Meet the Team

Team

Chris Park

Chris Park

Volunteer Supervisor

Chris Park

Volunteer Supervisor

Chris (he/him) is a Procurement Manager by day and a writer by night. He writes for Northern Soul and Canal St Online, covering things such as Manchester’s forthcoming LGBTQ+ retirement community to Bet Lynch opening a Stockport bathroom showroom. One day he was sent to the launch of Happy Valley Pride back in 2016. He fell in love with the town and moved here six months later.

He has volunteered for the festival since 2017 and is a Volunteer Supervisor. You will usually find him manning the merchandise stall where he seems to have found his calling.

Darren Spruce

Darren Spruce

Company Manager

Darren Spruce

Company Manager

Darren Spruce (He/Him) is a freelance Creative Project Manager & Producer who works with LGBTQIA+ arts organisations across the UK, including a leading Trans festival. Darren began his career as an Executive Assistant & Office Manager for a leading substance misuse charity where he built his strong organisational skills and understanding of charity and not-for-profit governance. He co-founded Happy Valley Pride in 2015 and has helped to develop it into becoming one of the leading LGBTQ+ Community Arts organisations in the region.

Helen Baron

Helen Baron

Vice Chair

Helen Baron

Vice Chair

Helen (She/Her) works at The Emily Davison Centre, an ending violence towards women and girls hub where she supports survivors of domestic abuse. She is also a dj of many years standing having played to audiences large and small. In the 1990s she was in demand in clubs across the UK and these days having failed to retire from djing plays at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge when COVID19 allows. 

Helen Trotter - Jackson

Helen Trotter - Jackson

Trustee

Helen Trotter - Jackson

Trustee

Helen Trotter (she/her) is a legal professional, who was at the Bar for 16 years. Helen specialised in Equality Act cases, acting frequently for LGBTQ+ clients, to combat and challenge the discrimination they have faced. She was junior counsel in the case brought by Jeremy Pemberton against the Church of England, alleging discrimination against him when he married his husband, and acted pro bono in all of Jeremy's appeal hearings. Helen has been on the board of Happy Valley Pride since 2016, and offers her specialist legal viewpoint on issues facing the festival, as well as rolling her sleeves up during festival week! When not on Pride duty, Helen enjoys walking her twin rescue spaniels on her windswept farm and planning her next holiday. 

Jenny Wilson

Jenny Wilson

Chair

Jenny Wilson

Chair

Jenny Wilson is Founder and Director of Irregular Arts, where she creates, produces and performs socially engaged arts projects, believing the arts can engage, challenge, delight and make change. She has often graced stages in the Calder Valley as drag character, Mysti Valentine. 

She founded the International Day of Consent and writes and coaches on consent and relationships at loveoffscript.co.uk

Queer, pan and bisexual, polyamorous relationship anarchist and single parent, she lives in Shipley, near Bradford Yorkshire, UK. Her other roles include an Activist Residency at Leeds Beckett University, with the SSSH! Stigmatised Sexualities and Sexual Harm Research Group, Dept of Psychology.

Lisa Tregellas

Lisa Tregellas

Volunteer Supervisor

Lisa Tregellas

Volunteer Supervisor

Lisa (she/her) is a teacher at an infant school in Hebden Bridge. For the last few years, the schools have worked on various art projects with Happy Valley Pride and you might have spotted their colourful creations at past festivals!

Since 2017, Lisa has taken on many volunteer roles for Happy Valley Pride from flag holder to bingo caller but nowadays you will mainly find her organising our amazing volunteers in her current role as Volunteer Supervisor. 

 

Malcolm Struthers

Malcolm Struthers

Trustee

Malcolm Struthers

Trustee

Malcolm (he/him) is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and recently launched Malcolm Struthers Hypnotherapy. This followed a successful 20-year career in PR, communications, and marketing, working across a variety of sectors in a range of senior strategic management roles. He has worked on a range of award-winning internal and external communications projects including with the LGBT Foundation, George House Trust, Manchester Pride, and Salford Pride. Additionally, he has won a number of diversity and inclusion and community champion awards.

In addition to being a trustee with Happy Valley Pride, Malcolm is also a trustee with Hebden Bridge Film Festival and leads their PR and communication workstream. He lives in Hebden Bridge with his husband and two greyhounds (Rose and Tom)

Rob Whitehead

Rob Whitehead

Treasurer

Rob Whitehead

Treasurer

Rob Whitehead (he/him) is a school leader in Bradford, West Yorkshire, he grew up in Birmingham and went on to study Performing Arts at Middlesex University before embarking on a PGCE. Rob began his teaching career in London before moving to Yorkshire in 2006. Rob has a long standing passion for LGBTQ+ arts attending many shows and festivals nationwide. He became a Director of Happy Valley Pride in 2017 taking on the role of Treasurer.

