Meet the Team
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 ~ 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.