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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 )

Andrea Willinger

Sexual Health Promotion Worker (Lesbian & Bi Women)

Anna Robottom

LGBT Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA)

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 Andrea Willinger

Andrea has over 22 years working experience within the Social Care and Health field. Initially employed as a Tenancy Support worker for a project based in Birmingham city centre supporting street drinkers, she worked with long-term homeless people to support them to resettle into their own homes. From this role Andrea worked with a small team who set up pre and post Alcohol treatment accommodation for individuals she developed an interest in working with people in recovery from substance misuse.

Andrea went on to work for a charity who developed a day-programme in the east of Birmingham for individuals looking to rebuild their lives post substance misuse treatment.

Andrea’s most recent role was working within the Black Country as a Sexual Health lead guidance worker her duties included promoting Sexual Health, HIV POC testing and facilitating Psychosocial Intervention based groups for those living with or affected by HIV.

Andrea is passionate about promoting Sexual Health care and treatment and helping eliminating barriers for women wanting to access them.

More about Anna Robottom

Anna is the LGBT Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) at Birmingham LGBT. She gives support, advice and advocacy to people who identify as LGB and/ or T and are experiencing abuse from an intimate partner, ex-partner or family member.

Anna started out as a social worker in Yorkshire, working with older people and their carers, before moving to the Midlands and joining the voluntary sector. She has worked in the field of domestic violence for the last five years, holding jobs at both Refuge and Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid. Anna would love to see a world free from all forms of abuse, but until that day she is committed to supporting those who are impacted by domestic violence.

Dan Singh

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

David Viney

Health & Wellbeing Manager

Jamie Cox

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

John M Barry

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

More about Dan Singh

Dan has worked as sexual health outreach worker since January 2000, formerly with Healthy Gay Life (HGL). His work has involved sexual health promotion on the commercial gay scene in Birmingham as well as Public Sex Environments in Birmingham. While at HGL he offered face-to-face sexual health support sessions for clients and facilitated the Married Men's Group for over 5 years which has now become an independent group that meets at the LGBT Centre. In addition to those duties from around 2009 to 2012 Dan offered face-to-face support sessions for men of South Asian origin. 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 community venues. Dan’s role also involved offering pre-testing triage to men who attend the HGL sexual health clinic. Dan also coordinated World AIDS Day in 2007/8 which was a great opportunity to work with the HIV sector and various partners in Birmingham.

The other part of Dan’s life is absorbed by making art exhibitions and initiatives mainly around live art and exhibition making. Recently Dan graduated with a MA in Fine Art which was an amazing experience.

More about David Viney

Prior to taking up this role in 2011, David worked for the organisation in a variety of roles including developing and managing LGBT Heritage projects, community infrastructure support and organisational development. David has developed various strands of activity for the organisation, with a focus on arts and heritage, events, sports and wellbeing, as well as project managing the set up of the LGBT Health & Wellbeing Centre.

David was instrumental in developing and producing the first three editions of the annual SHOUT Queer Cultural Festival, from its inception in 2009 through to 2011, and continues to be a passionate advocate for independent arts and culture in the city.

David and his co worker Steph Keeble were included in the Independent on Sunday’s influential Pink List in 2012 and 2013 for their contributions to the LGBT community in Birmingham.

David is an arts graduate has worked in the third sector for ten years.

More about Jamie Cox

Jamie has worked as a sexual health outreach worker since 2005, previously as part of Healthy Gay Life (HGL). He supported sexual health promotion on the commercial gay scene in Birmingham as well as Public Sex Environments in Birmingham. He has experience of delivered face-to-face sexual health support sessions for clients, offering a variety of support depending on need. He also supported the Married Men's Group for over 5 years which has now become an independent group that meets at the LGBT Centre.

Jamie was involved in a pilot scheme from HIV Prevention England called 'dried blood spot testing’, which tested clients for HIV, Hep B and Hep C in various community venues.

Jamie was a youth worker for the LGBT youth club Out central for 7 years supporting 13-21 year olds with a variety of support needs including one to ones, weekend trips away, cooking classes, sexual health advice, and involving young people to build their confidence, self-esteem and skills.

