Meet the 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.



John Yates Harold- Project Officer and Hate Crime Advocate

John joined the Derbyshire LGBT+ family in June 2018. His role focuses specifically on hate crime including reporting and recording incidents; supporting victims of hate crime; and liaising with relevant organisations across the county.

John has been married to Steve for 28 years. They have two children and a cat.


Sally Holyland- Project Assistant


Charlotte Dickins- Sessional Worker

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. 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.


Louise Buxton- Sessional Worker

My name is Louise and I joined Derbyshire LGBT+ in October 2017 as a sessional worker at the North Derbyshire youth group. I am passionate about working with and supporting young people, and I currently work as teaching assistant in a secondary school, but I’ll soon be a student again myself as I’m going back to university to train as a mental health nurse.

Chris Clarkson- Sessional Worker

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