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Meet the Team

At Birmingham LGBT we are proud to employ a team of enthusiastic and dedicated individuals. We are all passionate about what we do, from support, advice to events and community projects, and every one of us is responsible for the continued success of Birmingham LGBT. Click on a photograph to find out more about us…

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Adam Carver

SHOUT Festival Development Officer

Alexus Savage

Sexual Health Promotion Worker (Trans )

Dan Singh

Sexual Health Promotion Worker (South Asian & Middle Eastern MSM)

Jamie Cox

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

More about Adam Carver

Adam joined the Birmingham LGBT Team in April 2016 as Wellbeing Events Coordinator (part-time) and took up the role of SHOUT Development Officer in August 2016 (part-time)

Adam has over 3 years’ experience working in events management, having previously organized conferences and events for Royal Holloway, University of London, working on academic conferences and large scale international events.

Adam studied theatre and performance at Royal Holloway, University of London and subsequently at the University of Birmingham with a focus on masculinity in queer arts, performance and theory. He has worked for numerous arts organisations and venues across the midlands and is also a freelance director, designer, and theatre-maker. He runs a theatre company based in the city centre and is an associate artist of the Old Joint Stock Theatre.

Adam is committed to equality and accessibility for everyone.

More about Alexus Savage

Alexus worked for many years at HMRC. Leaving in 2008, she has worked in a variety of different settings including young homeless, adults with learning difficulties, mentoring young persons in the social care system, and with adults experiencing poor mental health. Since 2012, she has primarily worked in Sexual Health promotion, covering Public Sex Environments, Sex and Relationships Education within schools and colleges, GBT prisoner support groups and Trans* support via group or one to one sessions.

More about Dan Singh

Dan has worked as part time sexual health outreach worker since January 2000, formerly with Healthy Gay Life (HGL). His main duties involved sexual health promotion on the commercial gay scene, in public sex environments and sex on the premises venues in Birmingham.

During his time at HGL Dan also coordinated World AIDS Day in 2007/8 which he says “was an enriching experience working with the HIV sector and working with people affected by HIV”.

Whilst at HGL Dan also offered one to one sexual health support sessions for clients and one to one support sessions to men of South Asian origin. Dan also facilitated the Married Men's Group for over 5 years, which has now become an independent group that meets at the Birmingham LGBT Centre.

In 2013 Dan was involved in a pilot scheme from HIV Prevention England called 'dried blood spot testing', testing clients for HIV, Hep B and Hep C in various LGBT community settings.

Dan’s current role for Birmingham LGBT and Umbrella Sexual Health services is to focus on ‘men who have sex with men’ from South Asian and Middle Eastern communities.

More about Jamie Cox

Jamie has worked within sexual health outreach and sexual health promotion within the LGBT community for a number of years.

He has experience of providing face-to-face sexual health support sessions including sexual health testing, offering a variety of support including the facilitation of a married men’s group, which has now become an independent group.

Jamie has previously supported LGBT youth projects with a variety of needs, which also included cooking skills, building self-confidence, group discussions and various group trips.

Jamie has a passion for baking and photography.

John M Barry

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

Kash Kahn

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

Lisa Collins

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

Maria Hughes

Ageing Better Network Enabler

More about John M Barry

John is a sexual health promotion worker for Birmingham LGBT, and also facilitates the MSM married Men’s Group, which he joined in 2012.
John got involved in sexual health promotions work in 2014 when he started doing voluntary work for Healthy Gay Life. Supporting the outreach team with the dried blood spot testing at scene venues and at Birmingham Pride. John has worked in the computing industry for 25 years, and has coached athletes for some 20 years.

More about Kash Kahn

Kash started his career in the computer industry, after a few years he decided that there was more to life than staring at a screen and made the change to working in an area where he could support people and make a difference to people’s lives.

He now has over 6 years’ experience of working in sexual health promotion; working in schools, colleges and further education environments. Delivering training on LGBT awareness, Sexual Health, Healthy relationships, and staying safe online. He has delivered training to professionals within prisons and clinical settings to medical staff.

He was the lead in working with vulnerable GBT prisoners in three prisons in the midlands, providing group and one to one support. He also has experience of working with people in Public Sex Environments, Public Sex Venues and the LGBT Scene venues.

He is a qualified sports therapist and has a passion for film, the arts, music and fashion.

More about Lisa Collins

Lisa is a sexual health outreach worker at Birmingham LGBT. Lisa has a wealth of experience of working in the LGBT community in variety of voluntary roles, including supporting the development of Trans Central, delivering make up classes and previously supporting Healthy Gay Life’s Outreach team.

Lisa is a qualified makeup artist, Reiki master and also volunteers at Beacon Blind Centre.

