Our Team

Ross Hogarth-Willis

What is your role within Northern Pride and what does that entail?

I am the Entertainment Director and am responsible for everything entertainment at Northern Pride. Booking acts for all the events that we run, negotiating contracts, fees, travel, hospitality and rider requirements. I look after the acts before, during and after our main festival.

What’s skills do you bring to the Northern Pride committee? 

I’m a people person who thrives on making people smile. I work in education so I’m extremely passionate about youth engagement. I have been instrumental in revolutionising the teaching of LGBT+ issues in the secondary school where I work. I look forward to developing this further with the support of my head teacher and pastoral team colleagues at Whickham School.

 

What’s your secret talent?

I love a bit of a dance routine! Love being on stage and a bit of party DJing too!

What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to? 

Best concert EVER is of course Steps! I’ve been to see them all over the country. 23 times in total! Best pop group ever…

What do you enjoy the most about working within Northern Pride?

I love the team! Great people to work with. We do this because we love to put something back into society.

Who or what inspires you and why?

Being a part of Northern Pride inspires me because it gives me the opportunity to allow our community to come together, with our allies to be proud of how far we have come, be proud of where we are now and be even prouder of where we still have to go!