Jamie is a trained chef, and loves baking, photography, and currently is on a foundation acting course.

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.

Justin Wooldridge

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

Kash Kahn

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

Lisa Collins

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

Maria Hughes

Ageing Better Network Enabler

More about Justin Wooldridge

Justin started his career in sexual health in 2011, volunteering at Summit House in Dudley. He supported staff with the sexual health outreach and also helped run a mature men’s group. Justin was later employed by Summit House and was involved in STI testing, distributing condoms and lube, one to one support and group work.

Justin also studied drama and worked at Stourbridge’s International Glass Festival, where he also modeled for fashion designer Zandra Rhoads. He was also part of the theatre group Acting Out, in Birmingham, where he was make up artist, performed and wrote.

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

Paul Gibbons

Senior Sexual Health Promotion Worker

Ros Gammie

Administrator & Sports Activator

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 Paul Gibbons

Paul began his career in sexual health with Sandwell Health Authority in the 1990s, delivering interventions in PSE’s in Sandwell. Paul left Sandwell to work at Healthy Gay Life in Birmingham, here Paul began working on the commercial gay scene, as well as Public Sex Environments and Public Sex Venues.

He eventually became HGL’s specialist African/Caribbean outreach worker and later became responsible for line management of part-time staff. The main focus of his work at HGL was HIV prevention/STI reduction work with men who either Identify as gay, bisexual and other men that have sex with other men.

Paul also ensured that HGL’s literature was culturally competent and accessible to African/Caribbean MSM.
A highlight at HGL was a pilot scheme for the HIV Prevention England Programme called 'dried blood spot testing', which involved trialing a new method of testing for HIV, Hep B and Hep C in community settings. Paul was also involved with Birmingham PRIDE, National HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Day.

Paul is passionate about delivering holistic service that meet the needs of diverse LGBT people and communities.

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).

Steph Keeble

Director

Stuart Payne

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

Sue Price

Financial Administrator

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.

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 )

Andrea Willinger

Sexual Health Promotion Worker (Lesbian & Bi Women)

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 Andrea Willinger

Andrea has over 22 years working experience within the Social Care and Health field. Initially employed as a Tenancy Support worker for a project based in Birmingham city centre supporting street drinkers, she worked with long-term homeless people to support them to resettle into their own homes. From this role Andrea worked with a small team who set up pre and post Alcohol treatment accommodation for individuals she developed an interest in working with people in recovery from substance misuse.

Andrea went on to work for a charity who developed a day-programme in the east of Birmingham for individuals looking to rebuild their lives post substance misuse treatment.

Andrea’s most recent role was working within the Black Country as a Sexual Health lead guidance worker her duties included promoting Sexual Health, HIV POC testing and facilitating Psychosocial Intervention based groups for those living with or affected by HIV.

Andrea is passionate about promoting Sexual Health care and treatment and helping eliminating barriers for women wanting to access them.

Anna Robottom

LGBT Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA)

Dan Singh

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

David Viney

Health & Wellbeing Manager

More about Anna Robottom

Anna is the LGBT Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) at Birmingham LGBT. She gives support, advice and advocacy to people who identify as LGB and/ or T and are experiencing abuse from an intimate partner, ex-partner or family member.

Anna started out as a social worker in Yorkshire, working with older people and their carers, before moving to the Midlands and joining the voluntary sector. She has worked in the field of domestic violence for the last five years, holding jobs at both Refuge and Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid. Anna would love to see a world free from all forms of abuse, but until that day she is committed to supporting those who are impacted by domestic violence.

More about Dan Singh

Dan has worked as sexual health outreach worker since January 2000, formerly with Healthy Gay Life (HGL). His work has involved sexual health promotion on the commercial gay scene in Birmingham as well as Public Sex Environments in Birmingham. While at HGL he offered face-to-face sexual health support sessions for clients and facilitated the Married Men's Group for over 5 years which has now become an independent group that meets at the LGBT Centre. In addition to those duties from around 2009 to 2012 Dan offered face-to-face support sessions for men of South Asian origin. 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 community venues. Dan’s role also involved offering pre-testing triage to men who attend the HGL sexual health clinic. Dan also coordinated World AIDS Day in 2007/8 which was a great opportunity to work with the HIV sector and various partners in Birmingham.

