20 years on from founding AKT with Hugh Fell and other close friends and colleagues Cath is still involved and committed to the Trust. Besides acting as an advisor to the current Chief Executive she also supports many AKT events through. A foster carer for many years, Cath has also been involved in many other causes, including Manchester Parents Group: which supports parents of LGBT young people.
Asked why she first set up the trust Cath says:
"I just couldn't believe what these kids had been through. They had been let down by the whole system. We had to do something ourselves, no one else would."
Cath Hall speaks to trustee Fraser Woodward about her memories of those times and what has been achieved since. Click HERE to read the interview.
One of Britain’s best loved actors, Ian McKellen is famous for film roles including The Lord of the Rings and X-Men trilogies. He also has an illustrious career in theatre and television over 50 years.
Ian was a founder member of Stonewall and has been a prominent campaigner on LGBT issues for many years. He was knighted in 1991. Commenting on his new role as an AKT patron, Ian McKellen said: “I have been an admiring supporter of the Albert Kennedy Trust, ever since I met its staff in Manchester in 1988. I am delighted now to become one of its patrons. All LGBT young people have the right to live in accepting, supportive and caring homes. The relevance of AKT, and the positive service it provides, is as great now as it ever has been. I urge those of you who are able, to join me in supporting the Trust in every way you can, particularly at this time of great need.” More information on Ian McKellen and his work can be found on his website at www.mckellen.com.
Television producer, entrepreneur and politician. Following several years as a consultant in the City, Alli began a career in television with partner Charlie Parsons forming 24 Hour Productions, later Planet 24 productions. Alli was made a Life Peer in 1998, being created Baron Alli of Norbury in the London Borough of Croydon. Aged 33 he became the first openly gay peer in Parliament.
He has served on the Board of The Teacher Training Agency, The Foreign Office, panel 2000 and the Government’s Creative Industries Task Force. He is active in The House of Lords where he takes a particular interest in issues concerning equality, poverty and education.
Agreeing to be AKT’s first patron in 2002, Lord Alli said, “Being a teenager isn’t easy and it’s particularly difficult for vulnerable and socially excluded members of our community. The Albert Kennedy Trust offers young gay men, lesbians and bisexuals a unique and targeted service. My first task as Patron will be to support plans to extend these services across the UK, to help the increasing number of young people contacting the Trust.”
Julie shot to fame when she first appeared in Coronation Street, portraying transsexual character, Hayley. The character was originally only intended to be short-term, as a love interest for Roy, but tremendous positive public reaction to Hayley, and her on-screen chemistry with Roy, convinced the producers to bring her back as a regular cast member in June 1998, which is a great tribute to the warmth and presence of Julie's performance.
Julie became an AKT patron in 2004 when she said, “I’m thrilled to be involved with such a worthwhile organisation, especially one that can fundamentally alter the lives of teenagers who have faced prejudice and exclusion because of their sexuality. With its unique and targeted service, The Albert Kennedy Trust offers support to those most vulnerable and I want to increase awareness for the Trust."
Charlie is a former Guardian columnist, gay rights activist, philanthropist and actor who is best known for his role as sonographer, Marcus Dent, in the British soap opera, Coronation Street.
He has had a wide and varied film and television career, including guest appearances in 'Gimme, Gimme, Gimme', a cameo role as one of the elves in 'Fred Claus' and appearing in the film 'Good' with Viggo Mortensen. Leaving Coronation Street in 2008, Condou returned three years later in 2011, with his character, Marcus, developing significantly and becoming hugely popular with the public.
Charlie is a Patron, role model, supporter and volunteer to many LGBT and diversity organisations as well as an advocate of same-sex parenting. He is a welcome addition to our illustrious list of patrons and, as with all our fantastic patrons and supporters, we are proud to have him as part of the AKT family.
Linda is Managing Director of the Diversity publishing and events company Square Peg Media (SPM). SPM produces established titles and guides that service the LGBT community, such as monthly publications Out in the City and g3 magazine. SPM also produces specialised diversity events such as European Diversity Awards, Opportunities for Women, the Alternative Parenting Show and the Diversity Careers Show.
Linda is co-founder and trustee of the Inclusive Foundation, an independent grant-making organisation providing grants, advice and assistance to charitable and voluntary organisations working in equality, diversity and inclusion across the UK and Europe.
Linda has always been a champion of LGBT equality, even more so since the birth of her twin daughters. She understands the pressure of being a gay parent and has been instrumental in creating guides and exhibitions that make it easier for LGBT people to live their lives without the fear of discrimination.
Dan is a singer songwriter, best known for being the lead vocalist and a guitarist in the British pop band The Feeling.
He is a graduate of the famous Brit School as well as the University of Westminster with a B.A. in Commercial Music and as such is a strong and successful UK music artist. He has co-written several songs with the likes of Sophie Ellis Bextor and pop producer Ian Masterson, including the theme tune to the, GLAAD award nominated, BBC comedy drama series 'Beautiful People'.
Dan has a great knowledge and appreciation of LGBT issues and rights, in part due to his mother’s involvement with the LGBT Disability Charity, Regard. Though, in his own right Dan is a well known and hard working LGBT champion, having already been a highly active and visible supporter for the Albert Kennedy Trust for the past three years.
Based in Northumberland Ellen was Patron of Outpost Housing North East before becoming an Albert Kennedy Trust Patron following the merger in 2013.
Before she penned her first novel Ellen wrote features for national magazines and regional newspapers, and remains active in local journalism.
Ellen writes screenplays including The Icing On The Cake, Fore Play (The Bunker) and The Wedding With A difference. She has several Works in Progress including: Beyond Midnight - the sequel to Beautiful Strangers; Vampire Farmer - a Penny Farthing Mystery plus photographic books and she will be adding to her series of Quotes books.
Ellen is a radio presenter and the owner of Cheeky Monkey Productions, an independent film company.
If you are a public figure who would like to use your influence to help raise public awareness of AKT and LGBT youth homelessness, please contact our Chief Executive, Tim Sigsworth to find out the many ways in which you could support our work email@example.com