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Rachel Archbold


Rachel ProfileHead of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Rachel is an experienced EDI practitioner who joined Durham in 2016. Prior to this, she worked as Senior Advisor on equality legislation and practice within the public sector, leading on a number of strategic projects to support the implementation of equality legislation and the Equality Framework for Local Government. She started her career within the legal and voluntary sector leading a number of community-based projects to support engagement and cohesion. Recently, she has worked as part of an OfS Catalyst funded initiative, alongside eleven other Universities, to identify ways to tackle religious and race-based hate crime and support student safety and wellbeing. 

You can contact Rachel on the details below: 

Tel: 0191 334 6717 

Athena-Maria Enderstein


Athena ProfileEDI Lead

Following her PhD and a decade of work on (in)equality in South African and European contexts, Athena joined the EDI Team in September 2019. She brings a background in training, research, and equality strategy design to her current role where she leads on the institutional Athena SWAN Charter and Report + Support projects.

You can contact Athena on the details below:

Tel: 0191 334 6762

Julie Wilson


Julie ProfileEDI Lead

Julie is a CIPD qualified HR professional who joined Durham in 2005, holding roles in the Business School, Human Resources and most recently as Project Manager (EDI) for Inclusion Matters. In this EPSRC funded research project. Durham led a consortium of 16 northern University and Industry partners in developing, implementing and evaluating activities to increase diversity in STEM, prior to taking up post as EDI Lead in August 2021.

You can contact Julie on the details below:

Tel: 0191 334 6766

Melanie Arcangeles-Earnshaw


Melanie ProfileEDI Officer (Race and Religion) 

Mel joined Durham University in 2017 initially in HR before taking up per current role in September 2018. Mel supports the delivery of the Hate Crime Project and the development and implementation of the Report and Support tool. She also leads on the Race Equality Charter work and collaborates with stakeholders on initiatives promoting positive intercultural relations and faith inclusion. A CIPD qualified EDI professional, 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. 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