Chair of Trustees
Helen is one of the co-founders of Trans Media Watch as well as a member of Stonewall’s Trans Advisory Group. She has given evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards and ethics as well as some parliamentary inquiries. She has appeared on a number of television and radio programmes, including BBC’s Newsnight and Today programmes, as well as a documentary with Martina Navratilova focusing on trans people and sport. She was the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Chippenham in both 2017 and 2019, and was the first trans person to be selected as a target seat candidate, increasing her vote substantially in 2019. She was recognised as one of the most influential LGBT people in the country for 3 years running as part of the Independent on Sunday’s Rainbow List. Before politics she worked in IT, and ran her own software company for 15 years before selling it in 2019. She lives in Wiltshire with her wife of 25 years. Helen has been a trustee of Consortium since 2014, and chair since 2016.
Kevin is a Partner at Ernst and Young with a demonstrated history of advising insurers on changes to financial and regulatory reporting in the insurance industry. Kevin is focussed on building teams and campaigns in professional services organisations and has a Master's Degree in Accounting and Political Studies (Africa) from University of Cape Town.
Hannah is Head of Operations at the Faith & Belief Forum, an organisation working to increase understanding between people of different faiths and beliefs to build a society where diversity is celebrated, where she is responsible for all things HR, Finance, Governance and Operations. She is passionate about putting diversity and inclusion at the heart of how the organisation operates. Her career in interfaith began with her work as Community Development Officer at Kirklees Faiths Forum, building interfaith relations and community cohesion in West Yorkshire. Before this, Hannah studied Philosophy & Religious Studies at Leeds University, with a year abroad at the University of South Carolina. Hannah’s other passion is the LGBT community, and as well as being a trustee at Consortium, she is a listening volunteer at Switchboard, the LGBT+ helpline. She previously sat on the board for Yorkshire Mesmac, one of the largest sexual health organisations in the country, and the steering group for Kirklees Council’s LGBT Employee Network. For fun, Hannah likes playing squash, taking photos, going to drag shows, and watching Netflix.
Professor Elizabeth McDermott
Liz is a Professor of Health Inequality at Lancaster University where her research is concerned with mental health inequality especially in relation to age, sexuality, gender and social class. Alongside her other research, Liz is the lead investigator for an LGBT Youth Suicide Prevention Project.
Carina joined the Board in August 2019. Having spent over 15 years as a solicitor with various City firms, she brings to the Board her background in general commercial law including data protection and contract law. She takes a lead on certain governance aspects of Consortium's work. Having now stepped away from law, she works on on a variety of wellbeing and sustainability projects. Carina volunteers with one of our members, The Proud Trust, and has previously volunteered for other Members including Diversity Role Models and Switchboard. She values the collaborative nature of infrastructure work and is passionate about supporting the LGBT+ third sector.
Yuri is a highly experienced finance and risk professional, currently a Senior Advisor with McKinsey and Company, previously having been Managing Director of Business Development with Lloyds Banking Group.