Committee

Details of the committee members of HRRA are detailed below (click on links to send a direct email):

Les (Co-Chair) was a founder member of the Rainbow Alliance and has now retired after 25 years in the London Voluntary Sector as a Charity Manager.  He has established numerous projects over the years and has worked on LGBT issues. He is a previous committee member and chair.

Mary (Secretary), who lives in Bexhill,  has been secretary of HRRA since 2009. She has lengthy managerial experience in working for the voluntary sector in London and has been involved in the national LGB/LGBT groups for Citizens Advice Bureaux and Volunteer Centres. She represents Rainbow Alliance on Bexhill local forums and partnership groups.

Ben (Treasurer) has been treasurer of HRRA since 2009. He is a Chartered Accountant with a local accountancy firm having qualified in 1998 and has lived in Hastings all of his life.

Jackie was originally a social worker and then, until her retirement, was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton. Following that, she was a part-time free-lance trainer/consultant in social care. She has conducted research and published articles on Lesbian and Gay issues. Jackie represents HRRA on groups concerning issues for older people and health and social care developments.

Paris has recently retired and moved to Hastings from Winchester. She worked at an international computer services company where she was out as a trans gender person. She was actively involved in the trans community in Southampton, and was secretary and treasurer of Winchester Cathedral bellringers for 12 years.

Dorothy has taught in Primary schools for 35 plus years,  been a school Governor, and a Union Health & Safety advisor. With the NUT, she has been President, minutes secretary, Treasurer and the delegate to the NUT’s LGBT advisory committee, and is currently a delegate to the SERTUC Women’s Rights Committee and the LGBT Network.

Karen retired as a Project and Premises Manager from Barclays Bank after 21 years, setting up UK Call centres. She now resides in Hastings working part-time for a Honda main dealer and as a volunteer for St Michaels Hospice.

Tony has worked in a voluntary capacity for many years within many organizations and sectors of society. As an artist, designer and welfare campaigner he has actively fought to combat prejudice through the dissemination of clear and accurate information.  He currently runs a private massage practice which he originally set up when he realised that friends who were HIV+ were having to travel to Eastbourne to receive a massage. He is still actively involved with Hastings Ethnic Minority Advice Service (HEMAS) and also continues to pursue his interest in the arts both as an artist and passionate observer.

Mark is a teacher, assessor and therapist in the realm of health and social care. Resident in Hastings since 2012, Mark is a recent addition to the HRRA committee and is plunging headlong into a more direct involvement with the local LGBT community.