We support LGBT+ activists around the world

Our Team


 John Bercow

Rt Hon John Bercow MP - President

As Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow has spoken out publicly in support of LGBT rights internationally. His coat of arms, unveiled in 2011, includes the rainbow colours, the pink triangle and the words 'All Are Equal'.


Sir Stephen Wall


Sir Stephen Wall - Chair

Stephen is the University College London’s Equalities Champion for LGBT issues. He is a trustee of the Thomson Foundation, which provides training in independent journalism in Africa and the Middle East. As a British diplomat he worked on the European Union’s external relations, including human rights policy. He is a former foreign affairs adviser at 10 Downing Street.



 Paul Dillane

Paul Dillane - Executive Director

Paul was Executive Director of the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) from 2014 to 2017, championing the rights of LGBT asylum seekers and refugees and achieving demonstrable and measurable improvements in their lives. Prior to this, Paul enjoyed a career as a refugee lawyer and specialist including at Amnesty International UK. He has extensive policy, advocacy and fundraising experience - working with other NGOs, with government and with Parliamentarians both regionally and internationally.

 Jesse Sperling


Jesse Sperling - Programme Manager

Jesse is an international development professional with six years of experience in campaigning, advocacy and programming. He is currently working closely with UK-based and international partners in The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN) to implement an advocacy strategy to promote the human rights of LGBT people at the Commonwealth Summit in 2018. 



Alex Leon - Programme Co-ordinator


Alex is a young professional with three years of experience working in advocacy, communications and international development. Previously, he worked as a consultant with the Open Data Institute, helping governments in Europe and Africa to become more transparent and innovative. He currently supports the Kaleidoscope Trust's work with The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN).



Philippa Drew


Philippa is a former Director of Global Issues at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office with responsibility for human rights, democracy, the United Nations and Commonwealth issues. She is an adviser to Cancerkin, a breast cancer charity, and vice-chair of the Coalition for an International Court for the Environment. She is a former field officer for the Save the Children Fund and was chair of the Diplomatic Service Appeal Board.


Simon Fanshawe


Simon is a broadcaster, writer and consultant at astar-fanshawe. He was one of the co-founders of Stonewall, is currently the Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Sussex and a Board member of Brighton Dome and Festival, Housing21 and English Touring Theatre.




John was CEO of the Office of Fair Trading from 2005 to 2012. Prior to that, he chaired the Irish Competition Authority and worked as an academic economist in London, Dublin and Chicago. He has experience at international relations in the areas of competition and regulation. He studied economics at Trinity College Dublin and Nuffield College Oxford.


ALVIN TO (Treasurer)

Alvin is a manager at EY, with advisory and auditing experience in the banking and capital markets sector. He has worked in New Zealand, Switzerland, Jersey and Hong Kong and has previously audited charitable organisations. He is a Chartered Accountant of Australia and New Zealand and an enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

NOEL WATSON-DOIG (Company Secretary)

Noel is a solicitor at Bristows LLP, specialising in EU / UK competition law. Noel was previously a trustee and Company Secretary of the GMFA; the gay mens' health charity where he gained experience in management and project delivery.


Sinead McBrearty


Sinéad spent the first half of her career at KPMG, in a variety of marketing and strategy roles. She subsequently moved to the not-for-profit sector, and used her commercial skills to support, set-up and lead social enterprises across a range of sectors. She holds an MSc in social policy from the London School of Economics.


Sinead McBrearty


Jide is the founder of the House Of Rainbow Fellowship, an inclusive and affirming religious community open to all people including sexual minorities. He is an Anglican, British-Nigerian born in London. Jide has been a Christian minister since 1998 and is an inspirational speaker, author, poet, pastor and preacher. He holds a degree in Law, Master’s in Theology and Post-Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Theology. Jide has served as Executive Board/Co-Chair of Pan Africa ILGA and is currently Vice Chair of the Global Interfaith Network.


Simon Millson 


Simon is an entrepreneur, activist and philanthropist. He has over 25 years experience in international public affairs working across the world including London, Brussels, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro. He holds a number of roles on the Committees and Boards of campaign groups, NGOs and charities.  


 Winnie Sseruma


Winnie works as a Freelance Consultant on HIV & global health. She was born in the UK, grew up in Uganda and went to university in the US graduating with a BA in Sociology. Winnie has worked for various organisations including Positive East and Christian Aid, UK. She has spoken at the UN in New York and at various high level meetings on the impact of HIV on women & other marginalized groups.


Sean Winnett


Sean is head of government relations for Shell in the UK. He worked in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office 2005-2015, specialising in human rights, East Asia and the Middle East & North Africa. He was posted to Beijing and Geneva, and in London worked as a senior policy adviser in the National Security Secretariat and as private secretary to the foreign secretary. He has an MA from SOAS in Pacific Asian Studies.