James Wharton is a media professional who is currently employed as Communications Manager at Emerald Life – the UK’s dedicated insurance provider the LGBT community. 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 also regularly writes for a number of national and international publications including the Independent, the Times, the Huffington Post. He writes the ’tbh’ column in 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.