Ruth Thompson Davies

Ruth Thompson Davies

Trustee

Ruth Thompson Davies

Trustee

Ruth (she/her) is an experienced and enthusiastic project deliverer and Commissioning Officer. She has a proven track record in delivery and coordination of projects and events. Ensuring that they are delivered to the highest quality, meet targets, within budget and on time. Recent experience has included being part of Calderdale MBC’s Integrated Commissioning Team, as a Commissioning Officer responding to Covid-19 whilst continuing to commission adults and children’s social care across the borough. Also have over 15 years’ experience in project and event management and marketing across a number of other sectors including education and training, and finance. Joined the board of Happy Valley Pride May 2018, and has contributed to the staging of the festivals each year. This has included being the event manager of the outdoor events in 2019, where over 2000 people safely attended.

Terry Logan

Terry Logan

Youth Engagement Officer

Terry Logan

Youth Engagement Officer

As the Happy Valley Pride Youth Engagement Officer, Terry (she/her) promotes equality and diversity within schools whilst celebrating LGBTQ+ life in the valley and beyond. Terry also works in various other roles including being Head Mentor Tutor at Ryburn Valley Sixth Form where she helped create one of the first LGBTQ+ support groups in Calderdale. The creation of this group has empowered students to run their own Pride week and present an LGBTQ+ musical theatre production. She also organised Calderdale’s very first Battle of the Bands competitions for all the sixth forms in the area.

Terry is also a singer and has performed at many Happy Valley Pride events.

Tim Whitehead

Tim Whitehead

Artistic Director

Tim Whitehead

Artistic Director

Tim Whitehead (he/him) is a Producer and Agent, managing and developing the careers of internationally renowned LGBTQ+ performers, taking their work worldwide to the stages of The Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and the Southbank Centre among many others.

He began his career developing the comedy and cabaret programme for Soho Theatre in London, working alongside Executive Producer Mark Godfrey, and has worked extensively in the north, programming and producing for Manchester’s Queer Up North and Trans Vegas Festivals.Tim became a Director of Happy Valley Pride in 2017 and has lead the organisation as Chair over the past two years during a period of growth, resulting in it being recognised as one of the leading LGBTQ+ community arts organisations in the region joining the Queer Arts North network.

Associates

Dr. Carol Stow

Dr. Carol Stow

Board Advisor

Dr. Carol Stow

Board Advisor

Carol (she/her) has been involved with the board of Happy Valley Pride since 2017 in her role as a councillor on Hebden Royd Town Council, one of our funding bodies. She is an award winning (but now retired) speech and language therapist with a wide range of publications to her name. Carol is a long-standing ally of the LGBTQIA+ community with memories stretching back to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 90s and the nightmares of Section 28 legislation. She has lived in Hebden Bridge since 1982 and having raised her (now adult) children there she has first-hand experience of the challenges facing LGBT children and teenagers and their families and the services (or lack therof) available to support them.

Emma Charleston

Emma Charleston

Designer

Emma Charleston

Designer

Emma (She/her) is a graphic designer and illustrator who has spent the last decade working from Hebden Bridge, Brighton and London. She currently lives with her partner and her dog in Battersea, where she’s working freelance and completing a design MA at the London College of Communication. In her spare time she likes hiking, vegan cooking, and making zines and prints to sell on her Etsy store. 

Patrons

Kate O'Donnell

Kate O'Donnell

Kate O'Donnell

Kate O’Donnell (she/her) is a transgender performer, activist and theatre maker. In  2016 she founded Trans Creative arts company with the tagline “telling our own stories”. In 2017 she initiated Manchester's first trans arts festival Trans Vegas giving a platform to 300 trans voices and in 2020 the festival responded to COVID-19 by going digital for the first time. Her theatre work includes; the award-winning “Big Girl’s Blouse” & acclaimed one woman show ‘You've Changed’. She played Feste in Twelfth Night & Electra in Gypsy, both at the Royal Exchange. Kate has directed Transpose two years running and Not Dying, both at the Barbican, and regularly speaks on panels and made guest appearances on the Guilty Feminist podcast at the live shows. In 2018 she was nominated for the Gay Times Arts and Culture Award. 

Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell has campaigned for human rights for 54 years, since 1967. An activist in the Gay Liberation Front from 1971-74 and a founding member of OutRage! 1990 -2011, he helped organise the UK's first Pride in 1972 and has marched in every Pride London parade since then. In 1973, he staged the first LGBT+ protest in a communist country, East Germany. His international solidarity activism has resulted in him being beaten by President Mugabe's bodyguards in Brussels in 2001 and by Russian neo-Nazis in Moscow in 2007. He is Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

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