Identifies as: gay.
We’re all social creatures, and we all take our cues from the people around us. Especially so when we’re at work, and trying to meet the expectations of our colleagues, or represent our organisation. So when none of my workplaces before Oxford had any visible LGBT representation or organisational support for them, that made an impression on me. On the other hand, when on arriving at Oxford I encountered the LGBT network, and one of my first events was listening to the rather wonderful Ruth Hunt give the Oxford LGBT+ history month lecture in 2015 - well, that made an impression, too. As did working in a department and a college which have been wholeheartedly welcoming and supportive. One of Ruth Hunt’s messages (it was a great lecture, the podcast is available) was about the difference between having formal equality, and a real equality that people live and experience in their everyday lives, including in their workplace. Which is why it’s an honour to make my own contribution by being an LGBT+ role model.
If you are interested in my work, then have a look at my departmental profile here
If you would like to attend the Role Model training please email:
Information for new LGBT+ Staff (PDF)