The other part of Dan’s life is absorbed by making art exhibitions and initiatives mainly around live art and exhibition making. Recently Dan graduated with a MA in Fine Art which was an amazing experience.

More about David Viney

Prior to taking up this role in 2011, David worked for the organisation in a variety of roles including developing and managing LGBT Heritage projects, community infrastructure support and organisational development. David has developed various strands of activity for the organisation, with a focus on arts and heritage, events, sports and wellbeing, as well as project managing the set up of the LGBT Health & Wellbeing Centre.

David was instrumental in developing and producing the first three editions of the annual SHOUT Queer Cultural Festival, from its inception in 2009 through to 2011, and continues to be a passionate advocate for independent arts and culture in the city.

David and his co worker Steph Keeble were included in the Independent on Sunday’s influential Pink List in 2012 and 2013 for their contributions to the LGBT community in Birmingham.

David is an arts graduate has worked in the third sector for ten years.

Jamie Cox

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

John M Barry

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

Justin Wooldridge

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

More about Jamie Cox

Jamie has worked as a sexual health outreach worker since 2005, previously as part of Healthy Gay Life (HGL). He supported sexual health promotion on the commercial gay scene in Birmingham as well as Public Sex Environments in Birmingham. He has experience of delivered face-to-face sexual health support sessions for clients, offering a variety of support depending on need. He also supported the Married Men's Group for over 5 years which has now become an independent group that meets at the LGBT Centre.

Jamie was involved in a pilot scheme from HIV Prevention England called 'dried blood spot testing’, which tested clients for HIV, Hep B and Hep C in various community venues.

Jamie was a youth worker for the LGBT youth club Out central for 7 years supporting 13-21 year olds with a variety of support needs including one to ones, weekend trips away, cooking classes, sexual health advice, and involving young people to build their confidence, self-esteem and skills.

Jamie is a trained chef, and loves baking, photography, and currently is on a foundation acting course.

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 Justin Wooldridge

Justin started his career in sexual health in 2011, volunteering at Summit House in Dudley. He supported staff with the sexual health outreach and also helped run a mature men’s group. Justin was later employed by Summit House and was involved in STI testing, distributing condoms and lube, one to one support and group work.

Justin also studied drama and worked at Stourbridge’s International Glass Festival, where he also modeled for fashion designer Zandra Rhoads. He was also part of the theatre group Acting Out, in Birmingham, where he was make up artist, performed and wrote.

Kash Kahn

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

Lisa Collins

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

Maria Hughes

Ageing Better Network Enabler

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

Paul Gibbons

Senior Sexual Health Promotion Worker

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 Paul Gibbons

Paul began his career in sexual health with Sandwell Health Authority in the 1990s, delivering interventions in PSE’s in Sandwell. Paul left Sandwell to work at Healthy Gay Life in Birmingham, here Paul began working on the commercial gay scene, as well as Public Sex Environments and Public Sex Venues.

He eventually became HGL’s specialist African/Caribbean outreach worker and later became responsible for line management of part-time staff. The main focus of his work at HGL was HIV prevention/STI reduction work with men who either Identify as gay, bisexual and other men that have sex with other men.

Paul also ensured that HGL’s literature was culturally competent and accessible to African/Caribbean MSM.
A highlight at HGL was a pilot scheme for the HIV Prevention England Programme called 'dried blood spot testing', which involved trialing a new method of testing for HIV, Hep B and Hep C in community settings. Paul was also involved with Birmingham PRIDE, National HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Day.

Paul is passionate about delivering holistic service that meet the needs of diverse LGBT people and communities.

Ros Gammie

Administrator & Sports Activator

Steph Keeble

Director

Stuart Payne

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

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.

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.

