Committee

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

Karen (Co Chair) 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.

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.

Nadine has been a social worker and manager in Children and Families division for the London Borough of Hackney for over 30 years. She now resides in Hastings and works as an independent social worker for East Sussex County Council. She launched the SHE bereavement support group for lesbians.

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.

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 committed to the local LGBT community through working with the Rainbow Alliance and also helping to organise Hastings Pride.

Rich has been working in tourism overseas for many years, where he was involved in sexual health with young migrants in the sex trade in Greece. Recently returned to the UK, he’s involved locally volunteering for various homeless charities/community groups and has an interest in youth work. Is hopefully going to be studying a course in LGBT and Homelessness.

Jane lived in Cape Town South Africa for 20 years, moved back to the UK in 1994, and work for a London Based company that dealt with Health & Safety at work for 8 years. Joined Thames Valley Police as a police constable and transferred to Sussex in 2005. Currently a detective constable working in the Safeguarding Investigation Unit and Police Federation rep and a member of the Sussex Police LGBT executive committee.

Chrissy has several decades of campaigning work with Friends of the Earth and CND in London and Manchester (1980’s and 1990’s) including newsletter editor. She stood as a Green Party councillor in Salford in 2015. She is a political activist and volunteer with the People’s Assembly Against Austerity (PAAA) since 2015, and was music events coordinator on Manchester PAAA Committee in 2015.