More about Maria Hughes

Maria is the Ageing Better Network Enabler. Maria has previously worked in information, outreach, community capacity building, training and awareness-raising for a variety of charities, including Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid and Birmingham Settlement. Maria has also been involved with the music business and community arts, trade union activism, and has a specialist interest in monitoring and evaluation.

Matt Keogh

Peer Mentor & Volunteer Coordinator

Matt Lopez

Sexual Health Services Manager

Ros Gammie

Administrator & Sports Activator

Steph Keeble

Director

More about Matt Keogh

I have 16 years experience working for a national HIV charity in a variety of roles from Gay Men's Health Promotion and developing national HIV prevention and sexual health campaigns, to managing a range of health promotion, support and volunteer services for people living with HIV and at risk communities. For the last six years I have worked in the HIV outpatients department at QEHB supporting the health and treatment needs of people living with HIV as well as delivering courses on managing long term conditions and a monthly social group for patients. I was selected as one of 24 healthcare workers as an LGBT role model in the NHS by the Health Service Journal inaugural list in 2014.

I've always been passionate about working in the areas of equality, sexual health and health inequalities as well as improving patient experience. I'm also a keen gardener, lover of foreign & independent films and can speak conversational French. I have been living with HIV for 20 years and am always keen to support those coming to terms with their diagnosis. I'm really looking forward to meeting the existing volunteers over the next few weeks and developing the peer mentoring project so I am very keen to hear the views of volunteers about their experiences and skills and supporting them in their roles in the future.

More about Matt Lopez

Matt has almost over 20 years of working experience in a variety of health and social care settings in both frontline service delivery and management roles.

He first became interested in the area of sexual health whilst volunteering at Birmingham based HIV charity AB Plus in the early 2000's as a holistic therapist, from where he went on to further this interest and gain more experience in subsequent employed positions.

His most recent position was with a Black Country based charity where he worked as a MSM Sexual Health Outreach Worker and Project Worker for people living with and affected by HIV. Matt's experience includes delivering community based sexual health outreach and HIV/STI testing clinics, delivering training and facilitating peer support programmes around Sexual Health, HIV and LGBT issues before moving into a management role.

Matt is passionate about empowering individuals and developing quality and accessible sexual health and well-being services to LGBT communities and tackling the barriers and inequalities that can often be faced.

More about Ros Gammie

Ros joined the team having worked with arts and heritage organisations in the UK and the US. With a background in charity administration she helps community groups use the centre for social events, as well as other day-to-day administrative duties. Ros is a firm believer in Birmingham’s cultural offering and moved back to her home city two years ago to work for a local BME arts centre.

With a Master’s degree in Medieval History she is happy to reply to any email enquiry written in English, Latin, or Runes (or you could really make her day by using a giddy combination of all three).

More about Steph Keeble

Birmingham LGBT’s mission is to build a vibrant, diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community in Birmingham in which individuals can realise their full potential and have equal access to all the city has to offer.

In the four years she has been involved with the organisation it has grown from a small charity with a £10,000 a year turnover to an organisation with a turnover of over £250,000 a year. Birmingham LGBT delivers a variety of services and events including SHOUT: Birmingham’s festival of Queer Culture, and has recently opened the first LGBT Health & Wellbeing centre in England and Wales in Birmingham city centre. Steph and her co-worker Dave Viney were included in the Independent on Sunday’s influential Pink list in 2013 for their contributions to the LGBT community in Birmingham. Steph has skills in not-for-profits, change management, strategic planning and income generation.

Steph a social science graduate has worked in the third sector for twenty years, beginning her career as in the field of substance misuse and going on to work in a variety of areas including mental health, capacity building, social enterprises, and women’s issues.

Before moving to Birmingham she was a key player in Gloucestershire’s community coordinated response to domestic violence where, as the CEO of a domestic violence charity, she developed a network of survivors’ groups, women’s safety work, a 24-hour crisis advocacy service and a service for BME women.

Steph is passionately committed to human rights and social justice and has always worked to create a better and more equal society for all. She has never moved very far from her background in, and commitment to, grassroots community activism.

Stuart Payne

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

Sue Price

Financial Administrator

More about Stuart Payne

Stuart has over eight years experience of work within social care. He started his career working for Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council delivering front line care to adults with learning disabilities.

Stuart developed an interest for providing support for young LGBT people in the Dudley area after noticing a gap in provision of appropriate services while volunteering for a local HIV charity. Stuart moved on to work with Dudley Youth Services, Connexions and the voluntary sector to set up a support service for young LGBT people in the Dudley – Project Vogue, which gained funding from the Big Lottery to deliver work in schools to tackle homophobic bullying and awareness of LGBT issues for young people as well as a support group and information website.

Stuart also worked for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council as a Senior Youth Worker and has worked on a sessional basis for a number of sexual health services delivering outreach interventions to young people and MSM communities.

