Our People

Senior Team

  • Ruth Hunt Chief Executive

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Ruth is Chief Executive, having worked in senior positions at Stonewall since 2011. Ruth has overseen the rapid growth of Stonewall’s public affairs and education teams as well developing the infrastructure of Stonewall Scotland and Stonewall Cymru. She has successfully led the development of the organisation’s groundbreaking policy, campaigning and research outputs both here and abroad.

Ruth attended St. Hilda’s College, Oxford where she studied English and was elected President of Oxford Student Union. Prior to Stonewall, Ruth worked at the Equality Challenge Unit where she led work advising Higher Education Institutions on sexual orientation and gender identity equality. Ruth is a Marshall Memorial Fellow, and has received Honorary degrees from Keele University and Cardiff University (2015).  

In 2013, Ruth was voted the fifth most influential LGBT person in Britain in The Independent’s Pink List. 

  • Cathryn Wright Managing Director

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Cathryn is the Managing Director and responsible for Stonewall’s operational, fundraising and business development functions.  She also leads on Stonewall’s business planning and strategy development alongside the Chief Executive and the board.

Cathryn originally trained as a chartered accountant and insolvency practitioner. She moved to a career in the voluntary sector a decade ago and has held senior finance and operations positions in several charities including Contact a Family and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Cathryn is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Trustees

  • Jan Gooding (Chair)

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Jan is the group brand director at Aviva, the sixth largest insurance group in the world operating in 15 markets with 33 million customers.

Previous marketing roles have included working at British Gas and BT, and she also co-founded two successful marketing consultancies; antennae and BLUEdOOR, with clients ranging from Diageo and Barrett Developments to Unilever.

Jan is a Fellow of the Marketing Society, a member of WACL (Women in Advertising and Communication London), is a regular judge for industry awards and was ranked 21 in Top 50 Outstanding in Business list published in the FT in October 2013.

  • Katie Cornhill

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Katie is a station manager for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service where she has worked predominantly in response and fire safety roles for 17 years, including a national role with the Chief fire Officers Association. She is currently seconded to the Fire Service College in Gloucestershire where she heads up the Prevention, Protection and Safety function.

Before being fortunate to gain employment with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Katie served for 6 years in Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.

Katie is currently the chair of the recently founded UK Fire and Rescue Service LGBT+ staff support network, QUILTBAG.

She has been a keen advocate of Stonewall for a number of years and has enthusiastically supported as a popular role model.

  • Sheldon Mills

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Sheldon is the Senior Director of Mergers at the Competition and Markets Authority where he is responsible for UK merger control enforcement.  He is a qualified solicitor and prior to joining the CMA he practiced law at King & Wood Mallesons counselling a range of UK and international clients in antitrust and competition law. 

Sheldon holds undergraduate and postgraduate law degrees from King’s College, London and was born and raised in Cardiff, Wales. 

  • Shona Milne

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Shona is a retired Accountant whose career included being Chief Financial Officer for EMEA at Deutsche Bank where she worked for 25 years. She now sits on the Board of a number of charities and Community Interest Companies and is a co-Vice Chair of Regent's University in London.

She has been an ambassador for Stonewall for a number of years. She was co Chair of the Deutsche Bank LGBT network Pride and a member of the European Diversity Council and active in the Women's network.

  • Phyll Opoku-Gyimah

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Phyll is co-founder and Executive Director of UK Black Pride. She has also been named in the Independent's Rainbow List as one of the top 100 most influential Lesbian, Gay, Bi Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) people.

A Civil Servant by profession, Phyll took a job in the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Trade Union where she started off trailblazing as the only Black female lead negotiator within the Law and Justice bargaining areas, then got promotion to become Head of Equality, Health & Safety. In 2013 Phyll was appointed as the Head of Campaigns and Parliamentary Affairs.

Phyll’s commitment to workplace equality and social justice has secured her a seat on the TUC LGBT Committee and TUC Race Relations Committee. Phyll is also a board member of Justice for Gay Africans which focuses on Human Rights, Equal Rights, challenging racism and discrimination

  • Lisa Pinney

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Lisa is Area Manager for Staffordshire, Warwickshire and West Midlands at the Environment Agency, where she has worked in numerous operational and national roles for 17 years and is Executive Champion for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender diversity. Lisa is a Chartered Waste Manager and a Chartered Environmentalist.

Lisa was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to equality in the workplace in the 2014 New Years Honours List.

  • Oliver Rowe

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Oliver is co-founder of Belong, a communications agency that creates employee engagement campaigns for some of the UK’s leading businesses.  

Prior to Belong, Oliver spent seven years at the creative agency BDA, where he founded and ran BDA’s communication division. 

Oliver is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and regularly chairs award juries for EVCOM, the Event and Visual Communications Association.

  • Tim Toulmin

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Tim is the founder and Managing Director of Alder Media, a London-based agency specialising in crisis PR and issues management. He is a director of travel PR firm MyTravelPressOffice and a Specialist Partner of Pagefield Communications. He is also a Trustee of the charity Parents and Abducted Children Together.

Between 2004-2009 he was the Director of the Press Complaints Commission, where he started his career in 1996 after graduating from Peterhouse, Cambridge with a degree in History.

 


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