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.
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 volunteered for LGBT charities for over 20 years and became Chair of Trustees in 2020, having become a trustee in 2016. He has considerable experience of senior leadership in secondary education, including membership of governing bodies and supporting school development in the East Midlands and across the north of England. He is also Chair of one of the largest Home-Start charities in the UK (Homestart-HOST). Formerly a member of the Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Advisory Committee and Community Panel Chair with the Youth Offending Service, he is now Chair of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP/YOI Thorn Cross and a magistrate in Greater Manchester.
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.
Heather joined the Proud Trust as a Trustee in March 2018. Heather is Head of Human Resources for the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at the University of Manchester and has been at the University since 2004. She has spent all of her working life (longer than she cares to remember) in Human Resources in both the public and private sector and throughout that time has had close involvement in matters relating to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, in addition to the full range of HR activities. Heather first became aware of the Proud Trust through the University and attended a presentation that involved some of the young people who use the Trust talking about their experiences and how TPT had supported them, which she found inspirational. When the opportunity to become a Trustee arose Heather jumped at the chance. Heather is married to her childhood sweetheart, Paul and they have two sons Mat, 22 and Christy 18. In her spare time Heather enjoys a bit of DIY (much to Paul’s frustration), cooking and gardening.
Kat is a CIMA Qualified Chartered Management Accountant and experienced leader. She specialises in financial forecasting, business planning and contributing to strategic planning. Kat’s current role is working as a Finance Manager in Higher Education. Kat has an ethos of promoting good financial practice to staff of all levels. She is passionate about promoting equality, diversity and inclusion within the workplace. 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 an all-female rock band, and travels Europe volunteering as a roller derby official.
Luke joined The Proud Trust as a trustee in January 2020. Luke is Social Value and Inclusion and Diversity Specialist at Jacobs Engineering; responsible for recognising, creating and implementing plans to promote inclusion and diversity within the organisation – from socio-economic to LGBTQ+ inclusion. A significant part of the role is promoting, developing and implementing programmes to enhance employee understanding on inclusions issues.
He is also the Communications Strategist for Jacobs’ internal LGBTQ+ Network, Prism, and is a member of the Building Equality Executive committee – an alliance of 50+ construction, engineering and built environment organisations that are passionate about working together and harnessing their collective power to drive LGBTQ+ inclusion, to ensure the industry is wholly welcoming, inclusive and supportive of our LGBTQ+ community.
Luke has been instrumental in creating open and safe workplaces for the LGBTQ+ community through developing free training resources to educate others on the key issues faced by our community. Luke is an OUTstanding Yahoo Finance Top 50 Future Leader and is passionate about supporting and uplifting LGBTQ+ youth, whilst helping to change the image of the construction, engineering and built environment sector. In his spare time, you will probably find him volunteering as a Proud Mentor or fundraising for The Proud Trust.
Lydia moved to Manchester from Yorkshire (via London) three years ago and joined the Proud Trust as a Trustee in February 2020 and brings with her eight years experience in Marketing, a love of art and Viscount biscuits.
She currently works at an integrated creative agency within Manchester. In her spare time, Lydia likes to go paint, visit restaurants, run a peer-learning blog for marketers and talk about food to anybody who will listen.
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.