More about Sue Price

Sue is the Financial Administrator for Birmingham LGBT. She has a finance back ground having worked for British Telecom, the Local Authority and in accountancy private practice. She holds a Diploma in Integrative counselling and worked in sexual health in Solihull for the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Adam Carver

SHOUT Festival Development Officer

Alexus Savage

Sexual Health Promotion Worker (Trans )

Dan Singh

Sexual Health Promotion Worker (South Asian & Middle Eastern MSM)

More about Adam Carver

Adam joined the Birmingham LGBT Team in April 2016 as Wellbeing Events Coordinator (part-time) and took up the role of SHOUT Development Officer in August 2016 (part-time)

Adam has over 3 years’ experience working in events management, having previously organized conferences and events for Royal Holloway, University of London, working on academic conferences and large scale international events.

Adam studied theatre and performance at Royal Holloway, University of London and subsequently at the University of Birmingham with a focus on masculinity in queer arts, performance and theory. He has worked for numerous arts organisations and venues across the midlands and is also a freelance director, designer, and theatre-maker. He runs a theatre company based in the city centre and is an associate artist of the Old Joint Stock Theatre.

Adam is committed to equality and accessibility for everyone.

More about Alexus Savage

Alexus worked for many years at HMRC. Leaving in 2008, she has worked in a variety of different settings including young homeless, adults with learning difficulties, mentoring young persons in the social care system, and with adults experiencing poor mental health. Since 2012, she has primarily worked in Sexual Health promotion, covering Public Sex Environments, Sex and Relationships Education within schools and colleges, GBT prisoner support groups and Trans* support via group or one to one sessions.

More about Dan Singh

Dan has worked as part time sexual health outreach worker since January 2000, formerly with Healthy Gay Life (HGL). His main duties involved sexual health promotion on the commercial gay scene, in public sex environments and sex on the premises venues in Birmingham.

During his time at HGL Dan also coordinated World AIDS Day in 2007/8 which he says “was an enriching experience working with the HIV sector and working with people affected by HIV”.

Whilst at HGL Dan also offered one to one sexual health support sessions for clients and one to one support sessions to men of South Asian origin. Dan also facilitated the Married Men's Group for over 5 years, which has now become an independent group that meets at the Birmingham LGBT Centre.

In 2013 Dan was involved in a pilot scheme from HIV Prevention England called 'dried blood spot testing', testing clients for HIV, Hep B and Hep C in various LGBT community settings.

Dan’s current role for Birmingham LGBT and Umbrella Sexual Health services is to focus on ‘men who have sex with men’ from South Asian and Middle Eastern communities.

Jamie Cox

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

John M Barry

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

Kash Kahn

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

More about Jamie Cox

Jamie has worked within sexual health outreach and sexual health promotion within the LGBT community for a number of years.

He has experience of providing face-to-face sexual health support sessions including sexual health testing, offering a variety of support including the facilitation of a married men’s group, which has now become an independent group.

Jamie has previously supported LGBT youth projects with a variety of needs, which also included cooking skills, building self-confidence, group discussions and various group trips.

Jamie has a passion for baking and photography.

More about John M Barry

John is a sexual health promotion worker for Birmingham LGBT, and also facilitates the MSM married Men’s Group, which he joined in 2012.
John got involved in sexual health promotions work in 2014 when he started doing voluntary work for Healthy Gay Life. Supporting the outreach team with the dried blood spot testing at scene venues and at Birmingham Pride. John has worked in the computing industry for 25 years, and has coached athletes for some 20 years.

More about Kash Kahn

Kash started his career in the computer industry, after a few years he decided that there was more to life than staring at a screen and made the change to working in an area where he could support people and make a difference to people’s lives.

He now has over 6 years’ experience of working in sexual health promotion; working in schools, colleges and further education environments. Delivering training on LGBT awareness, Sexual Health, Healthy relationships, and staying safe online. He has delivered training to professionals within prisons and clinical settings to medical staff.

He was the lead in working with vulnerable GBT prisoners in three prisons in the midlands, providing group and one to one support. He also has experience of working with people in Public Sex Environments, Public Sex Venues and the LGBT Scene venues.

He is a qualified sports therapist and has a passion for film, the arts, music and fashion.

Lisa Collins

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

Maria Hughes

Ageing Better Network Enabler

Matt Keogh

Peer Mentor & Volunteer Coordinator

More about Lisa Collins

Lisa is a sexual health outreach worker at Birmingham LGBT. Lisa has a wealth of experience of working in the LGBT community in variety of voluntary roles, including supporting the development of Trans Central, delivering make up classes and previously supporting Healthy Gay Life’s Outreach team.

Lisa is a qualified makeup artist, Reiki master and also volunteers at Beacon Blind Centre.

