ALLOUT Member Profiles
ALLOUT co-chairs were elected in December 2022 - learn a little more about them here:
I'm delighted to be an ALLOUT Co-chair with Megan and James and I look forward to working with our LGBT+ members, colleagues and allies. I currently work at the Whitworth as a Project Producer. I have developed the queer programming for the gallery called Queering the Whitworth, which interrogates the gallery’s collection from a non-normative perspective, in order to (re)discover missing LGBTQIA+ narratives associated with either the artist or the artwork. I am also currently Co-Curating the participatory exhibition (Un)Defining Queer at the gallery, which opens in January 2023 in partnership with the LGBT Foundation. I am also currently a PhD researcher in the school of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies (FAHACS) at the University of Leeds. My PhD research, in close collaboration with The Whitworth and in dialogue with the innovative ‘constituent museum’ approach to museum practice, is investigating what queer theory’s non-normative approach to gender, sexuality and identity offers to current debates in participatory museology.
Hi everyone, my name is James. I’m super happy to be an ALLOUT Co-chair with Dom and Megan and I’m excited to work with our LGBTQI+ members, colleagues and allies. At present, I work as Admissions Director and Clinical Tutor in Clinical Psychology at The University of Manchester and as a clinical psychologist have a private practice offering psychotherapy and supervision to individuals, groups and teams. I have previously held the post of clinical lecturer at Bangor University and have worked in a variety of NHS services with children and families, adults and people with intellectual disabilities. My research focuses on qualitative exploration within Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity (GSRD) groups, psychological distress, self harm and suicide. I have published in peer reviewed journals, written book chapters and am currently trying to write an academic book. I have passion and expertise working psychologically with marginalised and oppressed groups, in particular those who identify as belonging to the GSRD and/or LGBTQI+ communities.
Hello and welcome to ALLOUT! I am really happy to be co-chairing this network and representing my colleagues for the foreseeable future. I have been working at the University since November 2021 in the Main Library. In my remit as a Reading Lists Assistant, I am currently putting together EDI reading lists of the material from the open shelves for staff, students and other library users. I hope that it empowers us all to find and listen to more voices out there from all walks of life. I joined ALLOUT in 2022 as a co-chair. ALLOUT has provided an opportunity to share and express my identity and meet new colleagues from across the University. The network has something for everyone, and I like that it isn’t one fixed thing; with the help of our members, we have the capacity to expand it, shape it to meet our needs and use it to celebrate our individuality. In my first year as co-chair, I have attended EDI forums and the People Committee meeting, met with our executive sponsor, Patrick Hackett, and joined in with Staff Network Day. I’ve also led our University’s entry in the Manchester Pride Parade for 2023, proudly walking alongside the LGBTQ+ staff networks from five other Higher Education institutions in Greater Manchester. During my time as co-chair, I would like to work more closely with the other staff network groups to host some intersectional events at the University as well as the wider community. I am always looking for ways to improve the ALLOUT network so I look forward to hearing any suggestions you might have.
We also have other people working hard on the ALLOUT committee:
Bi rep: Heather Devine (she/her)
Non-binary Rep: Jade Sevryn (they/them)
Trans Rep: Sergi Celis (they/them/she/her)
Secretary: Jess Mancuso (she/her)