MEET OUR FRIENDLY STAFF:
Ian Robson – Chief Executive Officer
Hi I’m Ian. I have been working as CEO at Derbyshire LGBT+ since April 2015, and my background is working within various LGBT projects, and running Nottingham Pride. I am extremely passionate about improving the rights and services for LGBT+ people. There is still a huge amount of work to do before LGBT + people have true equality, and I hope my time here will allow us to work towards that aim.
Melvyn Fearn – Administrator & Centre Support
Hi I’m Melvyn. My association with Derbyshire LGBT+ started back in 1992 when I joined the organisation, then Derbyshire Friend, as a Switchboard and Centre Support Volunteer. I still do these jobs in addition to my role as Administrator. When I joined, the organisation was just starting their HIV prevention work, and in 1995 I joined their Sexual Health Project. I became Administrator in April of 1998. There have been many changes at DLGBT+ over the years, but its main remit has remained the same: to help and support the health and well-being of the LGB&T communities in Derbyshire.
Ryan Whittington – Manager
Hello! My name is Ryan, I am the Manager of Derbyshire LGBT+, I have been working at DLGBT+ since August 2015, before joining DLGBT+ I trained in counselling skills in Southampton. I am passionate about working with the LGBT+ community and being part of the amazing work that DLGBT+ does across the county. Much has changed in the last 50 years, however there is still lots of work to be done in ensuring the safety and rights of LGBT+ people, and here at Derbyshire LGBT+ we are here to help make sure that happens. I’m often out and about in Derbyshire, training or doing outreach, meeting with partner agencies, so feel free to say hello.
Suzanne Fraser-Martin – Project Officer
Hello, I’m Suzanne, and I’ve been a Project Officer for Derbyshire LGBT+ since April 2015. My background is in helping victims of crime, having previously worked at Derby Crown Court and in Student Support at Sheffield Hallam University. I originally trained as an archaeologist. My job includes running short and long-term projects for the charity, as well as attending events . I also do work with significant others, friends, family and allies of Trans people and have a special interest in LGBT+ and faith.
Charlotte Dickins- Project Officer
Hi, I’m Charlotte. I became a volunteer for the Derbyshire LGBT+ in 2013, starting in admin and soon becoming a volunteer for the Youth Group in Derby. I became a member of staff in 2017 and I am now a Project Officer – my main role is running the Youth Services. I have had a wide variety of jobs in the past and I am currently studying towards my Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I have always been passionate about being involved in the ongoing progression of LGBT+ rights, and alongside my colleagues I hope to do this by supporting the LGBT+ community in Derbyshire.
Jill Dyer- Project Officer
Hello there, my name is Jill and my role is that of project officer. I have a varied background, mostly in training and equalities work. I started campaigning on lesbian and gay equality in the 80s and am still passionate about improving things for LGBT+ people.
Louise Buxton- Sessional Worker
Chris Clarkson- Sessional Worker