Introducing Our New Executive Director of Kaleidoscope
The Kaleidoscope Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Dillane as the charity’s new Executive Director. Paul brings a great track record of achievement to the trust which works to uphold the rights of LGBT citizens globally, and especially in the Commonwealth.
Since 2014, Paul has been Executive Director of the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG), 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.
The Kaleidoscope Trust has sponsored and developed a unique network of activists across the Commonwealth: courageous people who campaign for the basic human rights which they and other LGBT citizens are not allowed to enjoy and for whose attainment they put their lives on the line. The next big challenge and opportunity is the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in the UK in 2018. From March 2017, Paul will lead our work in seeking to make it a landmark meeting for LGBT rights.
John Fingleton, Chair of the Trustees of the Kaleidoscope Trust said “Paul’s experience working with LGBT asylum seekers and refugees means he brings a deep understanding of the personal impact of discrimination and persecution globally. This, combined with his policy expertise and experience in advocacy and fundraising, makes him an exciting choice to lead the work of the Kaleidoscope Trust in working to improve the lives of LGBT people across the world.”
Paul Dillane, incoming Executive Director, said: “It is a real privilege to be joining the Kaleidoscope Trust, which has established itself as a leading voice in advancing the human rights of LGBT people. I have seen at first-hand the terrible consequences of the discrimination and persecution LGBT people experience on a daily basis via my work with refugees and front-line activists. Now is a critical time to step up our efforts to support LGBT rights defenders in their struggle for freedom and equality. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with such a talented and committed team, including the inspiring members of The Commonwealth Equality Network, as we seek to build on our successes in defending the human rights of LGBT people around the world.”