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Executive Leadership Team

  • Jesse Sperling (he/him) Executive Director (Interim)

    Jesse Sperling has over a decades experience in international development and human rights campaigning, advocacy and programme development. After working on community mobilisation projects in rural Guatemala for a year, he moved to London to study for a master’s degree in Global Politics. Jesse then worked at Save the Children, where he managed complex, multi-donor advocacy grants and designed and implemented a global campaign on child nutrition. He also championed SOGIE issues internally and wrote the organisation’s first-ever public discussion of issues specific to LGBT+ children, for its flagship report on exclusion. Jesse joined Kaleidoscope Trust in 2016, where he is now leading the team focused on international advocacy, including in Kaleidoscope Trusts capacity as the co-chair of the Equal Rights Coalition, and in the Commonwealth alongside international partners in the Commonwealth Equality Network.

Communications and Fundraising

  • Jade McShane (she/her) Development Manager

    Jade has 15 years fundraising experience in the not-for-profit sector and has worked in a diverse number of organisations including Sightsavers, NSPCC, Macmillan and ADD International. Jade is excited to be part of the Kaleidoscope team and looking forward to working on some great funding partnerships. Outside of work Jade loves long walks with her dogs and adores food and cooking.

  • Siân Lambert (she/her) Communications Manager

    Siân has a wealth of experience from a range of roles in communications, stakeholder engagement, community development and project management. Prior to joining Kaleidoscope Trust she was Project Manager for the Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions and previously has worked in both the public and charity sectors. Siân is deeply committed to human rights, equality and the liberation of all LGBTQI+ people and is a member of the Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Equality Panel, which advises the Mayor and Combined Authority.

Operations and Finance

  • Anna (she/her) Head of Operations

    Bringing a wealth of operations experience gained through her previous roles in both corporate and non-profit settings, Anna leads on operational, finance and compliance activities at Kaleidoscope Trust. Anna supports with strategic planning of the charity and leads on the development of our internal systems and processes, people management, risk management and ensures that legal and regulatory compliance is adhered to.

  • Kirsty (she/her) Finance and Operations Officer

    Having worked in the private sector for over 7 years, Kirsty has been wanting to make the change into the social justice sector so she can work for a cause, and for people, who reflect her identity and values. At Kaleidoscope Trust Kirsty supports the financial, operational and HR processes as well as helping ensure the smooth running of these functions.

Policy and Public Affairs

  • Lily Jones (she/they) Public Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement Officer

    With a BA (Hons) in Political Science, Lily has a strong background in equity and inclusion strategies as well as global development initiatives. At Kaleidoscope Trust, Lily works to provide political monitoring and analysis support as well as maintain stakeholder relationships regarding policy and advocacy in order to deliver on our strategic points. Outside of Kaleidoscope Trust, Lily is pursuing her MA in Social Policy from the University of York.

  • Stelios Foteinopoulos (he/him) International Policy and Advocacy Manager

    Stelios has worked for over a decade in policy-making institutions, advocacy and international campaigns. Αfter having worked for years in justice national and international campaigns, he moved to London to do his MSc on European Public Policy (UCL) and then to Brussels, where he worked with EU lawmakers to influence EU legislation in the areas of financial affairs, human rights and development. Stelios works to create and secure opportunities for Kaleidoscope Trust to influence international LGBTI+ and human rights policy and to identify entry points and strategies for global, national and regional multilateral institutions and mechanisms.

Programmes

  • Alice Moon (she/her) Programme Officer

    Following graduating with a masters degree in Gender and International Development, Alice worked for an NGO in Tanzania where she coordinated programmes related to women’s empowerment. Alice then gained experience in both the UK and Germany managing projects related to diversity and inclusion in the private and NGO sector with a strong focus on building an inclusive environment for the LGBTQ+ community and people of color. Outside of work, Alice is either playing football, watching football or talking about football.

  • Ewan Cushan (he/him) Programme Officer

    After quite a conventional life, spanning 20 years working for a large financial services corporation in Brighton, life took a more interesting turn five years ago. Two and half years running a small arts centre, still in Brighton, was followed by almost as long as the bookkeeper at a retreat centre in Norfolk. In November 2020 Ewan started his next adventure – moving to London and beginning work with the Kaleidoscope Trust. Since joining an LGBT+ ‘cuddle puddle’ at a festival in Devon, he has been eager to work with, and for, the LGBT+ community – making use of his admin and financial experience – and is very excited to be working for Kaleidoscope Trust.