More about Maria Hughes

Maria is the Ageing Better Network Enabler. Maria has previously worked in information, outreach, community capacity building, training and awareness-raising for a variety of charities, including Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid and Birmingham Settlement. Maria has also been involved with the music business and community arts, trade union activism, and has a specialist interest in monitoring and evaluation.

More about Matt Keogh

I have 16 years experience working for a national HIV charity in a variety of roles from Gay Men's Health Promotion and developing national HIV prevention and sexual health campaigns, to managing a range of health promotion, support and volunteer services for people living with HIV and at risk communities. For the last six years I have worked in the HIV outpatients department at QEHB supporting the health and treatment needs of people living with HIV as well as delivering courses on managing long term conditions and a monthly social group for patients. I was selected as one of 24 healthcare workers as an LGBT role model in the NHS by the Health Service Journal inaugural list in 2014.

I've always been passionate about working in the areas of equality, sexual health and health inequalities as well as improving patient experience. I'm also a keen gardener, lover of foreign & independent films and can speak conversational French. I have been living with HIV for 20 years and am always keen to support those coming to terms with their diagnosis. I'm really looking forward to meeting the existing volunteers over the next few weeks and developing the peer mentoring project so I am very keen to hear the views of volunteers about their experiences and skills and supporting them in their roles in the future.

Matt Lopez

Sexual Health Services Manager

Ros Gammie

Administrator & Sports Activator

Steph Keeble

Director

More about Matt Lopez

Matt has almost over 20 years of working experience in a variety of health and social care settings in both frontline service delivery and management roles.

He first became interested in the area of sexual health whilst volunteering at Birmingham based HIV charity AB Plus in the early 2000's as a holistic therapist, from where he went on to further this interest and gain more experience in subsequent employed positions.

His most recent position was with a Black Country based charity where he worked as a MSM Sexual Health Outreach Worker and Project Worker for people living with and affected by HIV. Matt's experience includes delivering community based sexual health outreach and HIV/STI testing clinics, delivering training and facilitating peer support programmes around Sexual Health, HIV and LGBT issues before moving into a management role.

Matt is passionate about empowering individuals and developing quality and accessible sexual health and well-being services to LGBT communities and tackling the barriers and inequalities that can often be faced.

More about Ros Gammie

Ros joined the team having worked with arts and heritage organisations in the UK and the US. With a background in charity administration she helps community groups use the centre for social events, as well as other day-to-day administrative duties. Ros is a firm believer in Birmingham’s cultural offering and moved back to her home city two years ago to work for a local BME arts centre.

With a Master’s degree in Medieval History she is happy to reply to any email enquiry written in English, Latin, or Runes (or you could really make her day by using a giddy combination of all three).

More about Steph Keeble

Birmingham LGBT’s mission is to build a vibrant, diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community in Birmingham in which individuals can realise their full potential and have equal access to all the city has to offer.

In the four years she has been involved with the organisation it has grown from a small charity with a £10,000 a year turnover to an organisation with a turnover of over £250,000 a year. Birmingham LGBT delivers a variety of services and events including SHOUT: Birmingham’s festival of Queer Culture, and has recently opened the first LGBT Health & Wellbeing centre in England and Wales in Birmingham city centre. Steph and her co-worker Dave Viney were included in the Independent on Sunday’s influential Pink list in 2013 for their contributions to the LGBT community in Birmingham. Steph has skills in not-for-profits, change management, strategic planning and income generation.

Steph a social science graduate has worked in the third sector for twenty years, beginning her career as in the field of substance misuse and going on to work in a variety of areas including mental health, capacity building, social enterprises, and women’s issues.

Before moving to Birmingham she was a key player in Gloucestershire’s community coordinated response to domestic violence where, as the CEO of a domestic violence charity, she developed a network of survivors’ groups, women’s safety work, a 24-hour crisis advocacy service and a service for BME women.

Steph is passionately committed to human rights and social justice and has always worked to create a better and more equal society for all. She has never moved very far from her background in, and commitment to, grassroots community activism.

Stuart Payne

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

Sue Price

Financial Administrator

More about Stuart Payne

Stuart has over eight years experience of work within social care. He started his career working for Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council delivering front line care to adults with learning disabilities.

Stuart developed an interest for providing support for young LGBT people in the Dudley area after noticing a gap in provision of appropriate services while volunteering for a local HIV charity. Stuart moved on to work with Dudley Youth Services, Connexions and the voluntary sector to set up a support service for young LGBT people in the Dudley – Project Vogue, which gained funding from the Big Lottery to deliver work in schools to tackle homophobic bullying and awareness of LGBT issues for young people as well as a support group and information website.

Stuart also worked for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council as a Senior Youth Worker and has worked on a sessional basis for a number of sexual health services delivering outreach interventions to young people and MSM communities.

