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Chair and Treasurer Manchester Pride

Manchester Pride is one of the UK's leading LGBTQ+ charities and is a part of the global Pride movement, championing equality and challenging discrimination in all aspects of its work. This is an opportunity to join and help lead the board of Manchester Pride and support the charity in realising its vision of a world in which all LGBTQ+ people are free to live and love without prejudice.

  • Location: Manchester
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 5th September 2022

Manchester Pride is a charity that campaigns for the equality of those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning and all other sexual and gender identities (“LGBTQ+”). We create opportunities which engage LGBTQ+ communities, empowering people to thrive in Greater Manchester and beyond.

We are dedicated to promoting and raising awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in the fight for equality. Since our founding in 2003, we have donated over £1.5m to LGBTQ+ causes across Greater Manchester and have otherwise supported LGBTQ+ groups, events, artists and cultural initiatives. We campaign for LGBTQ+ issues and fight against homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and all forms of hate and discrimination.

Our work supports, empowers, and enriches LGBTQ+ community groups and enables us to platform and amplify the voices of LGBTQ+ people of all ages.

We work with a range of organisations, from grassroots LGBTQ+ groups and charities to large employers who demonstrate a commitment to our values in order to advance our mission of fighting against discrimination and empowering our communities. We help organisations develop everything from policies and procedures to education and training for their workforce to ensure that they are being truly inclusive.

The iconic Manchester Pride Festival takes place every August across the city of Manchester. It is one of the longest running Pride events in the UK and attracts thousands of people to the city and its world famous Gay Village each year. The Festival includes the parade, events for families and LGBTQ+ youth, the human rights forum and a variety of performers and cultural events. The culmination of the Festival is the Candlelit Vigil; a space, reminder, and memorial of those who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS. In the home of the Alan Turing Memorial, the National Transgender Memorial and the Beacon of Hope, Sackville Gardens in the heart of the Gay Village, are transformed into a sea of flickering candles to close Manchester Pride.

We join with our communities and other LGBTQ+ organisations to fight the ongoing epidemic and the stigma that still exists.

Like many LGBTQ+ organisations we experienced a number of challenges in 2021. In response we have listened to our communities and embraced the principle of co-production of our events in order to make Manchester Pride as inclusive and as reflective of our communities as possible. We are and have always strived to do and be better and most recently we conducted the Pride in our Future Consultation to help build a better Manchester Pride.

This is an incredibly exciting time to join the Board of Manchester Pride as we enter a new phase of implementing change, putting our communities at the heart of our decision-making and event co-production. We are working hard to create further opportunities and spaces for our communities, implementing a new grant giving policy and process, and centring the annual Festival around our campaigning roots.

This is a transformational and vital time to be a part of the Board, as we return to pre-pandemic event activity and continue building on our legacy as being one of the leading LGBTQ+ charities in the UK.


As our current Chair, Paul Wheeler, comes to the end of his term this year, we are looking for a successor Chair to help lead our organisation through the next stage of its development.

We are looking for:

  • Someone who is strategic, supportive, inclusive and who has a passion for and a deep understanding of the issues faced by LGBTQ+ communities.
  • An enthusiastic champion and ambassador for the charity.
  • An inspiring leader for a professional Board and able to help performance manage an experienced executive.
  • An understanding and connection to the Greater Manchester region is imperative.
  • Detailed knowledge and experience of governance and the operation of a high-performing Board is essential.
  • Prior leadership experience is highly desired.


We are also looking for a new Treasurer to join us.

We are looking for:

  • A professional with a recognised accountancy qualification.
  • Someone who will champion our organisation.
  • A strategic, commercial individual who will offer support and challenge to our Board and executive team.
  • Someone who is committed and dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ communities.
  • Our new Treasurer must be passionate about our mission and the impact our charity achieves every day.

We are keen that our Board represents the diversity of our region, and we encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds and experiences including LGBTQ+, those with disabilities, those from ethnic minority backgrounds and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

The Board typically meets four times a year in the evening for circa three hours. The Chair will also sit on the Finance and Risk and Performance and Governance Committees which each meet quarterly for circa two hours. We estimate that the time commitment for the Chair will be circa 2 days per month. Our new Treasurer will chair the Finance and Risk Committee. We expect the time commitment for Treasurer to be approximately 1-2 days per month.

This is an opportunity at a key stage, in not just our development as a charity, but at a key time in our society.

It is an opportunity to lead an organisation that is trying to ensure we break stereotypes and stigmas, that our communities are heard and that we stand together, proud in our city, celebrating LGBTQ+ equality and challenging discrimination.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497

Erica Ritchie | erica@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 078220


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About Manchester Pride

Manchester Pride is one of the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ charities.

The Manchester Pride Festival is our flagship event and takes over the city every year across the August bank holiday weekend in celebration of LGBTQ+ life. It is one of the longest running Pride events in the country and attracts thousands of people to the city, and in particular, to its Gay Village each year.

The Festival is made up of:

  • The Superbia Weekend, a culturally rich celebration of LGBTQ+ arts; the Gay Village Party.
  • Manchester Pride Parade, a celebration and a protest which features various charities, groups and organisations, as well as representative floats from the ten metropolitan boroughs of Greater Manchester.
  • Youth Pride MCR, a unique event that creates a space for young people aged 14+.
  • Family Pride, a programme of activities centred around fun, wellness and learning for young families.
  • The Human Rights Forum, a space that brings together prominent activists and thought-leaders to discuss the challenges that continue to face LGBTQ+ communities today.
  • The Candlelit Vigil, at which we remember those who sadly lost their lives to HIV/AIDS and as a reminder of the ongoing fight for equality.

Alongside our iconic festival, Manchester Pride runs several initiatives that support all areas of LGBTQ+ life; from the Manchester Pride Conference which educates attendees on LGBTQ+ topics and issues, to the All-Equals Charter advocating LGBTQ+ inclusivity in the workplace. We also give grants to organisations to support, empower, develop and enrich LGBTQ+ community groups, and give a platform to people of all ages.

Since 2003, we have raised over £1.5m for LGBTQ+ good causes across Greater Manchester. The Manchester Pride Community Fund raises essential funds to help our communities, and every penny donated goes directly to supporting LGBTQ+ causes and projects across the region. These grants help support work on HIV stigma, mental and sexual health, those with disabilities, QTIPOC and the trans community, as well as prioritising grassroots networks and local LGBTQ+ and HIV charities and organisations.

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Manchester Pride is committed to being at the forefront of progress in regards to accessibility and aims to give everyone an equal opportunity to be involved with the organisation and its work towards creating a world where people can live and love without prejudice.

We would happily do our best to provide any accessibility provisions required for the team the Board of Trustees.

Some examples of the accessibility provisions we already have in place include:

  • Step free access to the building and all key meeting rooms
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interview
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted

Manchester Pride considers EDI as incredibly important as it goes hand in hand with its fight for equality. We employ an EDI expert who leads on our All Equals Charter initiative which supports outside organisations with their Equity, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion progress.

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners

    Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497

    Erica Ritchie | erica@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 078220

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 5th September 2022
    Shortlist meeting and candidates informed of outcome: Friday 9th September or Monday 12th September
    Interviews: w/c Monday 19th September 2022


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