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.

Secure our own Community Hub to call home and 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.

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.

TORY CURRAN (SECRETARY)

Growing up in Orange, I moved to Newcastle in 2016 to further my education. I am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Psychological Science at the University of Newcastle. In that time, I have been an executive member of the NUSA Queer Collective on campus. I have been involved in successfully running events such as UoN Pride week, Queersmas lunch, co-hosting a fortnightly queer womxn’s hangout and have participated on a panel for ALLY training for staff and students.
Additionally, every month I co-host a lesbian and queer women’s book club on the Central Coast for womxn to have a safe space to meet other womxn in our community and to discuss books, movies, topics and have a laugh.

In 2019, I volunteered at Newcastle Pride’s Fair Day and was so inspired by everyone that I met and the scale of young LGBTIQ+ people in our community I felt compelled to take on a more active role in our community to ensure that all LGBTIQ+ people have safe spaces where they feel welcomed and they belong.

JOSHUA YELDS (TREASURER)

Josh grew up in Newcastle and whilst having travelled to a handful of countries, Newcastle always feels like home!

Having a background working in the not-for-profit and charity sector for over 10 years, Josh brings accounting and finance skills to the Newcastle Pride team, having recently achieved his CPA accreditation.

He is passionate about mental health and looking forward to giving back to the LGBTIQ+ community, as well as helping to ensure the long term financial sustainability of the organisation.

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.

JAY BELLAMY (ORDINARY COMMITTEE MEMBER - COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT)

Jay has been involved in delivering LGBTI diversity community days / workshops for several years. Starting at the UON Ourimbah Campus where he was the Queer Collective lead organizer for ‘IDAHOBIT’ and ‘Wear It Purple’ day celebrations for 3 years - Jay created the stunning ‘Sea of Hearts’ Community Art Installation which grew with each incarnation and returns even more spectacular this year for the 2019 Newcastle Pride Festival.

Jay’s background is in the Human Services / Education – particularly delivering Election events and is people focused with everything he does.

He is super excited to be part of the Newcastle Pride team and focused on building community, belonging and pride for all!

ED ABBOTT (ORDINARY COMMITTEE MEMBER - MEDIA & SPONSORSHIP)

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!


Newcastle Pride respectfully acknowledges that our celebrations are held on the traditional Lands of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples. Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.