More about Sue Price

Sue is the Financial Administrator for Birmingham LGBT. She has a finance back ground having worked for British Telecom, the Local Authority and in accountancy private practice. She holds a Diploma in Integrative counselling and worked in sexual health in Solihull for the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Adam Carver

SHOUT Festival Development Officer

Alexus Savage

Sexual Health Promotion Worker (Trans )

More about Adam Carver

Adam joined the Birmingham LGBT Team in April 2016 as Wellbeing Events Coordinator (part-time) and took up the role of SHOUT Development Officer in August 2016 (part-time)

Adam has over 3 years’ experience working in events management, having previously organized conferences and events for Royal Holloway, University of London, working on academic conferences and large scale international events.

Adam studied theatre and performance at Royal Holloway, University of London and subsequently at the University of Birmingham with a focus on masculinity in queer arts, performance and theory. He has worked for numerous arts organisations and venues across the midlands and is also a freelance director, designer, and theatre-maker. He runs a theatre company based in the city centre and is an associate artist of the Old Joint Stock Theatre.

Adam is committed to equality and accessibility for everyone.

More about Alexus Savage

Alexus worked for many years at HMRC. Leaving in 2008, she has worked in a variety of different settings including young homeless, adults with learning difficulties, mentoring young persons in the social care system, and with adults experiencing poor mental health. Since 2012, she has primarily worked in Sexual Health promotion, covering Public Sex Environments, Sex and Relationships Education within schools and colleges, GBT prisoner support groups and Trans* support via group or one to one sessions.

Dan Singh

Sexual Health Promotion Worker (South Asian & Middle Eastern MSM)

Jamie Cox

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

More about Dan Singh

Dan has worked as part time sexual health outreach worker since January 2000, formerly with Healthy Gay Life (HGL). His main duties involved sexual health promotion on the commercial gay scene, in public sex environments and sex on the premises venues in Birmingham.

During his time at HGL Dan also coordinated World AIDS Day in 2007/8 which he says “was an enriching experience working with the HIV sector and working with people affected by HIV”.

Whilst at HGL Dan also offered one to one sexual health support sessions for clients and one to one support sessions to men of South Asian origin. Dan also facilitated the Married Men's Group for over 5 years, which has now become an independent group that meets at the Birmingham LGBT Centre.

In 2013 Dan was involved in a pilot scheme from HIV Prevention England called 'dried blood spot testing', testing clients for HIV, Hep B and Hep C in various LGBT community settings.

Dan’s current role for Birmingham LGBT and Umbrella Sexual Health services is to focus on ‘men who have sex with men’ from South Asian and Middle Eastern communities.

More about Jamie Cox

Jamie has worked within sexual health outreach and sexual health promotion within the LGBT community for a number of years.

He has experience of providing face-to-face sexual health support sessions including sexual health testing, offering a variety of support including the facilitation of a married men’s group, which has now become an independent group.

Jamie has previously supported LGBT youth projects with a variety of needs, which also included cooking skills, building self-confidence, group discussions and various group trips.

Jamie has a passion for baking and photography.

John M Barry

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

Kash Kahn

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

More about John M Barry

John is a sexual health promotion worker for Birmingham LGBT, and also facilitates the MSM married Men’s Group, which he joined in 2012.
John got involved in sexual health promotions work in 2014 when he started doing voluntary work for Healthy Gay Life. Supporting the outreach team with the dried blood spot testing at scene venues and at Birmingham Pride. John has worked in the computing industry for 25 years, and has coached athletes for some 20 years.

More about Kash Kahn

Kash started his career in the computer industry, after a few years he decided that there was more to life than staring at a screen and made the change to working in an area where he could support people and make a difference to people’s lives.

He now has over 6 years’ experience of working in sexual health promotion; working in schools, colleges and further education environments. Delivering training on LGBT awareness, Sexual Health, Healthy relationships, and staying safe online. He has delivered training to professionals within prisons and clinical settings to medical staff.

He was the lead in working with vulnerable GBT prisoners in three prisons in the midlands, providing group and one to one support. He also has experience of working with people in Public Sex Environments, Public Sex Venues and the LGBT Scene venues.

He is a qualified sports therapist and has a passion for film, the arts, music and fashion.

Lisa Collins

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

Maria Hughes

Ageing Better Network Enabler

More about Lisa Collins

Lisa is a sexual health outreach worker at Birmingham LGBT. Lisa has a wealth of experience of working in the LGBT community in variety of voluntary roles, including supporting the development of Trans Central, delivering make up classes and previously supporting Healthy Gay Life’s Outreach team.

Lisa is a qualified makeup artist, Reiki master and also volunteers at Beacon Blind Centre.

