The Ledward Centre Community Interest Company (CIC)

Company Directors

Wearing a dark blue jacket and striped top, Gil Bailey is a woman with shortish hair and a nice smile.

Gil Bailey

Gil Bailey is an experienced senior manager and leader with specialisms in programme/portfolio management, people management, and operational management, with roles spanning corporate, not-for-profit CLGs, voluntary/community, and NHS Trusts.  Gil brings substantial experience of managing and leading on complex grant-funded national and international projects and portfolios. She also loves a good spreadsheet and excels in managing operations and logistics. 

Gil is passionate about work that is collaborative and makes a genuine, positive difference to people’s lives, particularly families and young persons; mental health and building social cohesion within LGBTQI+ communities. She is currently the Chair of Sussex Partnerships LGBT staff network and has worked extensively with Rainbow Families Brighton & Hove as a committee member, where she led on grant funding and monitoring. 

Gil lives in Brighton with her wife, two children and very naughty dog, and sings with Hullaballoo Community Choir. 

Chris Gull outside in the sunshine

Chris Gull ~ Chair

Chris has been about a bit. He qualified as a Dentist at Sheffield Uni in 1976 and moved to Brighton. In 1980, with the arrogance of youth, he started his own practice at the age of 28 and – in the 30 years to 2010, when he retired from Dentistry – he started and sold on four practices, was awarded the 2002 UK Dental Practice of the Year award, and the BAHBA (Brighton & Hove Business Awards) first-ever Best Customer Service Award.

He joined the committee of Brighton Cares in 1991 (a hardship fund for people affected by HIV/AIDS which raised funds through entertainment events) and was Chair from 1993 to 2000. In 2010 James Ledward invited Chris to join the grants panel of The Rainbow Fund, and he has Chaired since 2013. In that role, he facilitated the acquisition of the lease for what is now the Rainbow Hub on St James’s Street and guided it through to charitable status as Chair of Trustees, a role he has just relinquished.

Since James Ledward’s death last year, Chris has guided Gscene magazine through to CIC status and volunteers as Administrative Director.

Chris moved – with his partner – to Valencia in 2016, after 40 years in Brighton. The climate is better, and his pension goes further. But he is still intimately involved with LGBTQ+ Brighton & Hove and spends most of his day in Zoom meetings. For the last four years, he has been living by his school motto “pavlatim ergo certe” (slowly therefore surely) as he and James sought to make an LGBTQ+ centre for Brighton a reality.

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Billie Lewis

Billie has volunteered and been part of the Sussex LGBTQ+ community for over 20 years. In that time he has been involved in many services and community events, including working to support Brighton Pride, Trans Pride, World Aids Day, IDAHOBIT, The B Right On LGBTQ Community Festival and LGBTQ+ History Month. He´s worked in a wide range of LGBTQ+ services, from domestic violence support, to clubs and bar security, including work across a range of festivals and artistic events, The Royal Opera House, film, TV and touring circus groups. He´s worked front of stage, backstage and on stage, and understands the importance of culture and representation to our communities.

He also understands that everyone has a part to play in creating a community, has something to offer and that there are different ways in which people of all types and abilities can contribute.   
A qualified teacher, Billie´s work has always been rooted in principals of respect, support and really understanding a person and their needs. After many years as Chair of Brighton & Hove LGBTQ+ Safety Forum, delivering community initiatives and projects including Accessibility Matters, Report It, the Community Guardians project and the development of the Rainbow Hub, he is honoured and delighted to be part of TLC.

James was a friend, supporting, encouraging and sharing his many years’ experience of real community engagement and work. Billie hopes his own experience, working with diverse communities, will support TLC as it becomes a vital part of the city’s LGBTQ+ infrastructure.

In the work he’s done Billie has always been careful to ensure that all voices are heard. In being part of the board Billie is committed to making TLC a safe and inclusive place for everyone from our LGBTQ+ communities and their allies.

It takes a village to raise a person and a ‘chosen’ family to love an individual unconditionally. He is looking forward to this new challenge and to seeing TLC flourish.

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Duncan Lustig-Prean ~ Centre Director

Duncan Lustig-Prean is a former naval officer who was involved in many equality advances in British Armed Forces. He improved recruitment of members of the BME (Black & Minority Ethinic) communities and investigated discrimination which resulted in much progress. He was involved in the study team which allowed full career opportunities to women in the front line.

In 1995 Duncan was dismissed because of his sexuality. Between 1995 and 2000, he led the campaign to change the law banning lesbian and gay people from serving in the military. He was lead test case in the European Court of Human Rights which resulted in changing the law throughout Europe. He Chaired Rank Outsiders, the LGBT armed forces group.

He continues to advise governments, organisations and businesses on diversity and inclusion and recently worked with the Scottish Parliament. A senior instructor with the airline easyJet, Duncan is one of the company’s founder Diversity and Inclusion Champions.

In 2017 Duncan successfully lobbied Government and achieved the repeal of anti-LGBT legislation in the Criminal Justice Acts. A year later he persuaded Government to remove discriminatory legislation in the Merchant Shipping Acts. In 2020 he persuaded English Heritage to conduct a review of the way that the Blue Plaque scheme works, which is already leading to more recognition being given to members of the BME communities.

Duncan was a founding member and Chair of the Equality Alliance, which brought together LGBTQ+ groups and others striving for equality in other areas to share experience and support. He was given the Stonewall Equality Award, the Mike Rhodes Award, the Prix de Nantes and Honorary Life Membership of Rank Outsiders for his work in LGBTQ+ rights.

Duncan lives in Kemptown and is married to JL, his partner of 18 years. He brings many years of senior Board experience in the NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) and private sectors to the team.

Nicky Mitchell

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