Athena SWAN Steering Group

The Athena SWAN central steering group provides overall direction and leads the development of institutional submissions.


Kiran Trehan – Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Partnerships and Engagement


  • Paul Walton – Chair of Athena SWAN Forum
  • Caroline Dessent – Chair of Faculty of Sciences Working Group
  • Kristyn Gorton - Chair of Faculty of Arts and Humanities Working Group
  • Vanita Sundaram - Chair of Faculty of Social Sciences Working Group
  • Maria Ayaz – Head of Equality and Diversity
  • Anna Reader – Equality and Diversity Manager
  • Lorna Warnock - Athena SWAN Coordinator
  • Helen Selvidge – Assistant HR Director
  • Clara Garcia - GSA Representative
  • Gabby Morgan - YUSU Representative
  • Emily Peckham - Early Career Researcher Representative
  • Nino Grillo - Language and Linguistic Science
  • Alison Sherratt - Internal Communications Manager
  • Russell Grant - Planning Officer
  • Evangeline Tsao, Gender Equality Fellow

Athena SWAN faculty working groups

Athena SWAN Faculty Working Groups are made up of a Chair (see above members of the AS Steering Group), Athena SWAN departmental representatives (see below), the Athena SWAN Coordinator and representatives from Human Resources and the Planning Department. The working groups support departments in preparing submissions and coordinate Athena SWAN work within each faculty.

Athena SWAN Forum 

A University-wide forum to share good practice across disciplines, host occasional external speakers and help raise awareness across the University. For information contact the Athena SWAN Coordinator.

Chair: Professor Paul Walton

Athena Swan Departmental Representatives

Contact nameDepartmentEmail address

Dr Stephanie Wynne-Jones

Dr Elva Robinson Biology
Professor Rowena Jacobs Centre for Health Economics
Dr Leonie Jones & Dr Caroline Dessent Chemistry

Professor Helen Petrie Computer Science
Professor Jo Swaffield Economics and related studies
Dr Vanita Sundaram Education
Professor Tony Ward Electronic Engineering
Dr Hannah Roche English & related studies
Dr Jon Hill Environment and Geography
Dr Amanda Perry Health Sciences
Dr Shaul Mitelpunkt History

Dr Richard Johns History of Art
Dr Victoria Allgar HYMS
Professor Paul Kerswill Language and Linguistics 
Dr Stefan Weigert Mathematics
Professor Rachel Cowgill Music
Dr Keith Allen Philosophy
Dr Marina Petri Physics
Dr Alasia Nuti Politics
Professor Beth Jefferies Psychology
Dr Peter Coventry Reviews and Dissemination
Carol Robinson Sociology
Professor Ellen Roberts Social Policy and Social Work

Dr Kristyn Gorton

Dr Kathryn Wright York Law School
Vacant York Management School


Contacts for provision of central data

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Lorna Warnock
Athena SWAN Coordinator

Departmental Athena SWAN contacts

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Lorna Warnock
Athena SWAN Coordinator

Departmental Athena SWAN contacts