About the Equality and Diversity Office team

Our role:

  • Act as a centre for advice and guidance on equality, diversity and inclusion matters
  • Provide advice to faculties and departments, services and committees
  • Provide publicity, promotion, engagement and events for staff networks and forums

The team

Photo of Maria Ayaz - Head of Equality and Diversity

Head of Equality and Diversity

Maria Ayaz

Maria has significant experience of equality, diversity and inclusion within the Higher Education environment, with distinctive experience of developing equality strategy, policy and good practice guidance. She is member of key University Committees including University Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Access and Participation Steering Group, Research Excellence Framework Steering group and the Heads of Department Forum, ensuring equality issues are integral part of the University's vision and values.

Maria's key role within the team is to drive the development and implementation of the University's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

Usual working pattern: Monday to Friday
Preferred pronouns: she/her

+44 (0)1904 324696
maria.ayaz@york.ac.uk

Photo of Anna Reader, Athena SWAN co-ordinator

Athena SWAN Coordinator

Anna Reader

Anna advises colleagues on all aspects of the Athena SWAN charter and application process. She also provides general support and advice around matters of gender equality.

Usual working pattern: Monday to Thursday
Preferred pronouns: she/her

+44 (0)1904 324681
anna.reader@york.ac.uk

Photo of Linda Brosnan - Equality and Diversity Officer

Equality and Diversity Officer

Linda Brosnan

Linda has worked at the University since 2004 and joined the Equality and Diversity Office in July 2013. Linda is the team contact for the INCLUDE network, liaises with other Professional and Support Services about access issues on campus and provides advice and guidance to staff and students on equality matters.

Usual working pattern: Tuesday to Thursday
Preferred pronouns: she/her

+44 (0)1904 324698
linda.brosnan@york.ac.uk

Photo of Chris Brunt - Equality and Diversity Administrator

Equality and Diversity Officer

Chris Brunt

Chris acts as the main point of contact for the Office, providing advice and guidance to staff and students on a range of equality matters, while also acting as the team contact for the LGBTI+ Matters Staff Network. Chris also looks after our Office communications and publicity, provides administrative support and leads on our Equality, Diverstiy and Inclusion events.

Usual working pattern: Monday to Friday
Preferred pronouns: he/his

+44 (0)1904 324680
christopher.brunt@york.ac.uk and equality@york.ac.uk

Photo of Ellen Edenbrow, Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator (Race)

Equality and Diversity Coordinator (Race)

Ellen Edenbrow

Ellen joined the team in September 2019 and is taking up a new post as Equality and Diversity Coordinator (special projects). She will be focusing on diversifying the campus with cultural events and improving on our diverse workforce.

Usual working pattern: Monday to Friday
Preferred pronouns: she/her

+44 (0)1904 326457
ellen.edenbrow@york.ac.uk