Sue Price

Financial Administrator

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.

Andrea Willinger

Sexual Health Promotion Worker (Lesbian & Bi Women)

Anna Robottom

LGBT Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA)

More about Andrea Willinger

Andrea has over 22 years working experience within the Social Care and Health field. Initially employed as a Tenancy Support worker for a project based in Birmingham city centre supporting street drinkers, she worked with long-term homeless people to support them to resettle into their own homes. From this role Andrea worked with a small team who set up pre and post Alcohol treatment accommodation for individuals she developed an interest in working with people in recovery from substance misuse.

Andrea went on to work for a charity who developed a day-programme in the east of Birmingham for individuals looking to rebuild their lives post substance misuse treatment.

Andrea’s most recent role was working within the Black Country as a Sexual Health lead guidance worker her duties included promoting Sexual Health, HIV POC testing and facilitating Psychosocial Intervention based groups for those living with or affected by HIV.

Andrea is passionate about promoting Sexual Health care and treatment and helping eliminating barriers for women wanting to access them.

More about Anna Robottom

Anna is the LGBT Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) at Birmingham LGBT. She gives support, advice and advocacy to people who identify as LGB and/ or T and are experiencing abuse from an intimate partner, ex-partner or family member.

Anna started out as a social worker in Yorkshire, working with older people and their carers, before moving to the Midlands and joining the voluntary sector. She has worked in the field of domestic violence for the last five years, holding jobs at both Refuge and Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid. Anna would love to see a world free from all forms of abuse, but until that day she is committed to supporting those who are impacted by domestic violence.

Dan Singh

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

David Viney

Health & Wellbeing Manager

More about Dan Singh

Dan has worked as sexual health outreach worker since January 2000, formerly with Healthy Gay Life (HGL). His work has involved sexual health promotion on the commercial gay scene in Birmingham as well as Public Sex Environments in Birmingham. While at HGL he offered face-to-face sexual health support sessions for clients and facilitated the Married Men's Group for over 5 years which has now become an independent group that meets at the LGBT Centre. In addition to those duties from around 2009 to 2012 Dan offered face-to-face support sessions for men of South Asian origin. 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 community venues. Dan’s role also involved offering pre-testing triage to men who attend the HGL sexual health clinic. Dan also coordinated World AIDS Day in 2007/8 which was a great opportunity to work with the HIV sector and various partners in Birmingham.

The other part of Dan’s life is absorbed by making art exhibitions and initiatives mainly around live art and exhibition making. Recently Dan graduated with a MA in Fine Art which was an amazing experience.

More about David Viney

Prior to taking up this role in 2011, David worked for the organisation in a variety of roles including developing and managing LGBT Heritage projects, community infrastructure support and organisational development. David has developed various strands of activity for the organisation, with a focus on arts and heritage, events, sports and wellbeing, as well as project managing the set up of the LGBT Health & Wellbeing Centre.

David was instrumental in developing and producing the first three editions of the annual SHOUT Queer Cultural Festival, from its inception in 2009 through to 2011, and continues to be a passionate advocate for independent arts and culture in the city.

David and his co worker Steph Keeble were included in the Independent on Sunday’s influential Pink List in 2012 and 2013 for their contributions to the LGBT community in Birmingham.

David is an arts graduate has worked in the third sector for ten years.

Jamie Cox

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

John M Barry

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

More about Jamie Cox

Jamie has worked as a sexual health outreach worker since 2005, previously as part of Healthy Gay Life (HGL). He supported sexual health promotion on the commercial gay scene in Birmingham as well as Public Sex Environments in Birmingham. He has experience of delivered face-to-face sexual health support sessions for clients, offering a variety of support depending on need. He also supported the Married Men's Group for over 5 years which has now become an independent group that meets at the LGBT Centre.

Jamie was involved in a pilot scheme from HIV Prevention England called 'dried blood spot testing’, which tested clients for HIV, Hep B and Hep C in various community venues.

