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WorkPride: Opening Welcome – Keynote & Community Interview with Lady Phyll

We are delighted to welcome the Kaleidoscope Trust's executive director (the leading charity advocating for the human rights of LGBTQ people globally) as our inspirational speaker. 


11:00 - 11:20am: Welcome from myGwork & Keynote by Preston Taylor from RS Components
11:20 - 12:00pm: Interview with Lady Phyll


Widely known as Lady Phyll – partly due to her decision to reject an MBE in protest of Britain’s role in formulating anti-LGBTQ penal codes across its empire – she joins Kaleidoscope Trust from the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) trade union, where she has spent a decade advocating for the rights of workers within the union, including as a negotiator on behalf of Civil Service workers and as the Head of Equality and Learning.


A community builder and organiser, with strong ties to emergent LGBTQ movements around the world, Opoku-Gyimah is also the co-founder and executive director of UK Black Pride, Europe’s largest celebration for LGBTQ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American descent.


Lady Phyll will be interviewed by Josh Rivers. Josh is the creator and host of Busy Being Black, a podcast myGwork proudly supports, that explores queer Black life through conversations with activists, artists, creatives and intellectuals.


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Speakers:

  • Josh Rivers
    Josh Rivers
    Creator and host
    Busy Being Black
    Josh Rivers is the creator and host of Busy Being Black, the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. The show centres conversations with those who have learned - and are learning - to thrive at the intersection of their identities, and is a regular feature on LGBTQ and Black History Month lists on both Apple and Spotify. Josh volunteers his time as the head of communications for UK Black Pride, and was a founding member of Series Q, a network of mentorship, learning and support for LGBTQ entrepreneurs.
  • M
    Preston Taylor
    Preston Taylor
    Head of Supplier Content Programmes
    RS Components
    Preston is Chairman of the employee-led, SPECTRUM LGBTQ+ community within RS Components, in his own words "I believe everyone should be able to bring their true selves to work. We have created an open and honest environment, whilst shining a light on diversity and inclusion through our campaigns and events. As a proud transman, I am always willing to answer questions, provide insight, mentor, guide, or just listen." Preston is currently Head of Supplier Content Programmes and divides his time between digital transformation and his tireless work for the community. "Be Yourself. Everyone Else Is Already Taken" - Oscar Wilde
  • Phyll Opoku-Gyimah (she/her)
    Phyll Opoku-Gyimah (she/her)
    Executive Director and Co-Founder
    UK Black Pride & Kaleidoscope Trust
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