We support LGBT+ activists around the world

Our Team

OFFICERS

 

 

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 - 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.

 

 

  

Paul Dillane - Executive Director

Paul Dillane is the Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Trust, the UK's leading international LGBT charity. He has specialised in the protection of refugees and LGBT rights for 14 years including during a career at Amnesty International and as Executive Director of UKLGIG, the UK's national LGBT asylum and refugee charity. He has extensive policy, advocacy and fundraising experience - working with other NGOs, government and parliamentarians regionally and internationally. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Human Rights Lawyers Association and a signatory to the Yogyakarta Principles plus 10 on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics launched in 2017 and is now on the LGBT Advisory Panel.

 

 

 

Jesse Sperling - Programme Manager (TCEN)

Jesse Sperling has seven 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 Commonwealth-facing advocacy alongside international partners in The Commonwealth Equality Network.

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Leon - Programme Coordinator (TCEN)

 

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. In his spare time, he writes and speaks about racism and mental health in the LGBT+ community. He currently supports the Kaleidoscope Trust's work with The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN).

 

 

 

Darren Mew - Communications Coordinator (TCEN)

 

Darren has experience working across LGBT+ media, including Attitude magazine, Gay Star News, PinkNews, HISKIND, Fruitcake and LGBT History Month Magazine, as well as volunteering at National Student Pride as their press officer and Pride in London as their Communications Project Manager. They have a BA in Creative Writing\English and MA in Digital Media. In their spare time, they advocate on issues transgender and non-binary people face and co-hosts the podcast 'Facscinatingly Odd? Fantastically Queer!'. They currently support the Kaleidoscope Trust's work with The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN).

 

 

Emmanuelle Andrews - Research and Policy Coordinator (TCEN)

 

Emmanuelle has a background in Law and Anthropology 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. She is a Board Member of the Public Interest Research Centre and at Kaleidoscope Trust 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. 

 

 

 

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 Assistant

 

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.

 

 


 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Philippa Drew

PHILIPPA DREW CB

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 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

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.

 

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 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 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.

 

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

 

 

 

 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.

 

PHYLL OPOKU-GYIMAH

Also known as Lady Phyll, Phyll is the Executive Director of UK Black Pride and also a senior official at the Public and Commercial Services trade union as the Head of Equality & Learning. Phyll is also a community builder and organiser; a Diva Magazine columnist and a public speaker focusing on intersectional matters of race, gender sexuality and class. In addition, Phyll has been nominated for and won numerous accolades including the European Diversity Awards Campaigner of the Year in 2017 and features in the top 5 on the World Pride Power List.

 

 MARIANNE ROLING

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.