Board of Trustees

Trustees are ultimately accountable for the organisation and their governance responsibilities include developing strategy together with the Chief Executive Officer, ensuring compliance with the law and maintaining proper financial oversight.
Our trustees are recruited for a term of three years and can serve a maximum of two terms. Board meetings take place quarterly, currently on a weekday evening, and usually last about three hours.


Board Members

Helen Belcher – Chair

Helen is one of the founders and directors of Trans Media Watch, a charity set up in 2010 to encourage the British media to report trans and intersex issues with accuracy, dignity and respect. She first came to public prominence giving the charity's evidence to the Leveson Inquiry in February 2012. As well as media, she also campaigns on healthcare for trans people and was the keynote speaker at the Trans Health Matters conference in 2014. She also has strong views on the changes required to gender recognition, and has been a member of the Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity since 2011. She was placed joint 13th on the Independent on Sunday's Pink List 2013.

Helen is happily married and has two teenage children. She is a governor at a local secondary school, and sings in a local choir. In her spare time she has run a small but steadily growing software company since 2004, which pays the bills.


Hannah Taylor

Hannah is currently Head of Operations at Three Faiths Forum and is responsible for operations including office management, HR and finance. She also manages 3FF's Internship/volunteer Programme. With a background in equality and diversity, particularly in relation to faith, interfaith and LGBT issues, Hannah is currently specializing in the use of social media within these contexts to influence attitudes, tackle intolerance and inspire social change.  Hannah recently established Nothing Holy About Hatred, a social media campaign which brings together people of all faiths, denominations and non-religious beliefs to take a pledge against homophobia within their own communities.

Previously, Hannah worked as Community Development Officer at Kirklees Faiths Forum, an organisation which works to build interfaith relations and improve community cohesion in Kirklees in Yorkshire.  She has extensive experience in equality and diversity within the pubic, voluntary and community sectors, including previous experience as a trustee for Yorkshire Mesmac and a steering group member for Kirklees Council’s LGBT Employee Network.

Hannah has a BA (Hons) (International) in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Leeds University, where her studies included Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Buddhism, Islam, the Hebrew Scriptures, Multiculturalism, and Muslims in Modern Britain.  As part of her degree, she studied abroad for a year at the University of South Carolina.


Yuri Polyakov

Yuri has recently joined the Board and currently works for Lloyds Banking Group as Head of Financial Risk Advisory. Yuri is a highly experienced finance professional who works extensively with corporate, public sector and financial institutions clients providing strategic finance and risk management advisory services including risk policy consulting, ALM, integrated risk assessment as well as balance sheet and capital management.


Kevin Griffiths - Treasurer

Kevin is a Partner at Ernst and Young and is an experienced Partner with a demonstrated history of advising insurers on changes to financial and regulatory reporting in the insurance industry. Kevin is focussed on building teams and campaigns in professional services organisations and has a Master's Degree in Accounting and Political Studies (Africa) from University of Cape Town.

Professor Elizabeth McDermott

Liz is a Professor of Health Inequality at Lancaster University where her research is concerned with mental health inequality especially in relation to age, sexuality, gender and social class.
Alongside her other research, Liz is the lead investigator for an LGBT Youth Suicide Prevention Project.

Liz joins LGBT Consortium as the newest Member of the board. 



The Board and staff team would like to extend their thanks to Lee Robinson who recently stood down from the Board of Trustees. Lee has given years of passion, strategic input and expert knowledge to the organisation and we are eternally grateful. We look forward to still being able to draw on his expertise at key points.


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