Meet our Trustees

The Board of Trustees at LGBT Foundation are the first and final decision making authority within LGBT Foundation.

In addition to Board meetings, Trustees are actively encouraged to join one or more of the Board Sub Committee's which generally meet monthly and look in-depth at specific topics, and develop proposals to recommend to the Board for agreement.  Currently the Board Sub Committee's include: Finance, Fundraising, Governance and Membership and Service Improvement.

The full Board meets quarterly, but it’s Sub Committees often meet monthly. To manage its affairs when not sitting, the Board have three Officers: The Chair, The Secretary and The Treasurer. Each position has a term of office for one year. All Trustees receive thorough in-depth induction and training.

David McGovern (Chair & Company Secretary)

David McGovern

David has been a volunteer with LGBT Foundation for twelve years, starting work on the helpline in 2003. In the time since he has become a Trustee, briefly serving as the Company Secretary, before going on to be elected as Chair of the Board in 2007. David has thirty years of experience in both the Public and Non-Profit sectors, with the later fifteen of these at a senior level.

He is currently a Senior Manager in the Housing sector and is a recognised expert on Governance and Organisation Improvement/Development.

In 2010, he was awarded an Honorary Degree by The University of Salford for his work on LGBT issues and named Charity Chair of the Year at The Third Sector National Awards in 2013. He lives in his beloved Salford with his husband Darren, and their dog Punch.

Glyn Jenkins (Co-Treasurer)

Glyn Jenkins cropped

Glyn has been a Trustee of the LGBT Foundation for eighteen years, joining after his retirement from Barclays Bank where he worked as Bank Manager of the organisation.

For the past fourteen years he has worked here in the position of Treasurer, all whilst taking on the heavy load of working in the same position for three other organisations!

When he gets a moment of spare time, Glyn enjoys travelling, cooking, reading and spending time with his grandchildren.

Glyn is also married, and in 2016 will be celebrating his Golden anniversary. 

Smyth Harper (Deputy Co-Chair)

Smyth Harper

Smyth has had a varied career in journalism and public relations, working for a range of organisations including the Manchester Evening News, BBC, Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council. He is currently Head of Communications and Engagement for Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

He is an active member of Manchester’s LGBT community. As well as helping to support the economic success of the Village by spending too much money in its venues, he aims to be an advocate for LGBT issues wherever he can. Notably, he volunteers as an LGBT Foundation Village Angel.

An Irishman who has lived in Manchester most of his adult life, Smyth spends too much time on karaoke, not enough time in the gym and a soul-destroying amount of his life humanely euthanizing injured mice and birds brought in by his killer cat.

Andrea Murray

Andrea Murray

Andrea Murray is a policy and strategy specialist, with a background in gender equality, regulation and international development and social change projects.

From 2002 to 2012, she was Policy Director at the Equal Opportunities and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, specialising in integrating equality and human rights into public services. She campaigned successfully to secure the gender equality duty and led the implementation and regulation of the single public sector equality duty.

Andrea is currently Head of Policy at the Money Advice Service, leading the development of the Financial Capability Strategy for the UK. 

Catherine Poulton

Catherine Poulton

Catherine is now retired, but spent her working life as a Police Officer in Greater Manchester.

She continues her interest in criminal justice through her membership of working groups advising the Crown Prosecution Service and the British Transport Police respectively.

As well as this, she also has an interest in primary health care.

When not working toward fighting crimes and saving lives, she likes to work on her allotment in Stretford.

Jeannie Parr

Jeannie Parr

After spending twenty seven years working in the public sector, Jeannie decided to re-train as a Psychotherapist, and loves her new role!

She is currently conducting her MSc research dissertation at the University of Salford, and is also training in clinical hypnosis. Jeannie is particularly interested in LGBT issues because she believes that sexual identity is a fundamental part of who we are, and enjoys working with people to increase their self-acceptance. She works at the LGBT as a voluntary Counsellor, as well as working at another charity in Bolton in her spare time.

Jeannie enjoys spending time being creative whenever possible - from making greeting cards to assembling jewellery to painting.

Lee Broadstock (Co-Treasurer)

Lee Broadstock

Lee is currently the Equality Officer for the Greater Manchester Police, working with the Equality and Human Rights Commission to ensure compliance with the Equality act, and is a passionate advocate for equality and diversity.

Before joining the GMP in 2007, Lee previously worked in the private sector as a Management Accountant. Working in varied policing roles with responsibility for the city centre and village area, he has worked on tackling hate crime, and helped develop and support the LGBT Angels concept.

Lee currently hosts a monthly hate crime surgery at the LGBT Foundation and is the current Chair of GMP's LGBT support network - 'GMP Pride Network', developing closer LGBT community links and developing a regional and National LGBT Police staff network.

Helen Stevenson (Deputy Co-Chair)

Helen Stevenson

Originally from Northern Ireland, Helen came to Manchester to study and loved it so much she decided not to leave. She is now a Management Consultant for a large professional services firm, working primarily with local authorities on transformation projects in the public sector.

A committee member of her staff LGBT network, Helen is keen to give back to the voluntary sector following rounds of funding cuts. She was the Communications Officer for the University of Manchester LGBT society, working on a committee of fifteen people, overseeing a diverse membership of over four hundred LGBT students.

Helen is a keen sports player, having played hockey in Ireland for over five years. As well as this, she loves to travel – even taking a surfboarding trip in Mexico

Reverend Dr Hayley Matthews

Hayley Matthews

Reverend Dr Hayley Matthews is Rector of Holy Innocents' Church in Fallowfield, an inclusive Church of England parish church (10am Sundays).

Hayley is also a Trustee for the William Temple Foundation, having a passion for all forms of equality. A well as being a priest, Hayley is a regular broadcaster with the BBC, AllFM, Gaydio and UCB, continuing to write academic papers on Equality and Diversity issues, as well as Thoughts for the Day, blogging and guest columns in a variety of publications.

Hayley also represents Members of the Faith Workers Branch of UNITE the Union on their National Executive as an Equality and Diversity Rep. Hayley also finds time to do a spot of gardening, cooking, cycling, camping and trampolining with her adopted children.