Foundation. He is also a visiting research associate at the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity at the University of Chester.