James Wharton is a media professional who joined Emerald after becoming attracted to the company’s ethos and the community based focus it has set out to become known for. Prior to his media career, he was a soldier in the British Army.
James has a vast experience of working on equalities based projects, most notably, being pivotal to changing the cultural attitudes within the military towards homosexuality.
He was the first gay person to appear on the front cover of Soldier Magazine, the official publication of the British Army and played a major role in rocketing the organisation to becoming one of the country’s top LGBT inclusive employers.
During his military career, of which he served in his beloved Blues and Royals, he deployed operationally to Iraq and escorted the Queen at the wedding of the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge.
He is a best-selling author who regularly writes for a number of national and international publications including the Independent, the Times, the Huffington Post and WINQ Magazine.
From North Wales originally, James was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2013 for his contribution to the UK LGBT community, and last year was made an honorary fellow of Glyndwr University. He has ranked in the top twenty of the Independent on Sunday’s Pink List for three consecutive years and was nominated Writer of the Year at the Stonewall Awards in 2013.
In his spare time, James supports a number of charities including the Terrence Higgins Trust, Age UK, Stonewall and is Patron of the Crescent - a HIV and sexual health charity based in St Albans.
He often gives talks at secondary schools and colleges to young people about the dangers of homophobia and overcoming discrimination, for which he has received wide praise.
He lives in south London and loves nothing more than a visit to the cinema. He lives in the hope of finding Mr Right.
James’ thoughts on Emerald
“My main passion in life is equality, closely followed by my love of communicating with and for different audiences. I’m thrilled to combining both these areas at an organisation that’s changing the financial sector for the better, for members of my own community. It’s a real joy to be involved in such a vibrant environment.”