LEE-ANNE MCDOUGALL (FOUNDER, PRESIDENT & FESTIVAL COORDINATOR)
March 2018 Lee created and launched Newcastle Pride. Lee’s vision and values for Newcastle Pride are we embrace, support and respect each other in whatever way we each chose to Identify, accept people for who they are, celebrate our uniqueness and differences and we are fully inclusive and collaborate with others. Our Vision is to empower all LGBTIQ people to find their voice and be proud. We aspire to a safer, more inclusive future.
In addition, it is my intention to secure our own Community Hub to call home, create The Youth Pride Tribe - a social support group for LGBTIQ+ youth - and empower the current and future generations to be their true selves and feel accepted for who they are regardless of their gender identity or sexuality. Newcastle Pride welcomes anyone who has a genuine interest in ensuring that everyone is treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.
Freedom to be me | This is me.
IVAN SKAINES (CO-FOUNDER, VICE-PRESIDENT & EVENT COORDINATOR)
Ivan was involved in Rainbow Visions Hunter Inc from its commencement and was Co-Convenor for a number of years. Very proud of the achievements of RV including the annual Rainbow Festival and initiatives around ageing in our community, Ivan is looking forward to similar success with Newcastle Pride Inc.
Currently living and working in a rural area of the Hunter Valley, Ivan is keen to involve diverse groups from the community, businesses and organisations from throughout the Hunter, and further afield in the 2019 Newcastle Pride Festival.
CLARA STACKPOOL (TREASURER)
Clara has worked with both "for profit" and "not forprofit organisations" and clubs in both an accounting and auditing capacity. Her experience includes assistance and completion of quarterly and annual management and statutory accounting, review and improvement of management reporting and internal control systems. Clara, with her previous employer, has also had the opportunity to work in the finance area of a large organisation and government sector during a period of restructuring and staff changes.
Through her personable and practical approach with clients and the greater community, Clara has developed many close working relationships with clients that have provided quality outcomes. Having been actively involved in the LGBTI community for many years, Clara advocates for the development of meaningful partnerships that recognise cultural responsibilities and values.
HELLEN RICHARDS (ORDINARY COMMITTEE MEMBER - ENTERTAINMENT & EVENT COORDINATOR)
Newcastle has had a long and proud history of having an inclusive and mixed LGBTI Community. It has been my privilege to have been the employee, manager, owner and driving force of our most beloved community spaces including the Criterion Hotel, Pipers Nitespot, Whoosh and the Wickham Park Hotel. ”Its imperative for all of us to gather and celebrate our lives in our town”
I’m looking forward to using my experience to help the Newcastle Pride Committee deliver the best Hunter Pride Festival yet!
My vision for the future is to provide guidance,help and support to the youth LGBTI Community.
TBA (ORDINARY COMMITTEE MEMBER - COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR)
ED ABBOTT (ORDINARY COMMITTEE MEMBER - PROMOTIONS, MEDIA & SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR)
Ed grew up in the small country town of Dunedoo, and made the move to Newcastle in 2015 to kick start his media career. Knowing the importance of visibility for young LGBTQI+ people, he is passionate about safe spaces and helping create spaces to celebrate diversity in Newcastle.
He is extremely proud and excited to be a part of Newcastle Pride, and looks forward to the festival getting bigger, better and more fabulous every year!
SIMON TARRANT (ORDINARY COMMITTEE MEMBER - YOUTH PRIDE TRIBE COORDINATOR)
Simon has been a peer facilitator & Rover at ACON Hunter & involved in numerous community days in Newcastle & Sydney. A lot of this revolves around community engagement, education, and harm minimisation. He has also been a high school teacher for 10 years & have become the unofficial support coordinator for the majority of our queer students. This has included providing connection to support services both external to and within the school & facilitating Pride as well as educational events such as IDAHOBIT & Trans Awareness Week.
Simon also came from a performing background which he feels will be beneficial in putting events together and creating safe community spaces.
MATTHEW SNEDDON (ORDINARY COMMITTEE MEMBER - VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR)
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF NEWCASTLE PRIDE INC
- Geoff Macfarlane (2019 Secretary)
- Debbie Hansen (2019 Treasurer)
- Sally Franco (2019 Ordinary Committee Member - Policy Coordinator)
- Tory Curran (2019-2020 Secretary)
- Joshua Yelds (2019-2020 Treasurer)
- Ivan Skaines (2018-2021 Vice-President)
- Jay Bellamy (2019-2021 Ordinary Committee Member - Community Engagement Coordinator)
- Jay Bellamy (2020-2021 Secretary)