Our trustees help to shape the future of the organisation and help govern the charity responsibility. Please see the biographies of each of our trustees below. Our trustees are also our members in the rules of the organisation. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a trustee.
Ali Ronan went to university in the late 60s and got involved in community work – firstly in adventure playgrounds in Stoke and then as a centre-based youth worker in Lancashire, moving onto detached work and running creative/arts/music projects on large estates in Blackburn and Oldham, before becoming training manager for Stockport Youth service and then a lecturer on the YCW Degree course at MMU, ‘retiring’ two years ago..
‘I have always worked on the ‘edge’ of things feeling a particular affinity with young people who feel compromised by the very idea of ‘normal’. Most of the young people I have known felt silenced or ignored and this was the core of all my work, to give people a sense of their own voice. I worked as girls’ worker in Blackburn for 6 years during the heady days of the 80s. I have been involved in LGBT youth work for the last 25 years- I am a founder member of Feminist Webs – now developing the archive of radical/feminist youth and community work. Recently, as an old Greenham Common campaigner, I have become interested in uncovering women’s voices of the past – particularly women involved in the anti-war movements of the early twentieth century.’
Dave “Murry” Murat hails from Levenshulme and is a delivery manager at an apprenticeship training provider in Manchester. He’s been active in the LGBT community for over 25 years and in his student days was elected as the first LGBT officer for his Poly – way back in 1990. In his spare time, he co-presents an LGBT radio show on ALLFM, and when he isn’t doing this he’s out on his bike trying to ride off the cakes that he likes to bake. But If it’s raining then he’s watching foreign language crime dramas and dreaming of living in France.
Emma joined The Proud Trust as a trustee in September 2016. She has worked as a manager within the voluntary sector and youth services since 2002; with responsibility for services that support young people across areas including: anti-trafficking, HIV, volunteering, advocacy, missing from home, LGBT youth groups, Sure Start and family support.
Emma has been involved with work around equality and diversity within her current organisation for a number of years through membership of the regional E&D forum & regional and national LGBT staff forums, and is passionate about ensuring that organisations recognise and value diversity within their staff teams and service provision.
Having completed the Manchester marathon and her 2nd degree kickboxing black belt, Emma is currently looking for her next sporting challenge. In her spare time she knits, crochets & bakes and would love to have more time to learn new skills and get more involved with craftivism. Emma has recently become President of the WI group which she established with friends 5 years ago. Working with WI members she aims to create opportunities for women to learn, try new experiences and participate in campaigning around issues relevant to women & communities.
Geoffrey has been a trustee of the Proud Trust since 2016, having volunteered for LGBT charities for 20 years. He is also chair of one of the largest Home-Start charities in the UK (HOST). Formerly a member of the Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Advisory Committee and Community Panel Chair with the Youth Offending Service, he is now a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP/YOI Thorn Cross.
Geoffrey has 36 years of experience in secondary education, with over 20 in senior leadership roles as Assistant and then Deputy Head Teacher. He has been responsible for; pupil well-being, behaviour and attendance as well as performance management/appraisal, professional development, capability, recruitment, teacher training and quality assurance. In these roles he has supported other schools/LAs in the East Midlands and across the North of England in the development of health education, assessment/records of achievement and in-school behaviour units.
As well as his teaching and leadership roles Geoffrey also has 15 years’ experience of governorship. He has been a chair of governors at a large junior school, a governor of a secondary school and an associate governor of a secondary school. He is currently chair of governors at a secondary behaviour Pupil Referral Unit.
Hannah is a solicitor who helps her clients resolve family disputes and is particularly interested in helping them navigate the legal issues associated with creating families, such as surrogacy, donor-conception, co-parenting and adoption. She became a Trustee back in 2016 after coming to speak to the LGBT+ Centre staff about equal marriage. She later discovered that her brother-in-law was a big supporter of TPT after he attended a youth group at the Centre over 25 years ago. When Hannah is not at work she is busy chasing her toddler around the parks and soft-play centres of West Manchester.
Kat Malin-August is a Chartered Management Accountant working within the charity sector as a Business Manager. Kat moved to from Manchester to Edinburgh in 2018 but has continued her commitment to The Proud Trust and the work it achieves. Kat has been volunteering her finance skills to LGBT charities both local and national since 2013. In her spare time, Kat plays drums in two all-female rock bands, and travels Europe volunteering as a roller derby official.
Niamh Moore is a researcher in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. She has worked in various capacities with TPT for ten years, and particularly supports TPT on matters of research. She first became involved with TPT through the allotment project and still enjoys coming to the café and getting to eat the produce. Together with TPT she has helped make a YouTube video about the allotment (‘I love you allot’) and has supported the oral history work which has led to the book Pride not Prejudice.
Oliver Bliss works freelance with over 10 years experience at Arts Council England, with a specialism in Audience Engagement. He supports individual artists and cultural organisations with their creative practice and business development needs. He has an active passion for supporting the LGBT+ community, having previously volunteered with The Proud Trust and returned as a Trustee. He is involved in supporting the oral history work which has led to the book Pride not Prejudice. He was a part of the coordination team that produced the first National Festival of LGBT History, hosted in Manchester. He has collaborated with organisations such as Homotopia, Liverpool Pride, and the Lesbian Immigration Support Group. In his free time, he enjoys creating YouTube videos through his channel #Bookdraw to champion queer fiction writers and to encourage people to read their work.