I'm a Sociologist with significant industry experience within the charity sector and education. I have been, and I'm currently, active in the Third Sector for over fifteen years in a range of roles from charity and volunteer management at operational and senior level, fundraising, campaigning and community development work. I have also worked in youth projects and taught in secondary schools as a former Head of Religion and Philosophy and in HE colleges as an Access Course Tutor and Foundation Degree Leader.
I studied for a BSc (Hons) Sociology and Social Research and an MSc Social Research at Northumbria University, as well as an MA Gender Studies at Newcastle University. I am currently studying a part-time PhD at the University of Leeds exploring the life histories of older people living with HIV. I am primarily interested in the lived experiences of people living with HIV and AIDS as well as LGBTQI+ identities and human rights in light of global homophobia and oppression. My other research interests include global health and global issues as well as the role of the Third Sector and volunteering.
I am an active member of the Crown Prosecution Services (CPS) panel for Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crime and the UK Psychosocial Network. I am a member of the British Sociological Association.Community outreach:
I was the founder and long-term Chair of two community organisations, including:
LGBT History Project NE (an organisation providing free public workshops events and educational training to teachers on LGBTQI+ histories and issues): https://www.lgbthistoryproject.co.uk/
Thrive NE (an HIV support organisation in the North East of England open to all). Won the 'North East LGBT Awards: Charity and Community Initiative Award' (2017) and was shortlisted for the National British LGBT Awards (2017).
Hidayah: I am currently the Chair of Hidayah, an organisation which campaigns for, and supports, the rights and recognition of LGBTQI+ Muslims in the United Kingdom. This is a nationwide organisation which has groups across the United Kingdom, from London to Glasgow. You can find further radio and media links where I have spoken about the issues faced by LGBTQI+ Muslims via the Hidayah website: https://www.hidayahlgbt.co.uk/media-and-outreach
Last updated 17 August 2018