The Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for LGBT Foundation's activities and sets the strategic direction of the charity. Trustees also contribute their knowledge and expertise to the many complex issues the organisation faces.

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, specific topics, and develop proposals to recommend to the Board for agreement. Currently the Board Sub Committees include:

  • Finance and Administration Sub Committee (FASC)
  • Performance and Planning Sub Committee (PPSC)
  • Governance Sub Committee (GSC)

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 one year term of office. All Trustees receive a thorough induction and training.

We occasionally need to recruit trustees. This is a fantastic opportunity to guide LGBT Foundation in its vision of building a fair and equal society where all LGBT can achieve their full potential. If you want to find out about becoming a trustee go to the becoming a trustee section and keep an eye on our social media channels where we will advertise vacancies.

Simon Bracewell

Simon is the Director of Havas Education, the specialist education marketing division of the Havas group. He has been working in advertising for over 25 years. 1988 saw him dabble for the first time in recruitment marketing. Or job ads, as we called them back then.

Around 17 years ago he joined a team run by the formidable Julie Towers at Riley Advertising in Nottingham. The rest is history, as Riley morphed into the agency now known as Havas People.

With a character only marginally less colourful than his wardrobe*, Simon’s managed teams, departments and regional offices, and worked with clients across recruitment and education marketing. Simon is heavily involved in the LGBT network within the Havas group and helped to recently launch @havaspride

Simon comes from Leeds. His other claim to fame is that he once directed and starred in a TV commercial with Patrick Stewart!

*There is no truth in the rumour that Tim Peake could see it from space. It was the Northern Lights, honest.

Lee Broadstock (Co-Treasurer)

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.

Olivia Butterworth (Co-Chair)

Olivia leads NHS England and NHS Improvement’s work to ensure that the NHS works with citizens and communities to have a voice that influences the development, design and delivery of our health and care services. She is the national lead for the People and Communities workstream of the Primary Care Networks programme.

Key responsibilities include the development of approaches to drive citizen and community involvement through programmes such as; NHS Citizen, a citizen and community led approach aiming to drive a culture change in public participation; and supporting the health and care system to involve people and communities; all underpinned by the statutory guidance published in April 2017 – supporting participation in health and care. She was named in the HSJs Top 50 Innovators and the Top 50 Integrators in 2014. In 2018 she was named as one of the Top 70 NHS Stars.

Olivia is active in supporting LGBT rights and has a particular passion for ensuring all women have a voice that has influence and equity. She has been a Trustee at LGBT Foundation since 2016.

Olivia has a background in Community Development and education with a passion for empowering people to be their own change. She has worked with a wide and diverse range of voluntary sector organisations, both in paid and voluntary roles, providing support with organisational development, developing services, engagement, involvement and fundraising.

Smyth Harper (Co-Chair)

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, Manchester City Council and the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. He is currently head of communications at Lancashire County Council, one of the biggest local authorities in the country.

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.

An Irishman who has made Manchester his home, Smyth has three cats who permit him and his partner Ed to live with them. He spends too much time on karaoke and not enough time in the gym.

Sharmila Kar

Sharmila is a senior HR & OD professional specialising in strategy and people development. She is currently the Director of Workforce & OD at Manchester Health and Care Commissioning. The role is focused on shaping and implementing the strategic direction of MHCC through the development of leading edge organisational development, human resource and equality practices. It also involves working in close collaboration with Health and Care partners in the city of Manchester and GM.

Prior to joining the NHS, Sharmila was the HR & OD Director at Nacro, the largest charity in England and Wales dedicated to reducing crime where she led a major organisational change programme. Sharmila has also headed up the HR and OD functions at the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Disability Rights Commission.

Sharmila has worked with a wide range of organisations across the public and not for profit sector undertaking a portfolio of HR, OD and Equality related projects including serving on the board of Amnesty International UK.

Originally from India, Sharmila has lived in her adopted city of Manchester for the last 15 years

Charlie Mallinson (Company Secretary)

Charlie is a solicitor based in Manchester working for a wide range of clients across the NHS, third sector and beyond and specialises predominantly in commercial real estate. Charlie has spent his entire professional career in law since graduating from Oxford with a degree in modern languages in 2010.

When not working, Charlie can be found playing rugby with the Manchester Village Spartans, playing the piano, or indulging in his love of the Eurovision Song Contest, on which he has given many interviews and even performed the UK’s 2009 entry on German national television (fortunately for Charlie, no footage of this is believed to remain in existence).

Anjalee Pawasker

I live with my partner in Rochdale, am mother of two children, 2 cats and one dog, I am a keen traveller, enjoy upcycling furniture, am in love with vintage china, especially teapots! I work in the Communications and Marketing team at Bolton at Home, the biggest housing provider in Bolton. I have been there for 20 years and before that worked for Shelter, in London.

Love gin hate discrimination. I want to be one of the voices for LGBT Foundation, people who know me know that being heard won't be hard!

I want to be a part of LGBT foundation to help raise awareness and the profile of the amazing work the organisation does. I want to help with the challenges LGBT Foundation faces with a move to a more just and fairer society.