Ciara (she/her) is a junior doctor currently based in Belfast, with dreams of eventually working in both the clinical environment and in medical education. She has a particular interest in combating LGBTQ+ health inequalities and ways of improving the relationship between LGBTQ+ patients and the NHS. 2023 is her third year as Chair/Co-Chair after working on the GLADD committee for the past few years developing educational resources, teaching and organising socials. Over lockdown she started the very successful Women’s Group and Book Club.
She is also 5’4", rather hilarious and enjoys a good beer.
Kit (he/him) is a GP in the Cotswolds. 2023 sees him take on the role of Co-Chair having been part of the Advisory Group for the past 4 years, working on the mentoring programme, rebranding and website. He is particularly interested in medical education and health inequalities, hoping this year to strengthen GLADD's networking and activism. In his spare time Kit can be found gardening, at festivals and trying to make drinkable home wine.
Tom (he/him) is a F1 based at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth. He’s a relatively new member to GLADD and steps into the role of Secretary having worked in this position for a different charity in the past. He was a Police Officer before retraining in medicine and is looking to specialise as a GP.
He is particularly interested in working with partners & other agencies to widen and strengthen GLADD's networking & activism. In his spare time Tom can be found playing rugby, cricket and sailing as well as enjoying socialising with friends & family.
Laurence (he/him) is an anaesthetic & ICU trainee working in Liverpool who is new to GLADD. Previously, he has fundraised for the Albert Kennedy Trust and was involved in HIVE Liverpool, teaching secondary school students about HIV.
Personally, he has experience with chronic health issues in training and interests in student mentorship, ED&I education and health access inequalities. Outside of work, he is a proud cat dad of two beautiful ragdolls and husband after having proposed at London Pride. On occasion he is also known to bring homemade baked goods to share with theatre nurses.
Hastie (she/her) has been working as a GP for 30 years and was also a GP trainer, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She has now decided to focus on her writing and her debut novel Dahlia and Carys was published in February 2023, propelling under-represented writing into mainstream fiction.
She aims to help GLADD liaise with publishers and other organisations to expand the visibility and understanding of minorities, reflecting that equality, diversity and inclusion are at the core of GLADD's values.
Susan (she/her) is a retired obstetrician and sexual offences doctor, emeritus professor and keyboard warrior with special interests in evidence and abuse.
She has contributed to GLADD for many years, being a co-founder Chair in the last century.
Raph (he/him) is a third-year undergraduate medical student at the University of Birmingham. Outside of medicine and LGBTQ+ activism he enjoys playing the oboe (which he studies on a music scholarship with a teacher at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire), acting & singing in musical theatre, dyeing his hair various shades of blond & silver, education & activism for students with disabilities and working with his university to improve accessibility. His interest in this stems from being a medical student with ADHD and tackling the unique challenges this presents him.
Julia (they/them) is a graduate entry medical student at the University of Warwick. Prior to medicine, they studied music at the University of Oxford and trained as a singer & organist. They are particularly interested in improving LGBTQ+ representation within medical education, as well as the intersection between disabled & LGBTQ+ identities.
Mark (he/him) is a GP in London, where he was born and raised. He trained at UCL Medical School and specialised in primary care in east London (where he lives now). He then moved into global health technology working at Babylon Health for 5 years as Digital Health Director. Now, he works for Boots Digital Health as their Men's Health Lead and LGBTQ+ Medicine Lead.
Mark is also Director of Events at Impulse London (a multinational charity supporting queer people). He is also Events Lead for Doctors In Tech (a collective of senior clinicians leading in corporate digital health transformation). When not on committees, Mark loves partying the night away at queer dance spaces. He also loves cycling, baking and all things Drag Race!
As a proud person of colour on the Advisory Committee at GLADD this year, he is keen to organise a calendar of events collaborating with other LGTBQ+ networks and improving our diversity and inclusion.
Jane (she/her) is an anaesthetic trainee working in the Yorkshire and Humber region and a new member of the committee for 2021. She is interested in using education to tackle the inequalities faced by LGBTQ+ staff in their careers and by LGBTQ+ patients in healthcare. In her spare time you may find her mountain biking, Netflix binging and trying to perfect the espresso.
Andrew (he/him) is an anaesthetist and Freedom to Speak Up Guardian at Imperial College Healthcare, London, where he is also Co-Chair of the LGBTQ+ Staff Network. He’s Professor of Practice (Anaesthesia) at Imperial College.
He is RAF Civilian Consultant Advisor in Anaesthesia and President of the Tri-Service Anaesthetic Society. A Past President of the Association of Anaesthetists, and the Anaesthetic Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, he’s a Trustee of Fighting With Pride and WFSA UK.
He is married, tweets, runs, likes holidays, chocolate & Airedales. @startle65 (for him) and @BletchleyBark (for the Airedale)
Duncan (he/him) is an Anaesthetic trainee working in Greater Manchester. Duncan was GLADD Co-Chair from 2019-2022 and continues to work on the Advisory Group. His main interests in GLADD are fine-tuning our democratic processes and working with the GMC to improve the state of healthcare for our colleagues & patients. He is also a keen educator and teaches on sexuality and gender identity at the University of Nottingham Medical School.
Outside of work Duncan loves to cook and is a bit of a board game nerd. However, his greatest passion has always been music. You will rarely find his home without some music in the background may even encounter him playing a little bit of his own on the piano.
Eleanor (they/them) is a psychiatry trainee based in Glasgow. They are interested in medical education and trans healthcare, particularly psychiatry's role in gender identity services. 2023 is their first year on the GLADD committee and they are looking forward to being more involved in the network.
In their spare time they enjoy playing the fiddle, swimming and napping with their white fluffy cat Aslan.
Bhushan is a longstanding member of GLADD who emigrated to Sydney and founded GLADD Australia in 2012. As a shadow member of the committee, Bhushan hopes to provide a voice and safe space for doctors and dentists in Australia, as well as a focal point for education, fun, discussion and activism. We are delighted to take part in this exciting collaboration and strengthen relationships with our friends & colleagues 'down under'.