Meet the LGF trustees
The Board of Trustees of the LGF are the first and final decision making authority within the LGF.
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 of one year.
All Trustees receive thorough in-depth induction and training.
David McGovern (Chair)
David has been a volunteer with the LGF since 2003 working on the Helpline. In 2006 David became a Trustee and briefly served as the Company Secretary before being elected as Chair of the Board in January 2007.
David has worked in the public sector for over 25 years and is currently a senior manager at Transport for Greater Manchester where he is responsible for their Business Strategy and Performance Management process.
David lives in his beloved Salford with his husband Darren.
John Finn (Company Secretary)
John joined the board in 2004 and was elected Company Secretary of the LGF in 2006. He has been a volunteer with Icebreakers since 2000 and not long after became a regular volunteer with the Fundraising Team and can be found shaking a bucket up and down Canal Street on all occasions.
John was recently honored by the LGF as a ‘Homo Hero’.
Glyn Jenkins (Treasurer)
Glyn has been a Trustee since 1997 following his retirement from the bank where he was the Bank Manager for Healthy Gay Manchester. He is at present the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees and also chairs the Finance Sub Committee where his financial background has been of great help to us over the years.
At the 2009 AGM Glyn was made Honorary Lifetime Treasurer.
Glyn is also the Treasurer of a number of other charities and has been involved with his local committee of Cancer Research UK for over 40 years.
Shahnaz has been working for almost 30 years in both statutory and voluntary sectors at local, regional and national levels.
Currently she is working as a Director at the NHS North West, and is responsible for Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights.
James is retired and fairly new to the gay life after years of marriage. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the LGF because he knows from experience that it is doing a fantastic job. James was a professional business adviser, mainly on VAT matters, with a special interest in charities.
He brings business experience and skills from a long career in Government, private accountancy firms and his own business.
James also volunteers at the LGF in a number of areas and loves the buzz of working with people who know what they are doing and show enthusiasm and commitment in their efforts to further the enjoyment of life and the fulfilment of everyone’s potential.
In the last decade Sue has worked in management for Equality Commissions where she was the Great Britain LGB research lead and co-ordinated a national LGB research network. She has worked closely with the LGB evidence base and evaluation, and has been involved in developing ground-breaking policy influencing LGB research, including securing funding.
Sue is a published writer and experienced editor and has been a teacher, lecturer and local authority Education Adviser, which included working cross sector on improving health outcomes for young people and improving HIV, sex and sexuality education.
She is currently developing her own business.
Jackie is a Chief Executive and has spent her career working in the NHS. She began her career as a nurse, then ward sister, making the transition from ward to board in 12 short years.
Jackie has led some of the most difficult, complex and challenging organisations in the NHS and has built a formidable reputation for bringing about transformational change and delivering improvement programmes.
Jackie has an exceptional talent as a coach and mentor that sets her apart, enabling her to get the best out of individuals, engender dynamic teamworking and unify diverse stakeholders around a common goal.
He has been actively involved in communications and politics for over 30 years and worked for various organisations helping to develop and deliver numerous communications strategies and campaigns.
He lives in Prestwich and currently works in Salford and London during the week.
Andrea is a specialist in equality and human rights who worked from 2002 to 2012 as Policy Director and Group Director of Strategy in the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission.
She successfully campaigned for, and then promoted, the new public sector equality duty and has worked to influence national policy and culture change in the health, local government and criminal justice sectors.
She has a particular interest in issues of gender-based violence.
When not working, she sings classical alto with a Unitarian choir and lives in a Pennine stone cottage with her partner Liz and five cats.
David has been a Trustee since 2007, joining the Board when his skills were needed to help the LGF expand and develop. He has been a volunteer since 2002, starting with the Icebreakers group and then with the LGF Helpline.
He currently Chairs the Service Improvement Sub Committee. David joined the Board because “The LGF is unique, providing valuable services to our community which simply wouldn’t exist without it”.
Caroline is a qualified chartered accountant. She trained with a big four accountancy firm and has since worked as a financial analyst in the media industry.
She is passionate about using her financial knowledge and experience to help promote the health and wellbeing of LGBT people.
Caroline is also a writer (and has been known to do the odd bit of stand-up comedy), who operates under the name of The Well Connected Lesbian.