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 nine years’ 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).







Alexander Leon - Programme Coordinator (TCEN)


Alex is an anti-racism and LGBT+ activist with five 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. In his spare time, he writes and campaigns on issues facing the LGBT+ community and has been featured in BBC News, The Guardian and more. He currently supports the Kaleidoscope Trust's work with The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN).




Emmanuelle Andrews - Research and Policy Coordinator (TCEN)


Emmanuelle has a background in Anthropology and Law and a Master's degree in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice where she conducted research on British racial politics and black resistance to state violence. Meanwhile, she was a Research Assistant for the Youth Sexual Health Team working on issues such as HIV non-disclosure legislation and substance use, and was also the Project Manager for the Critical Ethnic Studies Association's international conference. Currently, she is a Board Member of the Public Interest Research Centre and is also a Researcher-in-Residence at the South London Gallery, where she is working on a project in partnership with SOAS, the University of Cambridge, the British Library and others that engages youth with issues of colonialism in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and the UK. Here at Kaleidoscope Trust, Emmanuelle supports the work of The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN)




Leena Patel - Programme Manager (Equality & Justice Alliance)


Leena has over 10 years' experience working on women’s and girls’ rights. Between 2010 to 2016, Leena was based in New Delhi; she worked with UN Women’s South Asia office managing projects on women’s economic empowerment and political participation under the Fund for Gender Equality. In 2013, Leena became a freelance consultant where she worked with international and local organisations in India on research, advocacy and resource mobilisation. More recently, Leena worked with Girl Effect as Senior Manager, Gender.




Katsiaryna Borsuk - Programme Coordinator (Equality & Justice Alliance)


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 - Programme Manager (Strong in Diversity, Bold on Inclusion)


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. Juan joins the team as Manager of the Strong in Diversity - Bold on Inclusion prorgramme; a three-year programme aimed at promoting LGBT+ inclusion and driving positive change for LGBT+ people in five African cities. 




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. Since September 2017, she has been co-chair of IGLYO - the International LGBTQI Youth & Student Organisation. Anna works as the researcher and coordinator for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT Rights in the UK Parliament.




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.







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.


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.



ALVIN TO - Treasurer

Alvin is a consultant with advisory and auditing experience in the banking and capital markets sector.  He is currently a MBA candidate at INSEAD.  He has previously worked at EY and has experience working in the UK, New Zealand, Switzerland and Jersey including experience auditing 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 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 is CEO at Education Support Partnership, a UK charity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of the entire education workforceSinéad 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.  Sinéad also holds an MSc in social policy from the London School of Economics.




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.  




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, patron of national trans charity Sparkle, and board member of the LGBT network for startups and enterpreneurs, Series Q.





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.




Marianne works for Microsoft and is the General Manager Partners & Small and Medium Customer for 33 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. She is a passionate LGBT role model, supporting East European LGBT organisations, and regularly speaks at international conferences to increase awareness about human rights equality issues facing LGBT people. Within Microsoft, at the global and regional level, she is recognised as one of the leading LGBT Executives scoping policies and fostering a diverse and inclusive culture within Microsoft.  




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.