Bi+ inclusion team

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

Astrid Crowley

Astrid Crowley

I work in the Cabinet Office, and am both a Vice Chair and Bi+ Lead for the Civil Service LGBT+ Network. 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.

Emma Altmann-Richer

Emma Altmann-Richer

I'm Head of Inclusion at the Department for Work and Pensions. I joined the Civil Service in 2018. In my first few weeks, I attended a BiSpace event in London and was inspired to meet so many bi+ civil servants and this motivated me to get involved in the bi+ committee. Since then I've created our bi+-visibility fact sheet, represented the civil service LGBT+ team at diversity and inclusion events, and organised a bi+-visibility & intersectionality event. I hope all these initiatives will continue to make bi+ civil servants like myself feel acknowledged and represented.

Robin Tamblyn

Robin Tamblyn

I work for the Rural Payments Agency in Exeter and am a member of the DEFRA LGBA&T Network. I am currently the Asexual Lead for BiSpace, a position I volunteered for after experiencing aphobia outside the workplace. I am committed to improving visibility, acceptance and inclusion for everyone in our community, and have supported this in the Civil Service by creating the first cross-government Asexuality Fact Sheet. Hopefully this resource is one of the many to come to raise the profile of asexuality.

Sunny Thompson

Sunny Thompson

I volunteered because I feel passionately about bi inclusion, being married to someone of another gender and living in a rural community with no “scene” I am exceptionally invisible! After 16 years in the Rural Payments Agency, and a long time as Defra’s bi rep and LGBAT network vice-chair, I moved onto the Fast Stream, rather unusual for someone in their forties. I have rotated through three more departments in a short space of time, bi+ people can often face coming out as a constant process and I have been surprised how difficult that was after building up a level of comfort and confidence in my original department. I am currently at the Valuations Office Agency but will move onto another placement in October 2021 for my third Fast Stream year.

Alan Edwards

Alan Edwards

I work as an Investigator at the Serious Fraud Office. For many years I felt unable to be out about my bisexual identity, in part because there were no visible bi people where I work. I eventually wrote a blog post about bi visibility that was published on my department’s intranet around the same time that I joined the Bi+ Inclusion Team. I have since helped create an LGBT+ Network where I work, which I now co-chair. I am keen to take an active role to improve LGBT+, and in particular bisexual, visibility and inclusion in the Civil Service to ensure that people feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work.

Diana Reynolds

Diana Reynolds

Having worked in the private, public and third sectors, I finally became a civil servant in 2000.  I have identified as bi and trans since I was very young and, more recently (when I finally came across the word) as pan.  In 2018, I joined the Welsh Government LGBT+ Network, PRISM, as our (first ever) Bi representative. I run a long term change programme in Welsh Government and I am interested in how we can all adapt and develop in ways that fully appreciate the beauty and strength in human variety.

Mark Smith

Mark Smith

I work as a Diplomat in the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office and live in Egypt with my wife Vicky. I identify as bi+/fluid/questioning/nondefining and am Bi+ representative for the FCDO FLAG Committee. I also head the FLAG Africa Hub and joined the Civil Service Bi+ Inclusion Team in 2020. I’m passionate about supporting those with complex sexuality, orientation or identity.