What is your role within Northern Pride and what does that entail?
As Family and Youth Manager, I engage with LGBT+ families and their friends. Engage with youth who identify as LGBT+ and their friends and allies.
Engage with families and youth who do not identify as LGBT+ to bring community cohesion.
What’s skills do you bring to the Northern Pride committee?
I have a family, 3 teenage boys who have grown up in a lesbian household and are very verbal about what works and what does not.
I am a secondary History teacher, Professional tutor for student teachers and newly qualified teachers and Equality and diversity lead. For this role I am based in an inner-city Newcastle state school who has a very good reputation for the last 5 years for their work with Stonewall and was featured as a case study in one of their publications. I have been nominated for a National Diversity award twice for LGBT+ and Youth and shortlisted from 80,000 to 8 in my category. I was also nominated for an Inclusive Companies award for positive role model in the LGBT+ category.
I am also the Education and Schools coordinator for LGBT+ History Project NE.
What’s your secret talent?
Secret? None, all of my many talents are visible and well known by everyone.
What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
Pink all the way it was so good we went twice.
What do you enjoy the most about working within Northern Pride?
Working with people, seeing families and people from all areas coming together and being together in the same space quite happily.
Who or what inspires you and why?
My wife every day, my children, every second of every day, the young people who I work with who absolutely shine when given half the opportunity.