Liverpool Pride would like to announce that after 5 incredible years, Lucy Day is stepping down as Chair of the charity.
In this time, Lucy has lead the charity through some very trying times, but also the highs of our most recent festivals at St. George's Quarter.
Due to personal reasons, Lucy is no longer able to act in the capacity of Chair, but will remain on the Board of Trustees as her passion for what Liverpool Pride and its continued work stands for remains as strong as ever.
Stepping into Lucy's undeniably successful shoes are Trustees Andi Herring and John Bird, who will work together as Co-Chairs moving into the 2018 festival and beyond.
Lucy reflected: “It has been an absolute honour to be Chair of Liverpool Pride for the last five years. I've had the pleasure of working with some amazing volunteers, organisations and partners from across the city and beyond.
A huge thank you to everyone who has made this role so enjoyable and has supported Liverpool Pride over the years.
I'm delighted to be passing the mantle over to John and Andi who both bring a lot of experience and passion to the role.”
Andi has worked alongside Pride since 2015 when he was Chair of Stanley Street Quarter CIC, the group which brought in the rainbow adorned street signs within Liverpool's Gay Quarter, marking it as one of the first cities in the world to recognise their LGBT+ community in this way; before officially becoming a Trustee of the charity prior to 2017's festival.
Andi said: "Being part of both the highs and lows of organising such a large event has shown me how amazing our team of volunteers are. I am looking forward to being able to continue Lucy's great work in shaping this, as well as working with the Board to ensure Liverpool Pride can support the LGBT+ community all year round."
With a background in media, John hopes to bring his expertise to support Liverpool Pride tell its story as we look towards the 10th anniversary of Michael Causer's passing due to a homophobic hate crime this year, and 2019 being the 10th year of the current Liverpool Pride movement.
John commented: "It is very sad to see Lucy step down, she is an individual I have looked up to in my time at Liverpool Pride since 2016 when I first came on board as Volunteer Social Media Manager. However, I am excited to take on the challenge in starting a new chapter for Liverpool Pride alongside Andi, and Lucy, with the rest of the Board, have been very supportive regarding this transition."
Liverpool Pride's 2018 festival is moving into its final stages of preparation, and we cannot wait to announce all that we have planned for #AllTogetherNow. We hope that you join us in supporting Andi & John, and the Board of Trustees, as they continue to drive Pride forward in our incredible city.
Keep an eye on all upcoming news at www.liverpoolpride.co.uk.
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