Paul Dillane to step down as Kaleidoscope Trust Executive Director
Kaleidoscope Trust Executive Director, Paul Dillane, has announced that he will be leaving the charity in June 2019.
Announcing his decision, Paul said:
‘After 16 years in the human rights and LGBT+ movement, I have decided to change gear and refocus my time and energies. In June, I will step down from my position to take a career break and pursue new opportunities particularly focusing on writing, teaching and advocacy.
It has been such a privilege to lead this wonderful organisation. It has grown rapidly in recent years and established itself as an important voice on LGBT+ equality globally. I am particularly proud of the impact of our work and the talented team we have recruited. It will continue to grow from strength to strength and I look forward to welcoming my eventual successor during the transition process later this year.’
Sir Stephen Wall, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said:
‘Paul has done an outstanding job for Kaleidoscope Trust and for the courageous LGBT activists we support. The Board of Trustees understand and respect the reasons for his decision. We will build on Paul’s leadership and achievements with one aim: to help deliver for LGBT+ people the freedoms that are a basic human right for all of us.’
In his time as Executive Director, Paul has led the organisation through a period of substantial growth with the staff team growing from 2 to 11 people and income increasing to over a £1 million. Throughout his time at Kaleidoscope Trust, Paul has played a critical role in many of the organisation’s key achievements including:
- In his role as Head of the Secretariat of The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN), a network of 48 organisations in 44 countries working collectively to advocate for equality for LGBT+ persons across the Commonwealth, leading efforts to resource the network to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018, hosted in London in April last year; a landmark moment which saw Kaleidoscope Trust hosting the largest delegation of activists ever to participate in a Commonwealth summit;
- Leading the organisation’s efforts to engage with the UK Government ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 where British Prime Minister, Theresa May, expressed ‘deep regret’ for Britain’s historic role in instituting “discriminatory laws made many years ago [that] continue to affect the lives of many people, criminalising same sex relations and failing to protect women and girls”;
- Working intensively with partners to launch The Equality & Justice Alliance – a consortium composed of international NGOs Kaleidoscope Trust, Human Dignity Trust, The Royal Commonwealth Society and Sisters For Change – which is implementing a £5.6 million programme funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office which is working to build fairer, more equal and more inclusive Commonwealth societies by supporting countries seeking to reform laws that discriminate against women and girls and LGBT people;
- Providing expert input during the development of the ‘Yogyakarta Principles plus 10: Additional Principles and State Obligations on the Application of International Human Rights Law in Relation to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics’. The much-anticipated principles were adopted in November 2017 by a group of 33 international human rights experts - including Paul, who is a signatory - and chart a way forward for the United Nations, governments and other stakeholders to re-affirm their commitment to universal human rights;
- Overseeing the successful delivery of last week’s first TCEN Global Conference, hosted by Kaleidoscope Trust and Le Collectif Arc-en-Ciel (CAEC) in Mauritius, which brought together 55 activists from 45 countries for an intensive programme to develop a collective strategy to sustain efforts to champion equality for LGBT+ persons across the Commonwealth.
Kaleidoscope Trust will begin recruitment for a new Executive Director in the near future.