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Stonewall welcomes new trustees

  • Stonewall appoints four new trustees to its board

  • New trustees come from diverse range of backgrounds

  • Stonewall’s Chair Jan Gooding says new members will be ‘vital’ to ‘increase the depth and reach of Stonewall’s work’

Stonewall, the UK’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality, today announces the appointment of four new trustees to its board.

The new trustees were recruited in line with charity best practice, after a skills audit of Stonewall’s existing board and through an open recruitment process.

The new trustees, who were confirmed at the board meeting on Tuesday 5 February, are:

Reeha Alder

Reeha is a Digital Marketing Leader who has worked both client and agency-side, overseeing the digital customer experience for global FTSE 100 businesses. Reeha also leads a coaching practice for individuals from BAME and low social mobility backgrounds.

Michele Oliver

Michele is the Global Corporate Brand & Purpose Director for Mars Chocolate UK. Michele is a passionate supporter of diversity in business and has worked on enhancing Mars’ reputation in purpose, inclusion and ethical marketing.

Andrew Pakes

Andrew is the deputy secretary at the science and engineering trade union, Prospect. Andrew started his career as President of the National Union of Students (NUS), where he developed his passion for education and equalities work and led the union’s work around the equalisation of the age of consent.

Meri Williams

Meri is the Chief Technology Officer at the mobile-first challenger bank, Monzo. Meri was formerly the Chief Technology Officer at MOO, the award-winning online print & design company.

Stonewall Chair Jan Gooding said: ‘We’re thrilled to welcome our new group of trustees to the board. Their extensive experience and diverse range of specialisms and skills will be invaluable in guiding Stonewall’s work moving forward.

‘As Stonewall turns 30 this year, we want to both celebrate the progress made towards making life better for LGBT people in Britain, but also focus our efforts on the very real challenges ahead. These include reform of the Gender Recognition Act and making sure the rights we’ve fought for don’t slip backwards in these uncertain times. The expertise and knowledge of our new board members will be vital as we continue to increase the depth and reach of Stonewall’s work at home and abroad.’