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Independent Community Advisory Board appoints new chair

7 March 2016

Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett (Photograph: Lauren Anderson)

Our independent Community Advisory Board (CAB) has a new chair. Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett was elected in a ballot at the February meeting of the CAB and takes up the post with immediate effect. Adrian takes over from Abby Chicken who has successfully led the CAB since 2014. He will chair the Pride in London Open Meeting at City Hall on 8 March 2016.

I want to congratulate Adrian on taking up the mantle of chair of the Community Advisory Board. I am confident that under Adrian’s stewardship the members of CAB will continue to provide the independent and wise counsel we have benefitted from since we first established the group in 2013.

Since we took over organising Pride, we have been fortunate that the CAB has been led by two fantastic people who have really helped the event flourish, firstly Lisa Power and until last month Abby Chicken. I speak on behalf of all the directors of Pride when I put on record our thanks to Abby. She has led the CAB through some very difficult and testing times and has ensured it remains a strong advisory body representing the LGBT+ community in London and holding the Pride board of directors to account. Abby, thank you, you have been a great chair and London’s Pride event is the better for your involvement.
Michael Salter-Church MBE, chair of Pride in London

It is a great honour for me to be elected to chair the Community Advisory Board (CAB) and I would like to thank our previous chair Abby Chicken for her outstanding work in the role.

I look forward to working closely with my newly elected deputy chair Edward Lord OBE and, as mine is very clearly a neutral non-voting role, I will endeavour to ensure that CAB works in conjunction with the Pride in London Board very closely and is supportive of all its objectives while providing a critical but constructive friend to ensure Pride in London is diverse and inclusive.

Pride must encompass all of the wide spectrum of the LGBT+ community, with a special focus on intersectionality and making sure the BAME community is fully involved in one of the most important national festivals during the calendar year and these issues are a priority for me.

I look forward to receiving support and input from the LGBT+ community in London in this work and my door will always be open to hear any criticisms or constructive feedback as we work together to enhance the LGBT+ community in London and beyond.
Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, new chair of the Community Advisory Board

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