Ellen is a Senior Adviser at Advance HE specialising in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She has many years of experience working to promote equality, in particular gender and disability equality in the higher education sector across the UK. Ellen has been a member of several Joint Negotiating Committees for Higher Education Staff working groups to improve understanding and information on gender pay issues in the HE sector. She has worked with the Government Equalities office and Equality and Human Rights Commission to inform gender pay gap reporting requirements and the code of practice on the statutory Equal Pay Code of Practice. She has previously commissioned and worked closely with Sue Hastings on ECU’s 2010 guidance for EDI practitioners Promoting Equality in Pay.
Ellen is currently an adviser to the REF 2021 Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel and was nominated as a member from May 2017 to December 2018. She has developed training materials for both REF 2014 and REF 2021 designed to support HEIs embed the equality provisions. Ellen is also currently a member of UUK’s Taskforce on Staff Student Relationships, an external member of the University of London World Wide Inclusive Practice Panel and represents Advance HE on the Researcher Development Concordat executive and steering group.
Prior to joining ECU (now Advance HE) in 2009 Ellen worked for organisations including the London School of Economics and Political Science, Skill: National Bureau for Students with Disabilities (now Disability Rights UK) and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. Ellen’s background is in international development and she specialised in violence against women and the role of organisations in generating change during her studies and while working in South Africa on a DFID funded scholarship with VSO. Prior to working with the HE sector, she has worked as an advocate for human rights within the Commonwealth.