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I am passionate about fighting for equality. I was among the people who took part in the early London Gay Pride marches and festivals of the late 1970s & 80s, as well as marching to protest against Section 28 and fighting for Equal Marriage.
I have worked in Health and Social Care for most of my life, mostly in the NHS and Local Authorities where I have held Management and Coordinating roles. When I worked as an Equalities Officer for the local mental health trust, I implemented all the required actions across the trust to enable it to meet the criteria for status as a Stonewall Champion, which it achieved in 2010. I worked as Managing Director of my own Community Interest Company for 6 years.
In 2018, whilst working for Kent County Council, I co-organised the very first LGBT+ conference in Thanet which gave birth to the Ageless Thanet Over 50s LGBT+ social group and for the past 6 months I have been funded to deliver ‘Building Resilience’ training for LGBT+ people on behalf of Live Well Kent, the mental health funding stream managed by Porchlight on behalf of KCC.
In my unpaid work I have had a life long commitment to volunteering and have sat on countless trustee boards and Management Committees. I have also had a good success at bringing in new money to organisations through events and applications to funding bodies. I recently set up a volunteer-led community organisation in Folkestone called Champions 4 Wellbeing, whose aim is to make life better for local people.
I have personal experience of prejudice and discrimination – experienced not only by myself but by members of my family - and am totally committed to fighting it. I am also committed to social justice for all – humans and non-humans alike.
So, what do I bring to Folkestone Pride? I bring life-long personal understanding of the effects of inequality and oppression. I bring awareness and understanding of the voluntary and community sector. I bring an understanding of the technicalities involved in managing businesses and delivering outcomes. I am respected by my peers and the word most often said about me is that I inspire people. My father always said ‘do your best and where you can, go the extra mile’ and I think that was great advice.