Election of Management Committee 2009 The Management Committee of Pride in Brighton & Hove is made up of up to fourteen volunteers who act a Trustees of the charity and Directors of the company (Pride South East Ltd). An open, targeted recruitment process was undertaken twice during 2008 in order to fill vacancies on the committee and address specific skills-gaps within Pride as an organisation. This process included advertisements in local media, postings to professional networking websites and mail shots to local businesses and organisations. The individuals listed below have all been interviewed by a sub-committee of existing Trustees and have been invited to join the Management Committee. Members at the AGM are requested to vote on the appointment of these new Trustees. Geoffrey Bowden Geoffrey Bowden joined the board in December 2008 as Trustee leading on communications and public relations. He trained as a journalist and runs his own public relations consultancy based in Brighton. Sam Dickinson Sam Dickinson joined the Board of Trustees of Pride Brighton and Hove in July 2008 and acts, together with Phil Warford, as Trustee leading on legal matters. She assists Pride with various legal and compliance matters as well as taking part in the strategic planning and implementation of Pride events. Neil Dillon Neil Dillon joins the board as Trustee leading on Volunteering. He has previously been chair of Sussex University LGBT, organising and co-ordinating events and arranging campaigns. His campaigning has included T representation in the NUS, the repeal of section 28 and the removal of the blood drives ban on gay men. He has previously worked with many other charity's including UNIsex, Maternity worldwide, CAAN and Amnesty International. Timothy Drew Tim joins the board as Treasurer since December 2008. The role includes making sure that every penny raised for and spent by Pride is correctly accounted for. Having enjoyed many Prides in many cities over the years, Tim applied to join the Board of Pride to play a part in keeping our Pride acknowledged as the best free Pride in the country. Tim is qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and currently works as a Chief Finance Officer at a charity in London. He has lived in Brighton since 2001. Philip Warford Phil works with Sam Dickinson as a Trustee leading on legal issues having joined the board of Trustees in July 2008. Legal issues go to the heart of every matter and so Phil has never has a dull moment since he joined the board! He lives in Brighton and works for a local firm of solicitors specialising in Trust and Tax planning, protection of finances of those with a learning disability, Will drafting and administration of estates. For information only, listed below are the current serving members of the Management Committee: Yvonne Barker Yvonne became the Chair of Pride in Brighton & Hove at the end of 2008, having held the position of treasurer on the Board of Trustees since the start of 2006. Yvonne hopes to encourage everyone to get involved in Pride - as members, organisers, volunteers, trustees, spectators and businesses - and to support us in delivering our charitable objectives. She is committed to keeping the local community at the heart of Pride, and to ensuring that Pride the organisation is well governed, transparent in its decision making and financially sustainable. Outside of Pride Yvonne runs a local management consultancy. Robert Clothier Robert has been with Pride for the past two years, and as well as being Vice Chair is the Trustee leading on the Park. This role involves meeting with the appropriate organisers and governing bodies to ensure that the main Pride park event at Preston Park continues to grow year on year as it becomes a better, brighter and safer LGBT celebration! When not focussed on Pride, Robert can be found kicking up his heels on the cabaret circuit as his Drag persona ‘LADY JAMES’; a role which has taken him all over the country and indeed the world, working in Prague, Copenhagen and Sydney, Australia. Russell Allen Russell joined the board in March 2008 and is currently serving as Company Secretary. The past twelve months have been a real induction into all things Pride, including a slightly damp, but thoroughly enjoyable Companion Dog Show! Russell is a librarian by day and works in the children’s services team in West Sussex. He lives in Worthing with his partner and enjoys theatre, cinema and socializing with friends. Kath Browne Kath Browne is a University Lecturer and the lead researcher on the Count Me In Too Project. She has been a trustee for Pride since 2005 and currently acts as Trustee leading on Community and Diversity issues. Susan Luxford Susan joined the board in 2008 as Trustee leading on Community Communications and Membership, having been an active and participatory member of the LGBT community of Brighton & Hove since moving here in 1999. She found the LGBT scene welcomed her fully, providing space to make friends, have new experiences, and enjoy life fully. Susan is thankful for the opportunity to give back to the community that is a part of her and her extended home, and be a part of an organisation that supports that community as a whole. Shonali Rodrigues Shonali joined the board in 2008 with over 12 years of experience in national and international events, in both the public and private sector. A Preston Park resident since 2007, she feels the best aspect of Pride is that it brings local communities together. She is the Trustee leading on sponsorship and fundraising and hopes that her role with the Pride Board can keep Pride free for many years to come. Jo Wren Jo Wren is the Trustee leading on the Parade. She has been involved with Pride for 3 years, the last year as a Trustee, and in that time has undertaken such illustrious tasks as organising the Pride Companion Dog Show and managing the bucket collectors at the Park event! In her day job she works for The Prince's Trust setting up new projects. She lives in Hove with her partner and in her spare time she enjoys watching films, skiing, sailing and drinking wine with friends.