The Ambassadors are volunteers who compliment our patrons and trustees; the group are well positioned and influential people who will support AKT through their networks and groups to promote The Trust.
Our ambassadors are:
Chris' first knowledge of AKT's work stems from joining his former employers LGBT networking group. AKT was their nominated charity and they undertook several fund-raising activities for us & Chris participated in helping us refurbish us London offices. He says that AKT's work & support of homeless LGBT youths inspires him greatly.
Kathryn is Director of Opportunity Now, the gender equality campaign from Business in the Community (BITC). Opportunity Now empowers employers to accelerate change for women in the workplace. She is a passionate campaigner for equality both in and outside the workplace, and has worked with numerous charities including Rape Crisis, Diversity Role Models and of course the Albert Kennedy Trust. Kathryn began working with AKT in 2007, when she volunteered as a mentor.
Steven Moore is well known from his appearances on BBC TV's Antiques Roadshow. He is a writer & art and antiques consultant.
Kate Green is Labour MP for Stretford and Urmston and shadow minister for disabled people. She was previously shadow minister for equality, and is very proud to have acted as Labour’s lead spokesperson during the parliamentary passage of the Same Sex Marriage Act.
Hugh Wright worked for several years in fundraising, with a number of prominent LGBT and sexual health charities, before a career change saw him combining his hobbies of food and writing to become communications manager for an international restaurant group. A passionate and vocal advocate for LGBT issues, Hugh was for some time a supporter of and adviser to Outpost Housing and became an AKT Ambassador following the two charities' successful merger.
Lexi Jean is a 30 year old happy male to female transsexual who enjoys life to the fullest. She represent equal rights for every sexual orientation and gender peace, unity and love, and freedom of expression.
Emmaunuel is a former young person who has gone on to represent The Albert Kennedy Trust on many occassions. Through the work of the AKT Emmanuel was able to make it to university where he is currently studying law, due to finish later this year.
Tony is the owner of Corptel and a long-term supporter of The Albert Kennedy Trust. When Tony’s parents discovered he was gay they threw him out of the only home he had ever known. The feeling of rejection and isolation is one that he shall never forget.
He always believed that it is the moral responsibility of those like himself that have been fortunate enough to become wealthy, to give back to the community.
AKT holds a special place in his heart for obvious reasons and he very flattered to be asked to be an ambassador for the trust. He pledges that each year he will try to give more back not only in money but also in any way that he can.
Lord Norton of Louth [Philip Norton] is Professor of Government at the University of Hull. When he was appointed in 1986, at the age of 35, he was the youngest professor of politics in the country. In 1992 he also became Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies. In 1998 he was elevated to the House of Lords as Lord Norton of Louth. He chaired the Conservative Party’s Commission to Strengthen Parliament, which reported in 2000, and was the first Chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution.
He is chair of the all-party group on the British Constitution and co-chair of the Parliamentary University Group and the Commission on Higher Education. He is the author or editor of 31 books, including Politics UK (now in its 8th edition), The British Polity (now in its 5th edition) and Parliament in British Politics (now in its 2nd edition). He has been described in 'The House Magazine' –the magazine of both Houses of Parliament – as "our greatest living expert on Parliament".
Baroness Barker joined the Liberal Party in 1979, when she also became a member of the Union of Liberal Students, which she chaired from 1982 to 1983. During the same year, she took membership of the Liberal Party National Executive. Liz became a member of the Federal Policy Committee in 1997, and was chair of the Liberal Democrat Federal Conference Committee. She was created a Life Peer in 1999.
Liz came out during the Second Reading of the Equal Marriage Bill in June 2013 and has gone on to support a wide range of LGBT charities.
Roger is Head of Information Management at The British Land Company, Chairs the Information and Records Management Society Property Group, sits on the AKT Fundraising Committee and Co Chairs the British Land LGBTA Group. Roger has been involved with AKT for the past eight years as fundraiser, promoter and advisor. Most recently Roger has taken responsibility for managing the relationship between AKT and The British Land Company a recent Purple Door sponsor, the first property company to take this step.