Our small team has driven our project from volunteers with a great idea to the opening of our doors at our bricks-and-mortar space. Our paid staff members ensure the day-to-day running of the Centre goes smoothly, while our board of trustees ensure we have a strong foundation in place from which to drive our strategic vision. Get to know our incredible crew.
Chloe Davies (she/her) is an activist, proud bisexual woman, mother of two, chef and entrepreneur, who campaigns for inclusion and equality in social spaces, corporate organisations and the wider community. She spent over 15 years working in retail, artist management and PR before starting her own company in 2015.
Chloe is Head of Social Impact at Lucy Generals, having previously worked as Head of Partnerships for myGwork – The global recruitment and networking hub for LGBT professionals and organisations promoting diversity and inclusion.
Chloe volunteers with UK Black Pride (UKBP) as the Strategic Officer, working closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to help shape the future of UK Black Pride.
You can reach Chloe at email@example.com.
Angus Waite (he/they) is a charity development and innovation specialist currently working for a key UK healthcare charity. He is a co-founder of the award-winning Know it Wall social enterprise, successfully taking it through various funding stages and launch.
Angus is the Head of Engagement and Innovation for the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, helping coordinate the UK healthcare leadership response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including the founding of NHS Nightingale, and created and launched the FMLM Navigator app.
He has been involved in the Centre’s campaign since 2017, and as a queer person deeply feels the need to address the lack of support for young LGBTQ+ people and to support inter-generational mixing and learning. Fostering a greater sense of community and LGBTQ+ solidarity is paramount to his motivation.
You can reach Angus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rachael Baker (she/her) is the Fundraising Manager at The Proud Trust. She wants to use her skills to contribute to building inclusion and community. Having met so many people who have benefitted from the Manchester LGBTQ+ Centre she is passionate about facilitating the development of these spaces in more areas of the country.
You can reach Rachael at email@example.com.
Sarah Moore (she/her) is one of the project’s co-directors and has been involved since 2017. She is a digital campaigns, communications, fundraising and content strategist, specialising in political and charity campaigns. She is currently leading the Content team at animal welfare charity Dogs Trust. Previously, she led the Digital Campaigns team at the Labour Party, where she also spent two years as co-chair of the Party’s LGBTQ+ staff network. Prior to this, Sarah worked in the Communications team at the LGBTQ+ equality charity Stonewall.
Sarah currently mentors two young LGBTQ+ people and sits on ELOP’s fundraising committee. In 2015, Sarah graduated from Stonewall’s Young Leaders programme. In 2017, Sarah’s photography was commissioned by the National Trust – her portraits of trans activist Munroe Bergdorf were displayed in the Sutton House Queered exhibition. Her poem ‘Throwing Bricks Through Glass’ now appears alongside a portrait of Munroe in the Museum of Transology.
You can reach Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin Lyons (he/him) is a retired business analyst who now works part-time as an online English language tutor. He previously served as treasurer on the board of LGBT Youth Scotland, and currently serves on the board of a charity that supports indigenous land and water rights in Africa and is a member of the Labour Party.
You can reach Martin at email@example.com
Bisila Noha (she/her) is the project’s first paid staff member, working as a Business Development Manager 2 days a week. Bisila is Spanish and has lived in London for the past 8 years, so considers herself a Londoner in her heart now.
With a background in Translation and International Relations, Bisila has vast experience as a Project Manager and joined us from Apple. Moreover, she co-directs Lon-art Creative, an arts and activism organisation that offers a platform for everyone to create, collaborate and reflect upon social issues through the arts. Their main focus at the moment is on Violence Against Women and Girls through their flagship project Sheroes.
As a passionate advocate for social justice and inclusion, Bisila also is a Trustee at Headway East London, a local charity supporting people affected by brain injury.
Along with her community work, she also is a Ceramic Artist. With her work, she aims to challenge Western views on art and craft and to reflect upon the idea of home and oneness pulling from personal experiences in different pottery communities around the world. You can check out her ceramics here and here in the New York Times.
Bisila loves a good book and all kinds of music, so any recommendations, don’t hesitate to send them her way.
You can reach Bisila at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lip Wieckowski (they/them) has spent the past nine years working in the charity sector with a focus on environmental protection and social justice.
Since coming back to London, they have found community with other LGBTQ+ folks through a climbing group that supported them through the pandemic and have become close friends. They want to create more spaces for LGBTQ+ folks to feel welcome, safe, loved and valued.
When they aren’t working Lip is mostly climbing with LGBTQ+ climbing group Climbing QTs, or cycling.
You can reach Lip at email@example.com.
Outreach and Events Manager
Tom Ana (they/them) is the Centre’s Assistant Manager. Before joining us, they worked with a number of grassroots LGBTQ campaigns, as well as for larger groups such as the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. They have a background in support work, having previously worked in homelessness and with children in care.
You can reach Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cherokee Seebalack (they/them) is our Communications Manager. They work part-time at the Centre, managing all of our digital channels. (If you’ve DM’d us on socials, you’ve probably met them already!)
Their background is in communications, with over seven years experience working in the charity sector on a wide range of campaigns, publications and projects.
Alongside their work at the Centre, they provide comms support for other organisations, grassroots groups and charities. They’re passionate about telling the stories of LGBTQ+ people and continuing to document the histories of our community.
You can reach Cherokee at email@example.com.
Join the team
Volunteers are absolutely paramount to our work and we really value those who are keen to support us. If you’re interested in getting involved with the project as a volunteer, or becoming a Project Lead, please register your details by clicking the button below.
If there are no current volunteer vacancies, please consider supporting our work by setting up a monthly donation. We depend on contributions from the community and allies, so even a few quid a month will go a long way.