Alice Wallace

Tel: 020 7239 0400

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.

Dr Chryssy Hunter

Volunteer Coordinator
Tel: 020 7239 0400

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 LGBTQ+ field and holds 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.

Paul Webley

ODL Befriending Coordinator
Tel: 020 7239 0400

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.

Fabricio Catroppa

Befriending Support Officer
Tel: 020 7239 0400

Fabricio works part time as a Befriending Support Officer supporting the LGBT* community. He has more than 10 years’ experience working on a variety of community projects recruiting, supervising, training and managing volunteers working on befriending, mentoring and advice & guidance projects. He loves gardening and walking his dog in the countryside.

Juliet Chard

Member services Coordinator
Tel: 020 7239 0400

Juliet is our Member Services Coordinator, working to coordinate our extensive member activities and events and signpost services. She has worked in LGBTQ+ 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.

Adrian Beaumont

Member Services Manager and LGBTQ+ Connect Coordinator
Tel: 020 7239 0400

Adrian is our Member Services Manager and LGBTQ+ Connect Coordinator ensuring delivery of a range of programmes for members as well as focussing on comms and marketing and website services. He has a background in LGBTQ+ campaigning, facilitating, training, sexual health and wellbeing services for older people and has worked extensively in the public and charity sectors as well as freelance. He loves gardening, cooking and travelling.

Jim Glennon

Training and Policy Coordinator
Tel: 020 7239 0400

Jim joins ODL following twenty years’ experience in the development of health and social care training and consultancy at a local, regional and national level, including work with several leading LGBT* organisations.

He has also worked as policy advisor to Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea and chaired Policy Group meetings of the Government funded Community Development Foundation. His role will be to develop the training and consultancy area of ODL, and to support our Ambassadors in representing ODL at external meetings.


Louise Carolin

Training & Consultancy Team Administrator
Tel: 020 7239 0400

Louise supports Jim to deliver ODL’s training and consultancy programme. She has a background in LGBT* journalism and has worked on well-known titles including Diva and The Pink Paper. Louise also volunteers for ODL as a group facilitator.

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:


Sally Knocker

LGBT* Memory Café Coordinator/Sessional Worker LGBT* Connect
Tel: 020 7239 0400

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

Tel: 020 7239 0400

Evans joined Opening Doors London two years ago as a Befriender and shortly afterwards became a administrative volunteer. He now 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.

Nicola Humberstone

Tel: 020 7239 0400

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

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

Sessional Worker
Tel: 020 7239 0400

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 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.

Shaun Wallace

Tel: 020 7239 0400

Shaun is an experienced arts and cultural manager with a commitment to community engagement. Through extensive experience with charity and third sector organisations,  he has mounted pop-up exhibitions, led seminars, and provided advice to emerging immigrant artists. With a passion for annotating stories from those groups less visible within the LGBT+ initialism, Shaun will lead our first group in Brixton ‘ Arc of triumph’ a storytelling group.

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


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

Annie Southerst


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


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


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


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.

Marika Freris


Marika has had a long career as a scientist, researcher and has recently retired from the Healthcare communications business, following 28 years running healthcare comms agencies and latterly setting up her own agency. She is a volunteer in and trustee of Age UK Camden.

Tony Jackson


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.

Liz Barker


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

Lord Chris Smith has generously agreed to be one of our new ODL patrons. Lord Smith began his political career as a Labour Councillor for Islington Borough, becoming MP for Islington South and Finsbury in 1983.  The following year he came out as the first ever openly gay MP and when Labour came to power in 1997 he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and Chairman of the Millennium Commission, the first openly gay Cabinet Minister anywhere.