What we do
We bring together the organisers of LGBT+ Pride events in the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland. We do this through online networking, an annual conference, and representations at Prides, events, and other seminars and conferences.
The UK Pride Organisers Network (UKPON) exists to bring Pride organisers together to share knowledge and experiences, and to support the development of the Pride movement in the UK. It does not represent these individual Prides, nor speak or act on behalf of any of its members, all of whom are separate organisations with their own management and structure.
All Pride organisations are eligible to be a member of the Network, and all are considered members unless they opt out. We do not charge a membership fee.
Our first Board was elected in October 2016 then each year following,four roles are subject to election at the AGM Autumn Conference. The year that individual roles are next due for election is shown after each role below.
• Co-Chairs: Andy Train, Pride in Hull (2018) and Mazz Image, Oxford Pride (2019)
• Secretary: Daniel Browne, Warwickshire Pride (2019)
• Treasurer: Paul Desson-Baxter, Coventry Pride (2018)
• Inclusion Officer: André Oldfield, Worcestershire Pride (2018)
• Membership Coordinator: JayJay Potter-Peachey, Gloucestershire Pride [until September 2017] then Coventry Pride [from September 2017] (2018)
• Communications Coordinator: Joe Finch, Isle of Wight Pride (2019)
• UK Pride & Conference Coordinator: Ross Stevenson, Pride Glasgow (2019)
Board members' contact details can be found on the Contact us page.
Despite the UK having more Pride events than any other European country, previous attempts at bringing Pride organisers together had been short-lived. In early 2016, Pride in London and Manchester Pride organised a conference attended by 60 Pride organisers, and the idea for the Network was born.
At a further conference, organised by Pride in London and Birmingham Pride in October 2016, the Network was formally established and a Board elected. The first Co-Chairs were Andy Train (Pride in Hull) and Steve Taylor (Pride in London). Steve retired in October 2017.
Since the Network's establishment, the Board has been working to develop policies, ideas and programmes to support members and to further the Pride movement in the UK.
In 2017 a Spring Conference was hosted in March by Pride Cymru in Cardiff, and the AGM Autumn Conference was hosted by Blackpool Pride Festival in October.