Welcoming our new Chair of Trustees

Following ratification by our Membership for his first term as a Trustee, and an interview process by the current Board, we are delighted to welcome Chris French into post as our new Chair of Trustees.

Chris brings to Consortium a wealth of experience, both from the corporate world and from within the LGBT+ voluntary sector. He has project managed large programmes, has a thorough understanding of the importance of good governance, and understands the reality of running a grassroots LGBT+ organisation. These skills will enable him to work alongside the other Trustees, the Chief Executive, the Staff Team and our Members to ensure we stay focused on building stronger LGBT+ communities, keeping Members front and centre of everything we do as we seek structural change and more equitable practice.

Speaking about his new appointment, Chris said:

“I’m excited and genuinely proud to be appointed as chair of Consortium. It was in creating an LGBT+ community forum for the area in which I live that I first experienced the help, support and guidance from the team at Consortium. This organisation of great resource and importance has never been more needed as we seek to support our LGBT+ family through these immensely trying times. We have much to do beyond Covid-19 and I am keen to get to work with our dedicated team and board of trustees. I look forward to the future and what we at Consortium can do, together with others, to make it a brighter one for our LGBT+ family.”

Paul, Consortium’s Chief Executive said:

“I am delighted to welcome Chris as our new Chair. Having worked with him in his first few months as a Trustee I am excited to strengthen Consortium further and ensure it is the best it can be for our Members. Chris’s energy and ideas will bring a new dimension to the role, supporting us to connect to more LGBT+ organisations across the country, engage new voices and develop stronger LGBT+ communities. Whilst we remain in extremely challenging times there are opportunities to explore and Chris is a very welcome addition to keep LGBT+ issues high on the agendas of all our external stakeholders.”

Congratulation Chris – the whole Consortium family looks forward to working alongisde you.

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