ALLOUT Member Profiles
ALLOUT co-chairs were elected in July 2021 - learn a little more about them here:
I’m delighted to be ALLOUT Co-chair with Nathalie and look forward to working with our LBGBT members, colleagues and allies. I first came to Manchester in 1998 to work for Healthy Gay Manchester, which then morphed into the Lesbian and Gay Foundation. I was responsible for fundraising and events (for those who can remember that far back, these included Treat in the Streets, Dancing Condoms and the Safer Sex Sailors). I then moved to London and worked for Stonewall in the mid-noughties. It was an exhilarating time working on projects such as civil partnerships and Diversity Champions. I then moved into the higher education sector however, I kept up my community connections as a trustee and then chair of the Metro Centre, an LGBT charity based in South London. After a brief spell in the Middle East, I returned to Manchester and the University in 2019. Becoming involved with the LGBT community once again feels like I have come full circle – it’s good to be back!
I am excited to have the opportunity to work with Dale as ALL-OUT Co-Chair. I am very much looking forward to working with our LGBTQ+ members, colleagues and allies. I first started my involvement working within the field of EDI in 2003 when I was appointed as the Equity Sports development officer for the City of Salford. The role empowered and enabled me to work with many diverse communities across the city with particular reference to underrepresented groups in sport where we championed activities and programmes to increase participation in all communities. It was there that I then got involved in Pride Games and worked with Manchester frontrunners to organise the inaugural Pride Games 5k around Salford Quays as well as many other events across Greater Manchester. I then lead the community sports development team in Salford whilst continuing as the lead for equality and diversity. I am currently a member of the LGBTQ+ Tennis club (Northern Aces) in Manchester and since joining the university in 2016 have been involved in the ALL-OUT staff network where I now hope to support colleagues to make a difference as co-chair.