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James Lush is the Equality Charters Development Manager

JamesL-website(2)Telephone: 020 7269 6547
Twitter: @jlush2

James is the Equality Charters Development Manager and joined Equality Challenge Unit in 2013. He provides strategic and operational support to the development of the Athena SWAN Charter across the UK and especially in Scotland.

Current work

  • UK Athena SWAN Charter development
  • Managing Charter awards rounds and moderating Athena SWAN assessment panels
  • Accelerating progress towards Charter recognition across Scotland
  • Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative liaison


  • Gender equality in higher education and research
  • The Athena SWAN Charter
  • Science policy

Work background

  • Policy Officer, later Manager, at the Biochemical Society, working across a wide range of science policy issues in conjunction with colleagues at the Society of Biology
  • Played a key role in the development of a number of gender equality initiatives, including standalone projects and for the Biochemical Society’s Celebrating women in biochemistry year in 2013
  • Sat on judging panels for two rounds of Athena SWAN Charter awards during this period
  • Previously worked in a variety of science press, communications and policy roles
  • Holds a First class BSc (Hons) degree in Anatomy (University of Glasgow)


  • Volunteered at the London Olympics and Glasgow Commonwealth Games
  • Competes for London City Athletics Club
  • Previously a Board member for Fisher FC (a football club owned and run by the Fisher Supporters’ Trust)