Consortium is delighted to announce that following a recent recruitment process 2 new Trustees have been appointed and now ratified at our AGM, bringing the Trustee Board to a team of 8.
We are delighted to bring additional financial, racial justice and trans experiences and expertise onto the Board through the new appointments. This will continue to strongly position Consortium as we embark on our new 5 year strategic period, helping the LGBT+ sector to be resilient, sustainable and well-resourced.
Chris French, Consortium’s Chair commented, “It is wonderful to welcome Rico and Pavlo to the Board of Consortium. Their experience will bring even more diversity of thought to the Board and help us collectively to further our strategic aims as the host of the UK’s largest network of LGBT+ groups, projects and organisations.”
Rico Jacob Chace (he/him)
As a Director at TransActual UK, Rico has seen first-hand the implications of transphobia in the UK and experienced personal ramifications . As a full-time Diversity Consultant, he has made it a mission to tackle misinformation and create more allies in the public and private sector to protect Black Trans siblings. Through this work he has naturally gravitated towards Consortium over the past year- through inviting new grassroots organisations to join and watched them flourish as a result; assisting the team in shaping the new Equity Fund; presenting the Plan for London to the GLA; and chairing a panel at City Hall in London as part of Trans Awareness Week. It’s been quite a journey, one which he is grateful to have been part of and relishing the opportunity to shape LGBT+ Consortium’s journey further to empower the whole community starting with the most vulnerable amongst us- Black Trans Women.
Pavlo Cherednychenko (he/him)
Pavlo is a public accountant with over 15 years of experience of auditing and advising large and listed businesses across multiple jurisdictions. He identifies as cis/gay man, originally from the south of Ukraine but calls the U.K. and London his home since December 2010.
Pavlo brings the lived experience of being gay and being brought up in orthodox Christian tradition by his family. He currently works as Audit Director at Mazars having been originally trained with Big4 firm (EY), he also chairs Mazars’ LGBT+ network and recently took part in CorporateQueer independent photoshoot to raise the visibility of queer people in the corporate sector in the City.
He particularly enjoys building effective communication with culturally diverse and geographically dispersed internal and client teams to understand and work through the challenging conversations. As a part of broadening his skillset, he is currently undergoing training at Henley Business School to obtain a Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching which would further enhance his ability to ask incisive questions and understand the perspective of others in a much more powerful way. In his free time, he enjoys reading, going on a long stroll in the south London parks and making new connections.
Paul Roberts, Consortium’s Chief Executive said, “It is really exciting to bring Rico and Pavlo on board and I am excited to draw on their skills and knowledge as we launch into our new strategic plan period. The LGBT+ sector has seen many threats recently but there are also many opportunities we can explore. With a Board of Trustees that has such diverse expertise and knowledge, I am excited at what Consortium can collectively achieve for its membership in the coming years and I know both Pavlo and Rico will be important parts of that puzzle.”
Thanks to Kevin
Consortium would also like to extend a huge thanks to Kevin Griffith who stood down from the Board as our Treasurer at our recent AGM. Kevin brought a wealth of financial experience and expertise to the Board and we are extremely grateful for the work he did in strengthening Consortium’s financial profile.