  • Juan Miguel Sánchez Marin (he/they) Head of Programmes

    Juan is a human rights lawyer and development practitioner with more than 15 years of international experience in programme design and management, grant-making, and LGBTIQ+ advocacy and campaigning. Well versed in theories of change and social impact monitoring, he leads on the charity’s programming and grant-making portfolio. Prior to joining Kaleidoscope Trust, Juan spent a decade working with – and amplifying the voices of – human rights defenders, youth activists and civil society champions in different countries of South-East Asia through executive positions in international and local grassroots organisations. He sits on the Board of other non-profit initiatives aimed at fostering greater understanding and awareness of intersectional LGBTIQ+ identities through the arts. He holds a dual B.A in Law and Finance, a Master on Development Studies and International Relations, a Diploma on Human Rights Law, and is a certified trainer and facilitator.

  • Michael Rapley (he/they) Programme Manager

    Michael has over 5 years of project coordination and management experience working for Equals in Barbados, which he co-founded. Michael has overseen projects varying from service provision and access to advocacy, education, and LGBTQ+ sensitisation training. He also has experience engaging with governments, establishing close relationships between Equals and various ministries, including the Ministry of Health and Wellness, ensuring their inclusion in the Barbados National HIV Programme, as well as the ministry of Labour, successfully advocating for the inclusion of sexual orientation as a protected characteristic under the 2020 Employment (Prevention of Discrimination) Act. Michael was also the representative for organisation as a litigant on the case that successfully decriminalised same sex relations in Barbados. Michael utilises his experiences on the ground in his role at Kaleidoscope Trust, having an understanding of the challenges local organisations face in the work they do.

  • Siobhan Bligh (she/they) Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer

    Siobhan started their professional career in Sheffield working for a young person’s LGBT charity, where they focused on delivering psychosocial sessions for LGBTQ+ youth, as well as supporting them run advocacy campaigns with local health and government stakeholders. Siobhan undertook a Masters in Global Development from the University of Leeds in 2019, and spent some time in South Africa working with local LGBTQ groups. After a brief stint digging up landmines in Cambodia, they found themselves supporting activists within a Burmese human rights network during the 2021 military coup. It was here that Siobhan gained a passion for using data and analysis to support, rather than hinder, CSOs on the ground and international human rights strategy. In their spare time, Siobhan has arranged benefit gigs for groups such as Uganda’s LGBT group SMUG, and LASS- a queer refugee collective based in Sheffield. They enjoy rock climbing, have hitchhiked five continents, and think that dogs are really great (but that gender binaries are not).

The Commonwealth Equality Network Secretariat

  • Alistair Stewart (he/him) Head of The Commonwealth Equality Network Secretariat

    Alistair is a human rights activist with twenty years’ experience of defending the rights of LGBTI+ people at grassroots, national and international levels, with experience in community organising, strategic advocacy and organisation leadership. He was part of the team that established Kaleidoscope Trust, where he helped found the Commonwealth Equality Network, before going on to roles with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT+ Rights and the Human Dignity Trust. He returned to Kaleidoscope Trust in 2023 to take up the role of Head of Secretariat of the Commonwealth Equality Network. He has a BA (Hons) in Economics, Politics and Public Policy and an MA in Postcolonial Cultures and Global Policy, both from Goldsmiths University.

  • Luke Stamps (he/him) The Commonwealth Equality Network Secretariat Officer

    Since graduating with a BA in History and a MA in Human Rights, Luke has been working at the Association of Commonwealth Universities, managing Fellowship programs. In his spare time, Luke is a Freelance Journalist, writing articles for regional magazines and publications with a Central and Eastern European focus. Luke is a passionate LGBT+ activist and is a Steering Board Committee member at ERA (Equal Rights Association for the Western Balkans and Turkey). He also has an unhealthy obsession with Eurovision. Luke’s role provides critical support to the The Commonwealth Equality Network’s Secretariat, the network’s Management Committee and its membership in all areas of network administration, including governance, strategy, risk management, communications, regional engagement, member development and budget management.

  • Mo Lyimo (she/her) The Commonwealth Equality Network Secretariat Operations Manager

    Mo has over 10 years’ experience working with humanitarian and development civil society organisations. She brings an array of experience in membership engagement, event planning, communications and administration. Mo is passionate about celebrating and elevating the voices of LGBT+ people which she has done through her role as an Event Manager for UK Black Pride. As part of the The Commonwealth Equality Network’s Secretariat team Mo provides strategic, governance and administrative support to the network’s members and management committee.

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