Staff

Alice Wallace

Director
Tel: 020 7239 0400
alice.wallace@openingdoorslondon.org.uk

Alice has had a leading role with LGBT* organisations, community development, grants administration, mental health and public health. She has worked for voluntary and statutory organisations and freelance, as volunteer through to senior manager. Her role is to develop Opening Doors London to ensure that it is a vibrant organisation meeting the needs of the LGBT* community.


Paul Webley

ODL Befriending Coordinator
Tel: 020 7239 0400
befriending@openingdoorslondon.org.uk

Paul oversees the delivery of our highly regarded Befriending Service. He worked at Age UK Camden for six years and volunteered as a Befriender for ODL before becoming the service’s co-ordinator. He still volunteers as an ODL Befriender and a Dementia Befriender.


Chryssy Hunter

Volunteer Coordinator
Tel: 020 7239 0400
Chryssy.Hunter@openingdoorslondon.org.uk

Chryssy coordinates our extensive volunteering activity – everything from supporting the team identify new opportunities to recruiting and inducting new volunteers into the organisation.
She is a published author in the LGBT field and is completing a PhD on the Equality Act. She has managed teacher trainings projects in North Korea and Libya, and is a board member of TAGS [a swimming group for trans* and gender nonconforming people] and Gendered Intelligence, and is a member of the Bent Bars Collective.


Sally Knocker

LGBT* Memory Café Coordinator/Sessional Worker LGBT* Connect
Tel: 020 7239 0400
sally.knocker@openingdoorslondon.org.uk

Sally is developing a new monthly group for LGBT* people experiencing memory problems and living with a diagnosis of dementia, and for LGBT* partners, family members and friends affected by dementia.  The ‘Café’ style event will combine peer support, information about dementia and care services and some social activities to keep minds and bodies active.
Sally has published a range of LGBT* and ageing and dementia related books and articles including the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Perspectives on Ageing – Lesbians, gay men and bisexuals, Loving, the Essence of Being a Butterfly in Dementia Care with Hawker Publications and a forthcoming guide with Age UK and Opening Doors London called Safe to be Me.  She has over 30-years experience of working with people living with dementia and is also a Consultant Trainer with Dementia Care Matters working in the UK, Canada and Australia.



Evans Blasse

Befriending Service Officer
Tel: 020 7239 0400
evans.blasse@openingdoorslondon.org.uk

Evans joined Opening Doors London two years ago as a Befriender and shortly afterwards became a administrative volunteer. He is now employed as a Befriending Service Officer and runs the Men’s film and speaker nights at our Henderson Court. Evans’ has Masters degree in Administration has extensive background in social relations, communication, tourism and international exchanges.


Juliet Chard

Member services Coordinator
Tel: 020 7239 0400

Juliet is our new member services coordinator, working alongside Adrian to support activities and signpost services. She has worked in LGBT campaigning for the last 3 years. She is also a passionate cyclist and volunteers at London Bike Kitchen’s women and gender variant night, supporting people to learn how to fix their own bike.


Sessional Workers

We are delighted to have a growing team of sessional workers who work alongside the Development Coordinators and volunteers to develop new social opportunities for members. The Sessional Worker team includes:

 


Nicola Humberstone

Tel: 020 7239 0400
nicola.humberstone@openingdoorslondon.org.uk

Nicola supports ODL activities in South London.
She has a PHD in LGBTs in Soap Operas and Older Audiences, and works for an NHS Trust in Patient Feedback. She also performs with AGLOW and other community drama groups.


Danny West

Tel: 020 7239 0400
danny.west@openingdoorslondon.org.uk

Over recent years Danny has been working with Age UK Camden Opening Doors London facilitating a support group for older gay men who are living with HIV and has been appointed as sessional worker for this project, developing social and networking events for the older LGBT communities across south London.

Danny holds a social work qualification with the ‘General Social Care Council’, a management qualification with the ‘Chartered Management Institute’, a Personal Performance Coaching Diploma at distinction level with ‘The Coaching Academy’ and an adult teaching qualification (PTLLS), more recently he has acquired qualifications in Equality and Diversity and End of Life Care, bereavement and grief.

Danny has worked extensively to enable people living with disabilities, long term health conditions and people living with HIV and has been living with HIV since the beginning of the HIV epidemic; he was one of the first people to be diagnosed HIV+ within the UK in October of 1985.


Bex Large

Outreach Officer LGBT* Connect / Sessional Worker
Tel: 020 7239 0400
bex.large@openingdoorslondon.org.uk

Bex is developing our work in Camden.
She is an experienced facilitator, community artist, educator and project manager. She’s worked in the LGBT* Sector for over seven years managing women’s work and youth provisions, alongside mental health campaigning, education and the arts.



Linnea Frank

Tel: 020 7239 0400
linnea.frank@openingdoorslondon.org.uk

Linnea organises and supports arts projects and social groups in City of London and South London (Lambeth/Southwark/Lewisham). She has background in arts and creative practice, working as an a graphic designer and illustrator as well as with feminist and queer arts organisation.


Trustees and patrons

We are delighted to have the support of a team of Trustees and Patron who use their skills and experience to help steer Opening Doors London towards continuing success.

Board of Trustees

Professor Jeffrey Weeks

Chair

Jeffrey is Emeritus Professor of sociology at London South Bank University and a published author on LGBT* history, politics and sexuality.


Annie Southerst

Vice-Chair

Annie is an Opening Doors London Ambassador and had a career in mental health and physiotherapy. She has also been a trustee and worked for other LGBT* organisations.


Julia Shelley

Treasurer

Julia has had a long career in voluntary sector leadership and was CEO of Age UK Lambeth. She has also been a trustee of other LGBT* organisations.


Councillor Rishi Madlani

Trustee

Rishi is a banker with Royal Bank of Scotland and Chair of its LGBT* staff network. He is also a Camden Councillor and Chair of the Pensions Committee.


Janet Guthrie

Trustee

Janet is a retired social work and sociology lecturer and former Camden councillor. She is Chair of Age UK Camden and a trustee of other charities.


Andy Woodfield

Trustee

Andy is a partner at Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) and lead partner for its LGBT* staff network. He is also a trustee of Diversity Role Models and Action Breaks Silence.


Marika Freris

Trustee

Managing Director at Nyxeon Healthcare Communications and on the Board of Age UK Camden.


Tony Jackson

Trustee

Tony is an executive coach & organisational consultant who runs his own company Chelsham Consulting. He formerly held HR leadership positions in a variety of blue-chip corporates and at Macmillan Cancer Support.


Jacqui Gavin

Trustee

Jacqui is the diversity and Inclusion Lead at the Department for International Trade as well as being an activist on trans* issues.


Liz Barker

Patron

Liz is a working peer (Lib Dem), and used to work for Age Concern England where she pioneered national work around LGBT* older people.