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The Kaleidoscope Trust welcomes John Fingleton as the new Chair of its Board of Trustees

The Kaleidoscope Trust is pleased to announce that John Fingleton has taken over as Chair of its Board of Trustees Trust from October 1st 2015.


John Fingleton said:


The rapid improvement in LGBT rights in the the UK and other countries in recent years is hugely welcome, but it is not replicated internationally, and in some cases has deteriorated.  This has a huge unnecessary negative impact on individuals, their friends and families, and the societies in which they live.


The Kaleidoscope Trust’s support to movements and leaders upholding the human rights of LBGT people helps drive change from within these countries, building political will and challenging harmful social norms.  


I look forward to working with our Trustees, our great team of staff and volunteers led by Dr Felicity Daly, and our wide circle of friends and supports to continue and step up the impact of our important work to make a real positive difference to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”


  1. The Kaleidoscope Trust works to advance the human rights of LGBT people internationally by listening to, amplifying and communicating their voices to a wider audience, and by standing with them in persuading public and political opinion of the need for an end to all discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

  2. The challenge. In over 78 countries across the globe LGBT people face the possibility of imprisonment, attack or even death.  In these countries, including 40 of the 53 Commonwealth member states, laws exist that can be used to prosecute people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

  3. John Fingleton is an economist and was head of the Irish Competition Authority from 2000 to 2005 and CEO of the Office of Fair Trading from 2005 to 2012.  In 2013, he founded Fingleton Associates, a boutique advisory firm.  He is a Trustee of two other charities: Stepchange and the Center for Economic Policy Research.