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Angela Johnson

(she/her/hers)

  EDI Business Partner - PS and Colleges

 Angela is an experienced CIPD qualified EDI professional who joined Durham in May 2022. 

 Angela previously worked in the Public Sector, holding EDI posts in both the NHS and the Civil Service where she worked with senior leaders, staff networks and external partners. Angela has experience in implementing EDI strategy, developing and implementing equality impact analysis frameworks, EDI Policies and a special interest in disability and accessibility.

You can contact Angela on the details below:

Tel: Teams
Email: angela.johnson@durham.ac.uk 

Melanie Arcangeles-Earnshaw

(she/her/hers)

Melanie ProfileEDI Assistant Business Partner - Faculties 

Mel joined Durham University in 2017 initially in HR before taking up her current role in September 2018. Mel leads on the Race Equality Charter work and collaborates with stakeholders on initiatives and programmes promoting racial equity, positive intercultural relations and faith/belief inclusion. She also supported the delivery of the Hate Crime Project and the development and implementation of the Report + Support tool. Mel’s former roles involved strategic and operational HR, policy development and project management in both private and non-profit sectors. She holds an MSc in Human Resource Management and in Business Psychology, as well as a BA in Legal Management. Her previous postgraduate research focused on migrant workers’ experiences and on cross-cultural management. 

You can contact Mel on the details below: 

Tel: 0191 334 6760 
Email: melanie.h.earnshaw@durham.ac.uk  

Jordan Coldwell

(she/her/hers)

Jordan ResizedEDI Assistant Business Partner - Colleges

Jordan joined the University in 2015, originally working in the Access and Engagement Team. In May 2022 Jordan moved into the role of EDI Lead. Prior to joining the EDI team Jordan worked on key Access and Participation Plan initiatives such as the Supported Progression programme, Sutton Trust Summer School and more recently setting up the Schools Membership Scheme. Jordan’s previous work has focused on working with prospective underrepresented students, their teachers and guardians/parents to help inform their decisions about Higher Education.

You can contact Jordan on the details below:

Tel: Teams
Email: jordan.p.coldwell@durham.ac.uk 

Lucy Lax

(she/her/hers)

EDI Assistant Business Partner - Professional Services

Lucy joined Durham in October 2022 and has worked in higher education for fifteen years in both project management and disability/accessibility roles for students and staff. Lucy has experience of engagement work, social media and increasing visibility of protected characteristics within her previous institutions. 

 

 

You can contact Lucy on the details below:

Tel: Teams
Email: lucy.lax@durham.ac.uk 

 

Tony Magaia

(they/he)

Tony has dark skin, is wearing glasses and a bright suit jacket
EDI Senior Learning and Development Officer

Tony studied Biological Sciences (Genetics) at The University of Leicester and obtained a BSc (Hons) in 2019. They worked in the Public Health and Science Sector in their home country where they worked on many projects including a localized vaccination campaign with international contributors.

Tony then made a shift of careers to EDI when they were elected as an Executive Officer and Trustee at Leicester Students Union as they have a passion for Liberation and Social Justice, having been involved in activism for a number of years. Their main responsibilities included delivering training to both staff and students, managing campaigns and budgets, writing the union EDI strategy.

Tony joined the University in June 2021 as a Senior EDI Learning and Development Officer and their portfolio includes design, delivery and evaluation of learning and organisation development interventions for staff and students, analyse EDI data and processes, provide advice to stakeholders with particular reference to EDI, HR policies and procedures.

You can contact Tony on the details below:

Tel: Teams
Email: ayrton.f.magaia@durham.ac.uk 

 

Siobhan Kennedy

(she/her/hers)

EDI Officer

Siobhan joined the university in February 2021 following a long career within the private sector. Siobhan has a history of managing multinational diverse teams within a variety of industries.   Previous experience has included setting up an outsourced technical support desk in the Czech Republic and building a customer service desk for a new business. Siobhan has a wealth of experience within the customer journey, policy development, GAP and data analysis, coaching and mentoring and developing training programmes. 

You can contact Siobhan on the details below: 

Tel: Teams
Email: siobhan.kennedy@durham.ac.uk   

Charlie Hall

(they/them/theirs)

EDI Officer

Charlie joined the EDI Team in January 2023, having graduated the previous year from Hull University with a Politics and Philosophy BA. Before coming to Durham they also completed an internship with the EDI Team at Hull, which involved creating and running a Human Library project.

 

You can contact Charlie on the details below:

Tel: Teams
Email: charlie.a.hall@durham.ac.uk

 

Gareth Lawson

(he/him/his)

Project Manager for Postgraduate Research Opportunities for the Northeast/Network for Equity (Pro:NE)

Gareth Joined the university in 2018 as an assistant access officer within the Access and Engagement Department. Gareth joined the Pro:NE project in October 2022. Prior to this Gareth worked on key initiatives for the Access and Participation Plan such as School Membership Scheme and the Elephant Group partnership. As well as various summer residential programmes for the Access and Engagement Department such STEP, Sutton Trust and Support Progression. Gareth’s previous work focused on working with underrepresented students, their teachers, and guardians/parents to help inform their decision about Higher Education.

You can contact Gareth on the details below:

Tel: Teams
Email: gareth.lawson@durham.ac.uk

 

Sophie Cowie

(she/her/hers)

Pro:NE Project Administrator

Sophie joined the EDI Team as part of the Pro:NE Project in January 2024 having graduated the previous year from Durham University with a Criminology BA. Before joining the team, Sophie worked as a Student Ambassador within Durham University on multiple student-led projects including EDI initiatives for local and North East students. 

 

You can contact Sophie on the details below:

Tel: Teams
Email: sophie.cowie@durham.ac.uk