Paul Martin Nominated Amongst Greater Manchester's Most Influential

Publish Date: 30/04/2012

The list, announced on Friday, features 250 of the most influential people in Greater Manchester from services, sport, media, public sector, arts, charities, religion and research.

Paul Martin OBE, who has been a leading figure in the LGB&T community for over 20 years, has been nominated in the religion and charities section.

Driven by his own experiences of discrimination, Paul co-founded Healthy Gay Manchester in 1994. In 2000, HGM merged with Manchester Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, the UK's second longest serving telephone helpline supporting LGB people to form The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, where Paul took on the role of Chief Executive.

The LGF under Paul's leadership has become a nationally-recognised body which now employs over 30 staff and over 150 volunteers.

Paul comments; “Being nominated is a real privilege. I am always inspired to achieve greater things for the LGB&T community”. Paul credits his drive to what made him become involved to begin with, though he admits he has changed as a person in the time between. "I've never forgotten people I love dying from HIV; that was a massive motivator for me in the early days of my career and that's never left me.”

Paul has been instrumental in developing services for LBG&T people;“in the early days, I was the only Chief Officer of a gay and bisexual men's charity who was contemplating broadening our remit to work with lesbian and bisexual women”.

In June last year Paul was awarded an Order of the British Empire, Officer Class for services to the community. He has been highlighted by Attitude magazine in their role models issue, is a non-executive director of NHS Manchester, sits on the board of Gaydio and is also Chair of The National LGB&T Partnership which is a strategic partner of The Department of Health, among many other roles.

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  • 66

    very nice person