Our Trustees


Meet our Trustees

The Board of Trustees at LGBT Foundation are the first and final decision making authority within LGBT Foundation.

In addition to Board meetings, Trustees are actively encouraged to join one or more of the Board Sub Committee's which generally meet monthly and look in-depth at specific topics, and develop proposals to recommend to the Board for agreement.  Currently the Board Sub Committee's include: Finance, Fundraising, Governance and Membership and Service Improvement.

The full Board meets quarterly, but it’s Sub Committees often meet monthly. To manage its affairs when not sitting, the Board have three Officers: The Chair, The Secretary and The Treasurer. Each position has a term of office for one year. All Trustees receive thorough in-depth induction and training.

Smyth Harper (Chair)

Smyth Harper

Smyth has had a varied career in journalism and public relations, working for a range of organisations including the Manchester Evening News, BBC, Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council. He is currently Head of Communications and Engagement for Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

He is an active member of Manchester’s LGBT community. As well as helping to support the economic success of the Village by spending too much money in its venues, he aims to be an advocate for LGBT issues wherever he can. Notably, he volunteers as an LGBT Foundation Village Angel.

An Irishman who has lived in Manchester most of his adult life, Smyth spends too much time on karaoke, not enough time in the gym and a soul-destroying amount of his life humanely euthanizing injured mice and birds brought in by his killer cat.

Andrea Murray (Deputy Chair)

Andrea Murray

Andrea Murray is a policy and strategy specialist, with a background in gender equality, regulation and international development and social change projects.

From 2002 to 2012, she was Policy Director at the Equal Opportunities and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, specialising in integrating equality and human rights into public services. She campaigned successfully to secure the gender equality duty and led the implementation and regulation of the single public sector equality duty.

Andrea is currently Head of Policy at the Money Advice Service, leading the development of the Financial Capability Strategy for the UK as well as being the Chair for LGBT Foundation Performance and Planning Sub-Committee

Matt Webber (Company Secretary)

Matt Webber

Matt lives in Manchester with his fiancé. He considers it his adopted home despite being raised in the South of England. He has studied and worked in Greater Manchester, supports Manchester United and is an avid Cold Feet fan. He considers (even if no one else does) himself an ‘honorary Mancunian’.

Matt has been involved in the third sector for a decade, currently managing a Higher Education charity. He is on a national committee of an organisation that provides guidance on volunteering to Further and Higher Education institutions.

Matt got involved in the LGBT Foundation because of its campaigning work and support networks it offers to the LGBT Community and because he wants a fairer, kinder society for his own family to grow up in.

Glyn Jenkins (Co-Treasurer)

Glyn Jenkins cropped

Glyn has been a Trustee of the LGBT Foundation for eighteen years, joining after his retirement from Barclays Bank where he worked as Bank Manager of the organisation.

For the past fourteen years he has worked here in the position of Treasurer, all whilst taking on the heavy load of working in the same position for three other organisations!

When he gets a moment of spare time, Glyn enjoys travelling, cooking, reading and spending time with his grandchildren.

Glyn is also married, and in 2016 will be celebrating his Golden anniversary. 

Lee Broadstock (Co-Treasurer)

Lee Broadstock

Lee is currently the Equality Officer for the Greater Manchester Police, working with the Equality and Human Rights Commission to ensure compliance with the Equality act, and is a passionate advocate for equality and diversity.

Before joining the GMP in 2007, Lee previously worked in the private sector as a Management Accountant. Working in varied policing roles with responsibility for the city centre and village area, he has worked on tackling hate crime, and helped develop and support the LGBT Angels concept.

Lee currently hosts a monthly hate crime surgery at the LGBT Foundation and is the current Chair of GMP's LGBT support network - 'GMP Pride Network', developing closer LGBT community links and developing a regional and National LGBT Police staff network.

Catherine Poulton

Catherine Poulton

Catherine is now retired, but spent her working life as a Police Officer in Greater Manchester.

She continues her interest in criminal justice through her membership of working groups advising the Crown Prosecution Service and the British Transport Police respectively.

As well as this, she also has an interest in primary health care and chairs the Finance and Administration Sub-Committee at LGBT Foundation.

When not working toward fighting crimes and saving lives, she likes to work on her allotment in Stretford.

Emily van Blankenstein


Emily is a Junior Doctor with interests in paediatrics, medical physics and medical education.

As an undergraduate at University College London she designed and delivered teaching sessions on LGBT issues in healthcare, and co-founded a peer-mentoring scheme for medical students with LGBT+ welfare related concerns.

She has presented research internationally, and is currently working on a project examining how attitudes around identity affect medical students’ experiences of undergraduate clinical training.


Jeannie Parr

Jeannie Parr

After spending twenty seven years working in the public sector, Jeannie decided to re-train as a Psychotherapist, and loves her new role!

She is currently conducting her MSc research dissertation at the University of Salford, and is also training in clinical hypnosis. Jeannie is particularly interested in LGBT issues because she believes that sexual identity is a fundamental part of who we are, and enjoys working with people to increase their self-acceptance. She works at the LGBT as a voluntary Counsellor, as well as working at another charity in Bolton in her spare time.

Jeannie enjoys spending time being creative whenever possible - from making greeting cards to assembling jewellery to painting.

Olivia Butterworth

Olivia Butterworth

Olivia leads NHS England’s work to ensure that the NHS works with citizens and communities to have a voice that influences the development, design and delivery of our health and care services. Her key responsibility is the development of NHS Citizen which will see a revolution in public participation and transparency. She was named in the HSJs Top 50 Innovators and the Top 50 Integrators in 2014.

Olivia loves being outdoors, particularly night fell running with her rather large dog, Blue. She is a recent convert to Dru Yoga to support her mindfulness and well-being.


Sharmila Kar

Sharmila Kar

Sharmila is a senior HR & OD professional specialising in strategy and people development. She is currently the Head of HR and OD at Central, South and North Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group. The role is focused on shaping and implementing the strategic direction of the CCGs through the development of leading edge organisational development, human resource and equality practices. It also involves working in close collaboration with Health and Care partners in the city of Manchester and GM.

Prior to joining the NHS, Sharmila was the HR & OD Director at Nacro, the largest charity in England and Wales dedicated to reducing crime where she led a major organisational change programme. Sharmila has also headed up the HR and OD functions at the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Disability Rights Commission.

Sharmila has worked with a wide range of organisations across the public and not for profit sector undertaking a portfolio of HR, OD and Equality related projects including serving on the board of Amnesty International UK.

Originally from India, Sharmila has lived in her adopted city of Manchester for the last 15 years.