Jamie was a youth worker for the LGBT youth club Out central for 7 years supporting 13-21 year olds with a variety of support needs including one to ones, weekend trips away, cooking classes, sexual health advice, and involving young people to build their confidence, self-esteem and skills.

Jamie is a trained chef, and loves baking, photography, and currently is on a foundation acting course.

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.

Justin Wooldridge

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

Kash Kahn

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

More about Justin Wooldridge

Justin started his career in sexual health in 2011, volunteering at Summit House in Dudley. He supported staff with the sexual health outreach and also helped run a mature men’s group. Justin was later employed by Summit House and was involved in STI testing, distributing condoms and lube, one to one support and group work.

Justin also studied drama and worked at Stourbridge’s International Glass Festival, where he also modeled for fashion designer Zandra Rhoads. He was also part of the theatre group Acting Out, in Birmingham, where he was make up artist, performed and wrote.

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.

Paul Gibbons

Senior Sexual Health Promotion Worker

Ros Gammie

Administrator & Sports Activator

More about Paul Gibbons

Paul began his career in sexual health with Sandwell Health Authority in the 1990s, delivering interventions in PSE’s in Sandwell. Paul left Sandwell to work at Healthy Gay Life in Birmingham, here Paul began working on the commercial gay scene, as well as Public Sex Environments and Public Sex Venues.

He eventually became HGL’s specialist African/Caribbean outreach worker and later became responsible for line management of part-time staff. The main focus of his work at HGL was HIV prevention/STI reduction work with men who either Identify as gay, bisexual and other men that have sex with other men.

Paul also ensured that HGL’s literature was culturally competent and accessible to African/Caribbean MSM.
A highlight at HGL was a pilot scheme for the HIV Prevention England Programme called 'dried blood spot testing', which involved trialing a new method of testing for HIV, Hep B and Hep C in community settings. Paul was also involved with Birmingham PRIDE, National HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Day.

Paul is passionate about delivering holistic service that meet the needs of diverse LGBT people and communities.

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).

Steph Keeble

Director

Stuart Payne

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

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.

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.

Sue Price

Financial Administrator

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.

Andrea Willinger

Sexual Health Promotion Worker (Lesbian & Bi Women)

More about Andrea Willinger

Andrea has over 22 years working experience within the Social Care and Health field. Initially employed as a Tenancy Support worker for a project based in Birmingham city centre supporting street drinkers, she worked with long-term homeless people to support them to resettle into their own homes. From this role Andrea worked with a small team who set up pre and post Alcohol treatment accommodation for individuals she developed an interest in working with people in recovery from substance misuse.

Andrea went on to work for a charity who developed a day-programme in the east of Birmingham for individuals looking to rebuild their lives post substance misuse treatment.

Andrea’s most recent role was working within the Black Country as a Sexual Health lead guidance worker her duties included promoting Sexual Health, HIV POC testing and facilitating Psychosocial Intervention based groups for those living with or affected by HIV.

Andrea is passionate about promoting Sexual Health care and treatment and helping eliminating barriers for women wanting to access them.

Anna Robottom

LGBT Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA)

More about Anna Robottom

Anna is the LGBT Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) at Birmingham LGBT. She gives support, advice and advocacy to people who identify as LGB and/ or T and are experiencing abuse from an intimate partner, ex-partner or family member.

Anna started out as a social worker in Yorkshire, working with older people and their carers, before moving to the Midlands and joining the voluntary sector. She has worked in the field of domestic violence for the last five years, holding jobs at both Refuge and Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid. Anna would love to see a world free from all forms of abuse, but until that day she is committed to supporting those who are impacted by domestic violence.

Dan Singh

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

More about Dan Singh

Dan has worked as sexual health outreach worker since January 2000, formerly with Healthy Gay Life (HGL). His work has involved sexual health promotion on the commercial gay scene in Birmingham as well as Public Sex Environments in Birmingham. While at HGL he offered face-to-face sexual health support sessions for clients and facilitated the Married Men's Group for over 5 years which has now become an independent group that meets at the LGBT Centre. In addition to those duties from around 2009 to 2012 Dan offered face-to-face support sessions for men of South Asian origin. 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 community venues. Dan’s role also involved offering pre-testing triage to men who attend the HGL sexual health clinic. Dan also coordinated World AIDS Day in 2007/8 which was a great opportunity to work with the HIV sector and various partners in Birmingham.

