Committee

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

Gary (chair) is an adults social worker. He has been an active part of the Lgbtqi + community for years and as part of The Rainbow Alliance is keen to create and maintain and link with social support networks for all members of our community and for RA to be a voice to address inequality when and if it occurs. He co-facilitates the trans support group.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Luke has participated in the trans group since 2013, and been part of the LGBT community since 2009. He is a parent and mental health support worker, and is the facilitator for the trans and non-binary youth group.