More about Maria Hughes

Maria is the Ageing Better Network Enabler. Maria has previously worked in information, outreach, community capacity building, training and awareness-raising for a variety of charities, including Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid and Birmingham Settlement. Maria has also been involved with the music business and community arts, trade union activism, and has a specialist interest in monitoring and evaluation.

Matt Keogh

Peer Mentor & Volunteer Coordinator

Matt Lopez

Sexual Health Services Manager

More about Matt Keogh

I have 16 years experience working for a national HIV charity in a variety of roles from Gay Men's Health Promotion and developing national HIV prevention and sexual health campaigns, to managing a range of health promotion, support and volunteer services for people living with HIV and at risk communities. For the last six years I have worked in the HIV outpatients department at QEHB supporting the health and treatment needs of people living with HIV as well as delivering courses on managing long term conditions and a monthly social group for patients. I was selected as one of 24 healthcare workers as an LGBT role model in the NHS by the Health Service Journal inaugural list in 2014.

I've always been passionate about working in the areas of equality, sexual health and health inequalities as well as improving patient experience. I'm also a keen gardener, lover of foreign & independent films and can speak conversational French. I have been living with HIV for 20 years and am always keen to support those coming to terms with their diagnosis. I'm really looking forward to meeting the existing volunteers over the next few weeks and developing the peer mentoring project so I am very keen to hear the views of volunteers about their experiences and skills and supporting them in their roles in the future.

More about Matt Lopez

Matt has almost over 20 years of working experience in a variety of health and social care settings in both frontline service delivery and management roles.

He first became interested in the area of sexual health whilst volunteering at Birmingham based HIV charity AB Plus in the early 2000's as a holistic therapist, from where he went on to further this interest and gain more experience in subsequent employed positions.

His most recent position was with a Black Country based charity where he worked as a MSM Sexual Health Outreach Worker and Project Worker for people living with and affected by HIV. Matt's experience includes delivering community based sexual health outreach and HIV/STI testing clinics, delivering training and facilitating peer support programmes around Sexual Health, HIV and LGBT issues before moving into a management role.

Matt is passionate about empowering individuals and developing quality and accessible sexual health and well-being services to LGBT communities and tackling the barriers and inequalities that can often be faced.

Ros Gammie

Administrator & Sports Activator

Steph Keeble

Director

More about Ros Gammie

Ros joined the team having worked with arts and heritage organisations in the UK and the US. With a background in charity administration she helps community groups use the centre for social events, as well as other day-to-day administrative duties. Ros is a firm believer in Birmingham’s cultural offering and moved back to her home city two years ago to work for a local BME arts centre.

With a Master’s degree in Medieval History she is happy to reply to any email enquiry written in English, Latin, or Runes (or you could really make her day by using a giddy combination of all three).

More about Steph Keeble

Birmingham LGBT’s mission is to build a vibrant, diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community in Birmingham in which individuals can realise their full potential and have equal access to all the city has to offer.

In the four years she has been involved with the organisation it has grown from a small charity with a £10,000 a year turnover to an organisation with a turnover of over £250,000 a year. Birmingham LGBT delivers a variety of services and events including SHOUT: Birmingham’s festival of Queer Culture, and has recently opened the first LGBT Health & Wellbeing centre in England and Wales in Birmingham city centre. Steph and her co-worker Dave Viney were included in the Independent on Sunday’s influential Pink list in 2013 for their contributions to the LGBT community in Birmingham. Steph has skills in not-for-profits, change management, strategic planning and income generation.

Steph a social science graduate has worked in the third sector for twenty years, beginning her career as in the field of substance misuse and going on to work in a variety of areas including mental health, capacity building, social enterprises, and women’s issues.

Before moving to Birmingham she was a key player in Gloucestershire’s community coordinated response to domestic violence where, as the CEO of a domestic violence charity, she developed a network of survivors’ groups, women’s safety work, a 24-hour crisis advocacy service and a service for BME women.

Steph is passionately committed to human rights and social justice and has always worked to create a better and more equal society for all. She has never moved very far from her background in, and commitment to, grassroots community activism.

Stuart Payne

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

Sue Price

Financial Administrator

More about Stuart Payne

Stuart has over eight years experience of work within social care. He started his career working for Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council delivering front line care to adults with learning disabilities.

Stuart developed an interest for providing support for young LGBT people in the Dudley area after noticing a gap in provision of appropriate services while volunteering for a local HIV charity. Stuart moved on to work with Dudley Youth Services, Connexions and the voluntary sector to set up a support service for young LGBT people in the Dudley – Project Vogue, which gained funding from the Big Lottery to deliver work in schools to tackle homophobic bullying and awareness of LGBT issues for young people as well as a support group and information website.

Stuart also worked for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council as a Senior Youth Worker and has worked on a sessional basis for a number of sexual health services delivering outreach interventions to young people and MSM communities.

