The Ledward Centre Community Interest Company (CIC)
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.
Andrew Jones ~ People Director
Andrew’s career spans two decades working in marketing, PR, and the operational delivery of large-scale events, both internationally and here in the UK. His clients included; The Royal Household, Government Departments & Agencies, National Charities and Broadcasters. Volunteering with Manchester Pride in 2004 allowed him to transfer his professional skills to give back to the LGBTQ+ community and further fuelled his passion to promote LGBTQ+ equality, making him an active campaigner and activist, respected in the UK and overseas.
Following the failure of summer 2012’s World Pride event in London, he steered a community group which – in that autumn – successfully bid to The Mayor of London to be the new organising committee of London’s future pride events. In 2013 he took on the roles of Co-Chair & Festival Director, with responsibility over the operational delivery of events with a community focus across London Boroughs. This then led to liaising with Pride committees across the UK, culminating in the creation of the UK Pride Organisers Network in 2016
In late 2017 Andrew took a sabbatical due to ill-health, spending time with family and his dog, Q, an Alaskan Malamute. He has been saddened to be ‘on the side-lines’ watching our hard-fought battle for equality be whittled away by successive governments, both in the UK and overseas. Highlighted with the announcement by our government in 2020 that there will be a rolling back of previously made pledges to tackle LGBTQ+ bullying in schools and media coverage of our trans brothers and sisters as they deal with attacks both from within, and outside, of our community.
Andrew’s career highlight was working on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Ukraine delivering workshops on “developing Pride events and furthering activism causes” to twenty activists from Kyiv, Lyiv and Odessa over the course of a week. Seeing first-hand the violence that their community is subjected to really open ended his eyes to the plight that LGBT+ communities across the globe face, especially outside “western society”. Andrew is now determined that our own society does not revert to such open hatred of the LGBTQ+ community.
Andrew hopes that this Centre will become a unique space for Brighton’s diverse LGBTQ+ community and lead the way in engagement and facilitation of events for everyone.
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.
Bio to follow.