The faces of Oxford Pride
The team at Oxford Pride is formed of a number committed unpaid volunteers in a variety of roles.
Want to join the team?
We are always on the lookout for people to help throughout the year, we particularly welcome applications from trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming people, people of colour, and people with disabilities, who are often underrepresented on Pride organising committees.
If you can commit some time to help shape the future of your pride, take a look at our vacancies.
Directors & Trustees
The Directors & Trustees decide the strategy, policies and overall direction of Oxford Pride Group Ltd work within the budget, legal and statutory framework and other relevant funding criteria set. The Board will also be responsible for monitoring the performance of the Management Committee in delivering the legitimate decisions of the Board.
Debbie was previously Chair of Oxford Pride in 2019 and currently serves as VP of Member Services for InterPride. She works with Witney Pride and other local new Prides to help put on events locally. She is a specialist IT Trainer working with people with disabilities with a charity background including fundraising and social media.
Paul joined Oxford Pride as a Non-Executive Director in 2016. He was later Chair in 2018. Whilst he was Chair the Oxford Bus Company Pride bus hit our city’s streets helping to increase our visibility throughout Oxford and the county.
Paul has worked in the hospitality and aviation industries and specifically within the Finance, Treasury, Procurement and Legal functions.
Its Paul’s role to manage our money. In consultation with the team Paul makes sure realistic budgets are set and that we understand how our money is earnt and spent.
Mazz was elected as Oxford Pride’s first female Chair in 2007. She founded the Oxford Pride Parade in 2008 then collaborated with local groups and organisations to expand Pride Day into an annual Arts & Culture Festival to better reflect the diversity and unique qualities of Oxford. She helped in Oxford Pride becoming a registered charity in 2013, with the relocation of the event to Paradise St in 2015 and the expansion of Pride Day into Leiden Sq in 2019. Mazz is a portrait and event photographer, graphic designer and human rights advocate.
I've been involved in LGBTQIA campaigns since the clause 28 campaigns of the 1980s. I was lucky enough to be the first-ever chair of Oxford Pride and could not be prouder of those who have grown what we started beyond any of our expectations. It’s truly dynamic. I've come back as a Non-Exec Director, committed to seeing that we support and expand the diversity we've sought to build. I'm so aware so many parts of our community, notably our trans siblings, are still fighting battles others have already won.
Officers implement the Boards legitimate decisions and to manage on a day-to-day basis the affairs of the Charity, within the budgets, legal and statutory framework and other relevant criteria set.
William is a community worker and new to the Oxford Pride team! With a passion for Queer resistance and creative expression, they look forward to expanding engagement across Oxfordshire's diverse LGBTQIA+ communities.
Brad, born and raised in Oxfordshire, first joined the Oxford Pride committee in 2017. Also known as Drag Queen Lady B on the weekends, he first performed that year and subsequently joined the committee as Entertainment Officer for 2018, and then again in 2019. He is now back in the position for a third year.
Michelle is a proud Oxford townie. After studying in Winchester, the US and Leicester, she returned to teach at The Cherwell School. Michelle believes strongly in intersectional social justice and equality; which has led to her being an active trade unionist as part of Oxfordshire NASUWT-The teachers union. After her 4 years as the first Black, queer woman NASUWT President she is now in post as the 2022/23 Honorary Treasurer. Michelle also sits on the TUC General Council, LGBTI Committee, Black workers committee and Women's committee.
Fundraising & Sponsorship Officer
Rob first became involved with Oxford Pride fundraising for the inaugural event, and in the fifth year celebrations served in his first term as Chair. He rejoined the committee in 2014 again as Director and Chair, during this time the event was moved to the Oxford Castle Quarter, bringing the event into the heart of the city. After a three year stint, Rob, stepped down to pursue other projects. Now one of the owners of the Jolly Farmers, Rob returns to the Committee as Fundraising and Sponsorship Officer, to help the team make the 20th Anniversary extra special.
I've lived in Oxford all my life and have been involved with Pride here off and on for the last six years. I work for the University of Oxford and am involved with several Equality, Diversity and Inclusion working groups, within my department and in the Medical Sciences Division. I'm very happy to be the Volunteer Officer for Pride 2022 and look forward to recruiting people who want to build on the successes of our previous events. Let me know if you're excited for next year and want to get involved!
Sir Ian Mckellan CH CBE
Sir Ian McKellen CH CBE is an English actor. His career spans six decades, having performed in genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. Ian has been open about his sexuality since 1988, and continues to champion LGBT social movements worldwide.
Paul O'Grady MBE
Paul O'Grady MBE is an English comedian, television presenter, actor, writer, radio host, producer, and former drag queen. He achieved notability in the London gay scene during the 1980s with his drag queen persona Lily Savage, with which he went mainstream in the 1990s.
Lord Waheed Ali
Lord Waheed Alli is a media entrepreneur and politician. He is the co-creator of the television series Survivor and has held executive positions at several television production companies including the Endemol Shine Group, Carlton Television Productions, Planet 24, and Chorion.
Angela Eagle DBE MP
Dame Angela Eagle DBE is a British Labour Party politician serving as the Member of Parliament for Wallasey since 1992. Eagle was born in Yorkshire and studied PPE at the University of Oxford, before working for the CBI and then a trade union.
Peter Tatchell is a British human rights campaigner, originally from Australia, best known for his work with LGBT social movements. Tatchell was selected as the Labour Party's parliamentary candidate for Bermondsey in 1981.
Clare Summerskill is an independent academic researcher who has recently completed her PhD at Royal Holloway University of London in the Drama department. She is chair and co-founder of the UK's Oral History Society LGBTQ Special Interest Group. She is also a playwright, stand-up and singer-songwriter
Lord Michael Cashman CBE
Lord Michael Cashman CBE is a British politician, LGBT rights activist and actor. He was a Labour Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands constituency from 1999 until he stood down in 2014. He has since been appointed to the House of Lords. In September 2014, Cashman was appointed Labour's special envoy on LGBT issues worldwide. He resigned from the Labour Party in May 2019 in opposition to Brexit, and offered his support to the Liberal Democrats.