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.

JAY BELLAMY (SECRETARY)

Jay has been involved in delivering LGBTIQ 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 returned even more spectacular for the 2019 Newcastle Pride Fair Day.

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!

CLARA STACKPOOL (TREASURER)

Coming Soon.

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 COORDINATOR)

Jay has been involved in delivering LGBTIQ 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 returned even more spectacular for the 2019 Newcastle Pride Fair Day.

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 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)

I have 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. I have 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. I also came from a performing background which I feel is beneficial in assisting with putting events together and creating safe community spaces.

MATTHEW SNEDDON (ORDINARY COMMITTEE MEMBER - VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR)

Coming Soon.

PREVIOUS COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF NEWCASTLE PRIDE INC

Geoff Macfarlane (2019 Secretary)
Debbie Hansen (2019 Treasurer)
Sally Franco (2019 Ordinary Committee Member - Policy)
Tory Curran (2019-2020 Secretary)
Joshua Yelds (2019-2020 Treasurer)

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.