At our Autumn Conference in Blackpool (20-22 October 2017), members of the Network will elect representatives of member Prides to the following roles on our Board:

  • Co-Chair (Female, Trans or Non-Binary identified)
  • Secretary
  • Communications Officer
  • UK Pride & Conference Liaison Officer


Individuals who wish to stand for election to these roles must (a) be an active volunteer with an organisation that has delivered a Pride event in the UK in the last two years; (b) have the support of that organisation's Board; (c) be willing to contribute up to four hours' work, on average, each week; and (d) be able to join a monthly Board meeting by phone and both Conferences each year in person. In addition, all candidates standing for election must be present at the Autumn Conference.

The roles are not remunerated but some expenses (such as for accommodation at Conferences) can be paid where these are not paid by the individual's Pride organisation.

The roles

Co-Chair (Female, Trans or Non-Binary identified): This is a key role as one of the figureheads of the organisation. Alongside the founding Co-Chair, Andy Train, you will represent UKPON at a national and international level, including in the media and other forums. You are likely to have been a board member of your Pride for some time.

Secretary: Very much the linch-pin of our Board, you will organise, manage and minute the monthly meetings (which take place on the phone), and proceedings at our two conferences each year. You'll deal with public enquiries, and be the Company Secretary in all legal affairs. You are likely to have held a senior role in your Pride for some time.

Communications Officer: This is a new role taking over communications from the retiring founding Co-Chair, Steve Taylor. You'll manage our website, social media channels, media relations and member communications. It's a varied role that does require a time commitment of four to six hours each week. You will have senior level strategic communications experience, ideally within your Pride organisation but possibly externally.

UK Pride & Conference Liaison Officer: This is a new role, and this Officer will act as the Board's liaison between UKPON and the Pride selected as the next UK Pride, and the Prides selected to host the UKPON Conferences. The role will require a high level of organisation and the ability to trouble-shoot and be solutions focused. You're likely to have a wide range of project management and / or event management experience.

How to become a candidate

Individuals wishing to stand for election must complete this form no later than midday on Friday 22nd September 2017.

The UKPON Board will then verify each candidate, including a check to ensure their candidacy is supported by their Pride organisation. Details of all candidates will be published on this page, and emailed to all UKPON members, on Friday 6th October, and elections will take place on Sunday 22nd October in Blackpool. The results will be announced that day.

If you have questions about these roles, please email Steve Taylor.