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 of experience as an LGBT+ rights activist and anti-racism campaigner.
She 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 Commercial Services (PCS) Trade Union.
From 2019 to 2023 Phyll Opoku-Gyimah was the Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Trust, leaving to become the first full-time Chief Executive of UK Black Pride, the award-winning celebration and protest that she co-founded.
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.