Trustees

  • DR. Daragh McDermott
    DR. Daragh McDermott Chair
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    Dr Daragh McDermott is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the Department of Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge). In his day job, Daragh teaches Social Psychology, the Psychology of Sexuality and Psychological Research methods as well as holding responsibility for the Department’s curriculum and student issues. Daragh’s area of research focusses on prejudice directed towards sexual and gender minorities with a particular emphasis on how to promote positive attitudes towards LGBT people.

    Daragh has been a trustee of The Kite Trust since 2014 and became Chair of the Board in November 2015. In his spare time Daragh enjoys travel and adventure sports such as kayaking and scuba diving.

  • Anna Marsden
    Anna Marsden Secretary
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    Anna lives and works in Cambridge with her wife, Anna. They run award winning Luminescence, a communications agency creating the highest quality and best performing communications for professional services.

    With a social conscience and a passion for sharing and exchanging knowledge, Anna has previously worked in the charity and public sectors in inner-city London and trained volunteers, council workers, and local and Metropolitan police officers.

    Anna has been a trustee for The Kite Trust since 2013 and can be found exploring Cambridge by bike, sampling a pint of Doombar, or hankering for a spot of off-piste skiing and downhill biking in the mountains.

  • Chris Stening
    Chris Stening

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    Chris Stening is Consumer Director of CityFibre where he is responsible for leading the strategic, operational and commercial development of Fibre to the Home (FTTH).

    Chris was recognised in the Top 100 OutStanding leaders in 2014, 2015 & 2016 in the Financial Times. As the founder Executive Sponsor of the O2 UK LGBT network, he has also been a Trustee of Cambridge based Charity, the Kite Trust since early 2016.

    Chris has a first class BA Honours in Business Studies from the University of Hertfordshire and CIM Diploma in Marketing. He is married to Alastair, has two daughters and his hobbies include Cycling, Swimming and Classic Cars.

  • Sarah Brown
    Sarah Brown

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    Sarah is a long-time campaigner for transgender equality, and previously served on Cambridge City Council, where she was responsible for leisure, arts and community services. She has campaigned for improvements to healthcare for transgender people, and for reform of equalities legislation, to better protect LGBT+ people in law. She is working with Stonewall as a member of their Trans Advisory Group. She is a step mother to her same-sex partner’s three children.

  • Loic Menzies
    Loic Menzies

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    Loic Menzies is Director of LKMco and has worked in education and youth research, evaluation and policy for the last eight years. He is author of numerous high profile publications and frequently works with policy makers and practitioners to communicate the implications of research and to support practice across the youth sector, particularly with vulnerable or disadvantaged young people.

    Loic has previously been a teacher, youth worker and tutor for Canterbury Christ Church’s Faculty of Education. He began working with young people as a teenager when he was a youth worker for Cambridge City Council and the charity Changemakers. He then moved into schools, eventually joining the senior leadership team of St. George’s R.C School in North West London where he became Head of History and Social Sciences. During his time there, St. George’s overcame its turbulent history and became the country’s fifth most improved school. He founded LKMco in 2009 which has subsequently become the UK’s leading education and youth ‘think and action-tank’.

  • Juliet Snell
    Juliet Snell

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    Juliet has worked in the Voluntary and Community for almost 30 years, in front line and leadership roles. She has experience of supporting people of all ages with issues of poverty, homelessness, disability and mental ill health. She now runs a consultancy supporting organisations to better listen to their communities and so make strategic decisions that enable change for good in society.

  • Tom Phillips
    Tom Phillips Treasurer

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    Tom studied at Cambridge before training as a chartered accountant and tax advisor for a Big 4 firm. After tiring of tax returns, he now works with fast-growing businesses to help them reach their growth goals. In particular, this focusses on international trade and overseas expansion, with a lot of travel across the UK, Europe and the US. Outside of work, he spends too much time playing video games (Overwatch, Assassins Creed) and doing exercise, as well as continually attempting to learn German and trying to read at least one book a week. He grew up in Sussex, Cheshire and Norfolk, but has lived in Cambridge for most of the last 8 years (with a brief stint in London).

  • Niamh McNabb
    Niamh McNabb Trustee
  • Ed Cearns, MA hons, PGCE
    Ed Cearns, MA hons, PGCE Trustee
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    As child of the 80’s, Ed grew up in a polarised and deeply homophobic society.  Whilst he admired the trailblazers it would be some years before he felt confident to stand up himself.  Ed is now driven to empower people to be themselves and achieve their potential and he sees the work of The Kite Trust as critical to support LGBT young people in doing so.

    After first-hand experience in the secondary school RE classroom, Ed has since gained extensive experience in public sector consultancy and excellent local knowledge gained from 7 years working in local government and most recently as a County Councillor from 2013 to 2017.

    As a Councillor, Ed found expression and focus for his long term passion for social justice and equality.  After just a couple of weeks as a  Councillor whilst in a diversity training session, Ed was shocked by comments shared by some senior councillors. They were being shown the results of a groundbreaking survey of young people: looking at the correlation between sexual identity, gender, physical and mental health. Somebody interjected ‘I wouldn’t want my son being asked questions like that’.  Almost involuntarily, he found himself with heart pounding, standing on his feet, ‘I think you may find in that situation it is less about what you may want and more about what your son may need’.  That sentence changed his life.

    Within minutes he found himself on the Council’s Diversity Group, then within weeks,  was attending the premiere of a new diversity film for Primary Schools and within the year  was honoured to be asked to help the launch the film in Cambridgeshire.

    Ed spearheaded a campaign to fly the rainbow flag.   To celebrate this he orchestrated a human rainbow outside Shire Hall and partnered with the Cambridge light festival E-luminate transforming County Hall with the rainbow colours for LGBT History Month.   As a Councillor he also worked alongside faith groups to his position on SACRE (RE Curriculum Board) and has worked with Stonewall and CREDS (Cambridgeshire Race, Equality and Diversity Service) to publish a pioneering new guide for RE teachers navigating the issues of gender and sexual identity.

  • Ellie Devries
    Ellie Devries Trustee
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