We support LGBT+ activists around the world

Our Team

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah - Executive Director

Widely known as Lady Phyll, partly due to her decision

to reject an MBE to protest Britain’s role in formulating

anti-LGBTQ penal codes across its empire, Phyll has over

20 years’ experience as an LGBTQ rights activist and

anti-racism campaigner. She has spent a decade advocating

for the rights of workers within the largest civil service union

as a lead negotiator on behalf of Civil Service workers. Initially

working as Head of Political Campaigns, she moved into the

role of Head of Equality and Learning at Public and Commer-

cial Services (PCS) Trade Union. Phyll is the co-founder and

nucleus of the award-winning celebration and protest that is

UK Black Pride, which she set up to promote unity and co-operation among all Black people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin descent as well as their friends who identify as LGBT+. A community builder and organiser, Phyll is also a columnist and a public speaker with a focus on intersectional matters of race, gender, sexual orientation and class. 

 

 

 

 

 

Jesse Sperling - Deputy Director

Jesse Sperling has over a decade's 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 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 LGBTI 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 Trust's capacity as the co-chair of the Equal Rights Coalition and in the Commonwealth alongside international partners in The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN).

 

 

Anna Harvey - Office Manager & Executive Officer 

 

Anna has solid office and facilities management experience gained from her previous roles at Savills and CBRE. Before joining the Kaleidoscope team, Anna worked as Premises Manager & PA to the CEO of Centre 404; a charity supporting people with learning disabilities and autism. At Kaleidoscope Trust Anna facilitates the smooth running of the office whilst providing executive-level support to both the Director and the Board of Trustees.

 

 
 

 

Katsiaryna Borsuk - Programme Coordinator (Commonwealth Equality Programme)

 

Katsiaryna has almost 10 years of experience in programme and project management, fundraising, and organisational development, working with human rights and civil society empowerment. She worked with Front Line Defenders, contributing to the protection of human rights defenders at risk in Europe and Central Asia, with the Office for Democratic Belarus, as the fundraising consultant, and with the Belarusian Human Rights House as Programme Development and Fundraising Officer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 Juan Miguel Sánchez Marín - Head of Programmes

 

Juan brings 10+ years of programme management and organisational development experience to Kaleidoscope Trust.  Juan holds a Masters on Development Studies, a Diploma on Human Rights Law and is a certified trainer. Prior to joining Kaleidoscope Trust, Juan served as Deputy Director for Myanmar’s leading human rights education and advocacy organisation, as well as committee member of a non-profit initiative to foster greater understanding and awareness of LGBT+ identities in Southeast Asia through the arts. 

 

 
 

 

Anna Robinson - Researcher and Coordinator (APPG on Global LGBT Rights)

 

Anna holds a joint MA in Gender Studies from Utrecht University (NL) and the Central European University (HU). She is a former policy advisor on foreign affairs and human rights at the European Parliament and previously worked for the European Roma Rights Centre, a Roma-led international public interest law organisation working to combat anti-Romani racism. She is also a trustee for LGBT+ anti-violence charity, Galop. Anna works as the researcher and coordinator for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT Rights in the UK Parliament.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

SIR STEPHEN WALL - Chair

Sir Stephen Wall GCMG LVO is a retired British diplomat who served as Britain’s ambassador to Portugal and then as the UK’s Permanent Representative (Ambassador) to the European Union. His first overseas posting was to Ethiopia and he later worked on UK relations with a number of other African countries. He also worked on global foreign policy for three Prime Ministers in 10 Downing Street. He was for six years Chair of the Council of University College London (UCL) and was the university’s first equalities champion for LGBT issues.

 

 
 

ALVIN TO - Treasurer

Alvin is a Strategy Expert at Siemens. He has previously worked at EY with advisory and auditing experience in the UK, New Zealand, Switzerland and Jersey, this includes auditing charitable organisations. He has an MBA from INSEAD and 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 - Secretary

Noel is Senior Counsel Global Pharma Competition Law and Legal Operations at UK & Ireland Pharma GSK. He was previously a trustee and Company Secretary of the GMFA; the gay mens' health charity where he gained experience in management and project delivery.

 

 

 

REV JIDE MACAULAY

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 MILLSON

Simon has been a Trustee of the Kaleidoscope Trust since 2016 and most recently Chair of the Fundraising and Communications Committee. He has been a keen supporter of the organisation since its inception in 2011. Simon has over 25 years experience in international public affairs, having worked across the world including in Cape Town, Hong Kong, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro. He is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of British Youth Music Theatre and a Trustee of Omnibus Theatre.

 

 

REBECCA FOX

Rebecca is the founder of Grayblue: a business that specialises in digital transformation, technology, people and processes. She is also a blogger, digital entrepreneur, LGBT activist and patron of national trans charity Sparkle.

 

 

 

WILL MCCALLUM

Will McCallum is Head of Oceans at Greenpeace UK where he leads the organisation's campaigns on plastics, ocean sanctuaries and fisheries. Before arriving at Greenpeace he was involved in many community and social justice campaigns including co-founding a community bicycle workshop and campaigning for better access to education, including opposing the increase in tuition fees. He is the author of ‘How to Give Up Plastic’, published by Penguin Life.

 
 

 

RICHARD ANGELL

Richard is a campaigns and communications strategy consultant and LGBT+ rights campaigner. Until recently, he was a long-standing member of the Trades Union Congress LGBT Committee. He is a former director of a political pressure group and has worked on campaigns in the UK, Australia and Westminster for an All-Party Parliamentary Group addressing equalities issues. 

 

 
 

 

BETH DOWLING-JONES

Beth Dowling-Jones MBA is a Sales Partner at the investments company BNY Mellon. Beth served as founding trustee, then Chair of the LGBT+ education charity, Diversity Role Models for eight years. Beth has also served on the boards of the Gay Women’s Network, the Interbank LGBT+ Forum, as European chair of BNY Mellon’s LGBT employee resource group, PRISM and on BNY Mellon’s Global Diversity Council. Beth and her wife are proud mums of two wonderful daughters.

 

 
 

 

JASVIR SINGH OBE

Jasvir has been a prolific community activist over the last two decades, working primarily in empowering and lobbying for minorities in the UK. He is a family law barrister and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day. He is also a trustee and patron of several regional and national charities within the faith sector. He is also the Co-Founder of South Asian Heritage Month, a national awareness month which celebrates and commemorates South Asian arts, culture, history and identity.

 
 
 

 RICHARD WINGFIELD

Richard is Head of Legal at Global Partners Digital, a social purpose company working to enable a digital environment underpinned by human rights. Before joining Global Partners Digital, Richard led on policy development and advocacy at the Equal Rights Trust, an international human rights organisation seeking to combat discrimination and inequality. Richard is also a qualified barrister in England and Wales, and started his career practicing in criminal and human rights law.