Local organisers

Our local organisers help us deliver work in places near you. This includes our events, campaigns and social activities.

Derek Bradford

Derek Bradford

Scotland

I’m Derek and I am honoured to be HMRC LGBT+ PRISM Network Chairperson. I live near Glasgow with my husband George, together for 17 years, our African Grey parrot ‘Mac’ and our 2 cats Dolce & Gabbana.  Employed by HMRC since 1983, based in Cumbernauld where I am a manager in Debt Management.  I believe it is important to be visible and lead from the front. I am always actively involved in Pride season, leading my LGBT+ friends and colleagues at Pride events all over the UK as well as playing an active role in organising events for key LGBT+ dates.

Matthew Walker

Matthew Walker

North West

I’m Matt the Local Organiser here in the North West. I have been involved with Civil Service LGBT+ since December 2018. I first became involved in LGBT+ organising with Norwich Pride when it first started, this really made me aware that I wanted to do more for the community. We send out regular emails and have monthly socials in Liverpool and Manchester with the view to have more across the region. I also provide poster packs and make awareness ribbons for the region.

Ross Starkie

Ross Starkie

North West

I joined the Civil Service in 2014 as a Tax Professional and have stayed in a similar role since. As well as my day job I am part of works LGBT+ Network, heading up the Liverpool Steering Committee. I am passionate to make sure the voices of all LGBT+ colleagues are heard, represented and visible. Being Bi+ I don’t fall neatly into the ‘gay space’, which comes with its own unique challenges which people don’t always considered. I have enjoyed working with Matt in the NW promoting and hosting socials as well as covering the NW weekly newsletter when needed.

Jordan Ledger

Jordan Ledger

London

In my day job I work at the Foreign Office, overseeing foreign policy matters relevant to the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. I joined the Civil Service in 2014 and have also worked at DfE, the Government Equalities Office, and the Wales Office. London is one of the most LGBT+ friendly cities in the world, and here in the capital our Civil Service network is already well established. But there is always more to do, and I’d love to hear about any new ideas for events and socials.

Andrew Cowler

Andrew Cowler

South West

I joined the Civil Service in 2008, working in employment relations and more recently HR casework, and have been one of the ‘ambassadors’ for my department’s LGBT+ network since 2017. I really enjoy working with other networks on intersectionality and shared issues that impact on all underrepresented groups, particularly mental health and unconscious bias. I’ve been one of the local organisers in the South West since 2018 and it’s been great to meet colleagues from other departments. Working together on social events has built new friendships and I’m looking forward to growing our group in Bristol and beyond.

Katharine Sendell

Katharine Sendell

South West

I joined the Civil Service in 2015 as an apprentice working on the Civil Service Jobs website. Having such a small Cabinet Office presence in Bristol made it easier to be part of the core Civil Service LGBT+ network than the Cabinet Office one, so along with Andrew Cowler I became a regional organiser and rep for the south west region of the network in 2018. I've loved seeing our little community grow in numbers, and meeting and having the opportunity to work with so many colleagues from different departments has been amazing.

Mark Lambert

Mark Lambert

South East

My name is Mark Lambert. I work for CFCD (Counter Fraud Compliance and Debts), which is part of the DWP and I am based in Oxford. I am the new South East lead for Civil Service LGBT+ Network and also the local rep and a committee member rep and for DWPride Southern England. DWPride is the support group for LGBT+ people and their allies in the DWP. Previously I have raised awareness by raising different flags that represent our communities and given awareness talks about why despite having equality on law, groups such as ours are needed.

Lex Jurowscy

North East

Richard Newbury

Richard Newbury

Wales

I am currently working as an Operations Manager in Disability Services within DWP and DWPride regional lead for Wales and Northern Ireland. I joined the Civil Service LGBT+ Network and volunteered to be the regional lead for Wales. I have been in the Civil Service for 18 years but I would always hide my sexuality. After becoming the first Mr Leather Wales back in 2016 I decided that it was important for me to be who I am in the workplace as well as outside of work. I feel it’s important that we bring our whole selves to work. I also have a passion to see cross government working to ensure that the Civil Service is a great place to work.

Jo Forbes

West Midlands

David Wilson

East Midlands

Robert Naylor

East Midlands