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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Advisory Group  

  • Last modified date:
    26 June 2009

Value statement

The DH Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Advisory Group places at the centre of its work lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) people who use and deliver health and social care services, in order to ensure opportunities for their experiences to inform service development and improvement.

The work of the advisory group is underpinned by:

  • commitment to equality, human rights and social justice
  • respect for diversity
  • commitment to challenge discrimination and exclusion within the organisations and communities on whose behalf we are working.

New appointments to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Advisory Group

The Department of Health has made a series of new appointments to its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Advisory Group. This Group has been appointed for a year from 1 September 2008 to advise the Department on issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people working in and accessing health and social care services.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. The appointees have declared no political activity and they hold no other Ministerial appointments.

Nigel Arnold
Nigel was the national police service lead for LGBT and was the first chief constable to march in uniform at the London Pride March. He was responsible for the publication of national police service guidance following the introduction of the Gender Recognition Act. He is a member of the Association Of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and currently works in London.

Dr Helen Cosis Brown
Helen is a Principal Lecturer in Social Work at Middlesex University. She worked as a social worker and a social work manager in inner London before moving into social work education. She chairs an adoption panel as well and a fostering panel. Her publications include books, chapters and papers on social work with lesbians and gay men as well as fostering and adoption.

Christine Burns MBE
Christine chairs the North West Equality and Diversity Group, bringing together over 70 public, private and voluntary sector stakeholders involved in every area of diversity. She is actively involved in the promotion of equality in all areas of NHS services and is one of the country's leading experts in the health needs of transsexual people - a speciality in which she has worked for over sixteen years. She chaired the Department of Health's first working group on trans people's needs and the recommendations of that group led to a series of ground-breaking publications that have been widely welcomed and praised.

Ady Davis
Ady has a background within LGBT community work based within the voluntary sector as an outreach worker, within the NHS as a sexual health promotion worker, and Social Services as manager of a gay and bisexual community project. He is currently employed as a Psychosexual Therapist within the NHS working with couples and individuals with sexual difficulties, and also forming part of the North Eastern Gender Dysphoria Service. One day a week he works for Barnardo's within a project looking at supporting young people who have been commercially sexual exploited.

Michelle Grimwood
Michelle has extensive experience over the last 15 years working with the LGB community, either exclusively or as project work. She has five years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director with Northamptonshire Mental Health Trust. For the last four years she has been working with Victim Support as hate crime manager – promoting an understanding of racism, disablism and homophobia as concerns for all, and is currently also working in strategic management in responding to hate crime with Northamptonshire County Council. She was seconded to the Local Criminal Justice Board for a year to lead the performance management frameworks in relation to Specialist Domestic Violence Courts and is studying for a Masters in Community Cohesion at Coventry University.

Ruth Hunt
Ruth is Head of Policy and Research at the lesbian, gay and bisexual rights charity Stonewall. Ruth was co-author of Prescription for Change - a study with over 6,000 lesbians about their health needs. She has also worked closely with the Department of Health to produce guidance for the NHS on how to support lesbian and gay staff and service users.

Marguerite McLaughlin
Marguerite became involved in lesbian, gay and feminist activism as a university student in New York City and in the UK via the National Union of Students. Marguerite has always applied her personal commitment to LGBT & women's issues to her professional life including stints at the BBC, London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard, Kairos in Soho and in the past 5 years as the CEO of the Metro Centre in Greenwich.

Graham Rushbrook
Graham initially trained as a social worker, before moving into health promotion and public health over a decade ago. He has had a constant interest and involvement in LGBT services, as a volunteer, service provider and latterly as a commissioner. He was a founder member of the LGBT health summit which has enjoyed funding from SOGIAG and is the chair of this year summit.

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