Leadership team

We are a volunteer-led network, made up of members from across the UK.

Kate Hughes

Kate Hughes

I’ve worked in a variety of roles in the Civil Service, across D&I, HR, Project Management and IT, I’m currently working in Civil Service Employee Policy which is part of CSHR. I’ve been involved with LGBT networks for almost as long as I’ve been a civil servant, setting up and chairing a departmental network in the past and chairing the Civil Service LGBT+ Network now. I’m passionate about diversity and inclusion and feel very strongly that we should be able to bring our whole selves to work. I’m also very aware that something that makes a team stronger is the diversity of its members, whether that team is the CSLGBT+ Network Exec or the whole of the Civil Service.

Astrid Crowley

Astrid Crowley

I work in International Strategy & Engagement in the Home Office, currently in the Asia team. In the Civil Service LGBT+ Network, I am both a Vice Chair and Bi+ Lead. I lead a small, dedicated team that promotes bi+ visibility and inclusion across the Civil Service, by running dedicated events, publishing resources, and connecting colleagues. By not falling neatly into either lesbian/gay, or straight spaces, bi+ people can find it difficult to come out and feel accepted or legitimised, even within the LGBT+ community. I wanted to volunteer my time towards ensuring all LGBT+ staff feel equally supported and represented, no matter how they identify.

James Jefferson

James Jefferson

I’m currently a Policy Advisor in the Cities and Local Growth Unit. I started volunteering for the CSLGBT+ network when I joined the Civil Service in 2018 as part of a project team. I look forward to driving forward exciting projects as a Vice Chair and helping facilitate the best collaboration amongst all our networks – to ensure the Civil Service offers the most inclusive experience for us LGBT+ people. I also oversee all our communications, the website and our social media pages. Outside of work, I volunteer for a LGBT+ charity, enjoy exploring new places and finding a good last minute deal on theatre tickets!

Marc Fitchett

Marc Fitchett

I work as a Project Manager in the Homelessness & Rough Sleeping team at MHCLG which is my first role in the Civil Service. I volunteered for the CS LGBT+ Network after attending the Government Equalities Office's National LGBT+ Conference and feeling empowered to make the Civil Service a more inclusive place for LGBT+ colleagues. I really hope that through the Network I’m able to help make Government a more inclusive place to work for minorities.

John Peart

John Peart

I’m currently a Bill Manager in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. I have worked in a number of departments, including the Government Equalities Office where I was Head of Sexual Orientation policy and the Government Digital Service. I was Vice-Chair for the Civil Service LGBT+ Network from October 2017 to 2019. I took a step back from the role while working in private office but have resumed that role in April 2021. I’ve been involved in the cross government network since I joined the Civil Service in 2013; helping to deliver our Role Models guide and LGBT Impact Index, developing the network’s digital presence, and leading our Pride activities.

Edward He

Edward He

I joined Civil Service in 2019 as a Chartered Engineer, having previously worked in higher education, R&D, the steelworks, oil & gas and aviation industries. I currently serve as one of the Vice Chairs for our Civil Service LGBT+ Network, a university career mentor, a STEM Ambassador and a trustee for a cancer support charity in South Wales. I am also a proud Welsh learner and speaker. I am keen to support our LGBT+ colleagues from different professional, religious and ethnical backgrounds and help create a culture within the Civil Service where we can truly be ourselves, value our similarities and appreciate our differences. I want to be part of this exciting transformation!

Leah Cunnah

Leah Cunnah

I am a policy manager in the Department for Education. I studied sexuality and gender in my Sociology degrees. I have volunteered with LGBT youth groups and delivered sessions in schools to tackle bullying and encourage equality. I was the volunteer coordinator for Liverpool Pride 2018. As a Vice-Chair of the Civil Service LGBT Network I want to deliver more for women to increase support as well as diversity and inclusion. As an ally, I want to help raise awareness and tackle discrimination to encourage others to embrace equality and diversity.

Jordon Zaman

Jordon Zaman

In my day job I'm the Head of Social Mobility for the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Unit, within the Cabinet Office, having previously worked at DHSC and DWP. I became a vice-chair of the CS LGBT+ Network because I want to ensure that our workforce has a recognised space and powerful voice on behalf for our LGBT+ community, no matter where you come from or what your identity is. I think the Civil Service is greatly underestimated by others in our expertise on LGB&TI issues, and I hope to help build our credibility as a centre of expertise within the U.K.