More about Sue Price

Sue is the Financial Administrator for Birmingham LGBT. She has a finance back ground having worked for British Telecom, the Local Authority and in accountancy private practice. She holds a Diploma in Integrative counselling and worked in sexual health in Solihull for the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Adam Carver

SHOUT Festival Development Officer

More about Adam Carver

Adam joined the Birmingham LGBT Team in April 2016 as Wellbeing Events Coordinator (part-time) and took up the role of SHOUT Development Officer in August 2016 (part-time)

Adam has over 3 years’ experience working in events management, having previously organized conferences and events for Royal Holloway, University of London, working on academic conferences and large scale international events.

Adam studied theatre and performance at Royal Holloway, University of London and subsequently at the University of Birmingham with a focus on masculinity in queer arts, performance and theory. He has worked for numerous arts organisations and venues across the midlands and is also a freelance director, designer, and theatre-maker. He runs a theatre company based in the city centre and is an associate artist of the Old Joint Stock Theatre.

Adam is committed to equality and accessibility for everyone.

Alexus Savage

Sexual Health Promotion Worker (Trans )

More about Alexus Savage

Alexus worked for many years at HMRC. Leaving in 2008, she has worked in a variety of different settings including young homeless, adults with learning difficulties, mentoring young persons in the social care system, and with adults experiencing poor mental health. Since 2012, she has primarily worked in Sexual Health promotion, covering Public Sex Environments, Sex and Relationships Education within schools and colleges, GBT prisoner support groups and Trans* support via group or one to one sessions.

Dan Singh

Sexual Health Promotion Worker (South Asian & Middle Eastern MSM)

More about Dan Singh

Dan has worked as part time sexual health outreach worker since January 2000, formerly with Healthy Gay Life (HGL). His main duties involved sexual health promotion on the commercial gay scene, in public sex environments and sex on the premises venues in Birmingham.

During his time at HGL Dan also coordinated World AIDS Day in 2007/8 which he says “was an enriching experience working with the HIV sector and working with people affected by HIV”.

Whilst at HGL Dan also offered one to one sexual health support sessions for clients and one to one support sessions to men of South Asian origin. Dan also facilitated the Married Men's Group for over 5 years, which has now become an independent group that meets at the Birmingham LGBT Centre.

In 2013 Dan was involved in a pilot scheme from HIV Prevention England called 'dried blood spot testing', testing clients for HIV, Hep B and Hep C in various LGBT community settings.

Dan’s current role for Birmingham LGBT and Umbrella Sexual Health services is to focus on ‘men who have sex with men’ from South Asian and Middle Eastern communities.

Jamie Cox

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

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Jamie has worked within sexual health outreach and sexual health promotion within the LGBT community for a number of years.

He has experience of providing face-to-face sexual health support sessions including sexual health testing, offering a variety of support including the facilitation of a married men’s group, which has now become an independent group.

Jamie has previously supported LGBT youth projects with a variety of needs, which also included cooking skills, building self-confidence, group discussions and various group trips.

Jamie has a passion for baking and photography.

John M Barry

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

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John is a sexual health promotion worker for Birmingham LGBT, and also facilitates the MSM married Men’s Group, which he joined in 2012.
John got involved in sexual health promotions work in 2014 when he started doing voluntary work for Healthy Gay Life. Supporting the outreach team with the dried blood spot testing at scene venues and at Birmingham Pride. John has worked in the computing industry for 25 years, and has coached athletes for some 20 years.

Kash Kahn

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

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Kash started his career in the computer industry, after a few years he decided that there was more to life than staring at a screen and made the change to working in an area where he could support people and make a difference to people’s lives.

He now has over 6 years’ experience of working in sexual health promotion; working in schools, colleges and further education environments. Delivering training on LGBT awareness, Sexual Health, Healthy relationships, and staying safe online. He has delivered training to professionals within prisons and clinical settings to medical staff.

He was the lead in working with vulnerable GBT prisoners in three prisons in the midlands, providing group and one to one support. He also has experience of working with people in Public Sex Environments, Public Sex Venues and the LGBT Scene venues.

He is a qualified sports therapist and has a passion for film, the arts, music and fashion.

Lisa Collins

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

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Lisa is a sexual health outreach worker at Birmingham LGBT. Lisa has a wealth of experience of working in the LGBT community in variety of voluntary roles, including supporting the development of Trans Central, delivering make up classes and previously supporting Healthy Gay Life’s Outreach team.

Lisa is a qualified makeup artist, Reiki master and also volunteers at Beacon Blind Centre.

Maria Hughes

Ageing Better Network Enabler

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Maria is the Ageing Better Network Enabler. Maria has previously worked in information, outreach, community capacity building, training and awareness-raising for a variety of charities, including Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid and Birmingham Settlement. Maria has also been involved with the music business and community arts, trade union activism, and has a specialist interest in monitoring and evaluation.