The other part of Dan’s life is absorbed by making art exhibitions and initiatives mainly around live art and exhibition making. Recently Dan graduated with a MA in Fine Art which was an amazing experience.

David Viney

Health & Wellbeing Manager

More about David Viney

Prior to taking up this role in 2011, David worked for the organisation in a variety of roles including developing and managing LGBT Heritage projects, community infrastructure support and organisational development. David has developed various strands of activity for the organisation, with a focus on arts and heritage, events, sports and wellbeing, as well as project managing the set up of the LGBT Health & Wellbeing Centre.

David was instrumental in developing and producing the first three editions of the annual SHOUT Queer Cultural Festival, from its inception in 2009 through to 2011, and continues to be a passionate advocate for independent arts and culture in the city.

David and his co worker Steph Keeble were included in the Independent on Sunday’s influential Pink List in 2012 and 2013 for their contributions to the LGBT community in Birmingham.

David is an arts graduate has worked in the third sector for ten years.

Jamie Cox

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

More about Jamie Cox

Jamie has worked as a sexual health outreach worker since 2005, previously as part of Healthy Gay Life (HGL). He supported sexual health promotion on the commercial gay scene in Birmingham as well as Public Sex Environments in Birmingham. He has experience of delivered face-to-face sexual health support sessions for clients, offering a variety of support depending on need. He also supported the Married Men's Group for over 5 years which has now become an independent group that meets at the LGBT Centre.

Jamie was involved in a pilot scheme from HIV Prevention England called 'dried blood spot testing’, which tested clients for HIV, Hep B and Hep C in various community venues.

Jamie was a youth worker for the LGBT youth club Out central for 7 years supporting 13-21 year olds with a variety of support needs including one to ones, weekend trips away, cooking classes, sexual health advice, and involving young people to build their confidence, self-esteem and skills.

Jamie is a trained chef, and loves baking, photography, and currently is on a foundation acting course.

John M Barry

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.

Justin Wooldridge

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

More about Justin Wooldridge

Justin started his career in sexual health in 2011, volunteering at Summit House in Dudley. He supported staff with the sexual health outreach and also helped run a mature men’s group. Justin was later employed by Summit House and was involved in STI testing, distributing condoms and lube, one to one support and group work.

Justin also studied drama and worked at Stourbridge’s International Glass Festival, where he also modeled for fashion designer Zandra Rhoads. He was also part of the theatre group Acting Out, in Birmingham, where he was make up artist, performed and wrote.

Kash Kahn

Sexual Health Promotion Worker

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

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.

Maria Hughes

Ageing Better Network Enabler

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

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

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.

Paul Gibbons

Senior Sexual Health Promotion Worker

More about Paul Gibbons

Paul began his career in sexual health with Sandwell Health Authority in the 1990s, delivering interventions in PSE’s in Sandwell. Paul left Sandwell to work at Healthy Gay Life in Birmingham, here Paul began working on the commercial gay scene, as well as Public Sex Environments and Public Sex Venues.

He eventually became HGL’s specialist African/Caribbean outreach worker and later became responsible for line management of part-time staff. The main focus of his work at HGL was HIV prevention/STI reduction work with men who either Identify as gay, bisexual and other men that have sex with other men.

Paul also ensured that HGL’s literature was culturally competent and accessible to African/Caribbean MSM.
A highlight at HGL was a pilot scheme for the HIV Prevention England Programme called 'dried blood spot testing', which involved trialing a new method of testing for HIV, Hep B and Hep C in community settings. Paul was also involved with Birmingham PRIDE, National HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Day.

Paul is passionate about delivering holistic service that meet the needs of diverse LGBT people and communities.

Ros Gammie

Administrator & Sports Activator

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).

Steph Keeble

Director

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

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.

Sue Price

Financial Administrator

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.