LEE-ANNE MCDOUGALL (FOUNDER, PRESIDENT & FESTIVAL COORDINATOR)
Lee is a proud Awabakal woman who grew up in Newcastle and has had extensive experiences in the LGBTIQA+ community, beginning as a Committee member of Rainbow Visions Inc committee from 2004 – 2010.
Lee was involved in a number of significant community projects, amongst many, creating “Mixed fruits in suits” and the annual Winter Ball held at the Newcastle City Hall. Lee passionately believes in equality for all and that Pride groups, safe spaces, festivals and events are vital in regional and rural areas for all LGBTIQA+ people and for the future of our youth.
In March 2018 it became clear to Lee there was a lack of venues, safe spaces and events in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter for the LGBTIQA+ community, leaving people feeling socially isolated and unsupported.
Lee felt it was the right time to launch Newcastle Pride, to provide our community with a sense of belonging and safe inclusive spaces to celebrate equality, diversity and our fabulous culture.
Newcastle Pride welcomes everyone who has a genuine interest in ensuring that everyone is treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status and their own individuality.
Freedom to be me | This is me.
JAMIE MACKEE (SECRETARY)
Jamie has worked in theatre, tertiary education, public service and not-for-profit sector for many years In Australia, South and Southeast Asia.
Currently, he is working at the University of Newcastle as an academic in the School of Architecture and Built Environment. In this role he has actively created an inclusive environment for LGBITQA+ students in his courses, not hiding the fact that he is gay and providing a space for self-expression. As an academic he is an UON ALLY member to support LGBTIQA+ students.
Jamie is passionate about LGBITQA+ issues and truly believes community based organisations such as Newcastle Pride play an important role to ensure there are safe places and avenues for expression and pride for all generations of our community.
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 - EVENT, ENTERTAINMENT & YOUTH PRIDE TRIBE 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.
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.
EMMA FRASER (ORDINARY COMMITTEE MEMBER - VOLUNTEER AND EVENT COORDINATOR)
Emma has worked in the non-profit sector for over 13 years and has a passion to advocate for persons with disability to have access to community in a safe and inclusive space regardless of their sexuality, gender identity or disability.
Emma has previously been an event coordinator for Darwin Pride, and a member for City of Darwin (Council) Disability Advisory Committee.
Emma also facilitated a woman's social group in Northern Territory for LGBTI+ ladies and their allies to come together and meet new friends and enjoy a variety of different social activities with like-minded people
Emma looks forward to being a part of Newcastle Pride and contributing to its growth recognition of disability inclusion.
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)
(ORDINARY COMMITTEE MEMBER) TBA