Matt Keogh

Peer Mentor & Volunteer Coordinator

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I have 16 years experience working for a national HIV charity in a variety of roles from Gay Men's Health Promotion and developing national HIV prevention and sexual health campaigns, to managing a range of health promotion, support and volunteer services for people living with HIV and at risk communities. For the last six years I have worked in the HIV outpatients department at QEHB supporting the health and treatment needs of people living with HIV as well as delivering courses on managing long term conditions and a monthly social group for patients. I was selected as one of 24 healthcare workers as an LGBT role model in the NHS by the Health Service Journal inaugural list in 2014.

I've always been passionate about working in the areas of equality, sexual health and health inequalities as well as improving patient experience. I'm also a keen gardener, lover of foreign & independent films and can speak conversational French. I have been living with HIV for 20 years and am always keen to support those coming to terms with their diagnosis. I'm really looking forward to meeting the existing volunteers over the next few weeks and developing the peer mentoring project so I am very keen to hear the views of volunteers about their experiences and skills and supporting them in their roles in the future.

Matt Lopez

Sexual Health Services Manager

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Matt has almost over 20 years of working experience in a variety of health and social care settings in both frontline service delivery and management roles.

He first became interested in the area of sexual health whilst volunteering at Birmingham based HIV charity AB Plus in the early 2000's as a holistic therapist, from where he went on to further this interest and gain more experience in subsequent employed positions.

His most recent position was with a Black Country based charity where he worked as a MSM Sexual Health Outreach Worker and Project Worker for people living with and affected by HIV. Matt's experience includes delivering community based sexual health outreach and HIV/STI testing clinics, delivering training and facilitating peer support programmes around Sexual Health, HIV and LGBT issues before moving into a management role.

Matt is passionate about empowering individuals and developing quality and accessible sexual health and well-being services to LGBT communities and tackling the barriers and inequalities that can often be faced.

Ros Gammie

Administrator & Sports Activator

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Ros joined the team having worked with arts and heritage organisations in the UK and the US. With a background in charity administration she helps community groups use the centre for social events, as well as other day-to-day administrative duties. Ros is a firm believer in Birmingham’s cultural offering and moved back to her home city two years ago to work for a local BME arts centre.

With a Master’s degree in Medieval History she is happy to reply to any email enquiry written in English, Latin, or Runes (or you could really make her day by using a giddy combination of all three).

Steph Keeble

Director

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Birmingham LGBT’s mission is to build a vibrant, diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community in Birmingham in which individuals can realise their full potential and have equal access to all the city has to offer.

In the four years she has been involved with the organisation it has grown from a small charity with a £10,000 a year turnover to an organisation with a turnover of over £250,000 a year. Birmingham LGBT delivers a variety of services and events including SHOUT: Birmingham’s festival of Queer Culture, and has recently opened the first LGBT Health & Wellbeing centre in England and Wales in Birmingham city centre. Steph and her co-worker Dave Viney were included in the Independent on Sunday’s influential Pink list in 2013 for their contributions to the LGBT community in Birmingham. Steph has skills in not-for-profits, change management, strategic planning and income generation.

Steph a social science graduate has worked in the third sector for twenty years, beginning her career as in the field of substance misuse and going on to work in a variety of areas including mental health, capacity building, social enterprises, and women’s issues.

Before moving to Birmingham she was a key player in Gloucestershire’s community coordinated response to domestic violence where, as the CEO of a domestic violence charity, she developed a network of survivors’ groups, women’s safety work, a 24-hour crisis advocacy service and a service for BME women.

Steph is passionately committed to human rights and social justice and has always worked to create a better and more equal society for all. She has never moved very far from her background in, and commitment to, grassroots community activism.

Stuart Payne

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

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Stuart has over eight years experience of work within social care. He started his career working for Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council delivering front line care to adults with learning disabilities.

Stuart developed an interest for providing support for young LGBT people in the Dudley area after noticing a gap in provision of appropriate services while volunteering for a local HIV charity. Stuart moved on to work with Dudley Youth Services, Connexions and the voluntary sector to set up a support service for young LGBT people in the Dudley – Project Vogue, which gained funding from the Big Lottery to deliver work in schools to tackle homophobic bullying and awareness of LGBT issues for young people as well as a support group and information website.

Stuart also worked for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council as a Senior Youth Worker and has worked on a sessional basis for a number of sexual health services delivering outreach interventions to young people and MSM communities.

Sue Price

Financial Administrator

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Sue is the Financial Administrator for Birmingham LGBT. She has a finance back ground having worked for British Telecom, the Local Authority and in accountancy private practice. She holds a Diploma in Integrative counselling and worked in sexual health in Solihull for the Terrence Higgins Trust.