LGBT+ Advisory Group

The LGBT+  Advisory Group works with the Equality and Diversity Unit to highlight issues relating to LGBT+ staff and students in order to inform the development of University policy and practice in relation to LGBT+ staff and students and to facilitate consultation and the sharing of information with LGBT+ staff and students.

The LGBT+ Advisory Group Terms of Reference can be found on the right-hand menu. 

In conjunction with the EDU, the group also organise:

  • Hilary term: The annual LGBT History month lecture
  • Trinity term: A Panel Debate for Oxford Pride festival and the University Stall for Oxford Pride
  • Michaelmas term: The LGBT Staff Network Annual General Meeting.

If you have any questions about the group or would like to speak confidentially about an LGBT+ issue, even if you are not a member of the LGBT+ community, please contact the Chair, Clara Barker (

Clara Barker (Chair)

Identifies as: Trans-female - I started to medically and socially transition during my last post, going “full-time” prior to starting my current role at Oxford.

Pronouns: She/her

Job title: Technical laboratory manager for the Centre for Superconductivity, Materials.          

Outside interests: Board games, climbing, music (making, watching and listening), biking, camping, sci fi and reading (books and graphic novels!)

Clara will hold the position of Chair till April 2022  

Helen Worrell (Vice Chair)

Identifies as: Gay / Queer

Pronouns: She / Her

Job title: Archaeology and Tylor Anthropology Librarian, Bodleian Libraries

Outside interests: road cycling, coaching those new to road cycling, going to spin classes, running a local queer club night (Molly: Party for Queers).

Helen will hold the position of Vice Chair till May 2022

Sarah Stephenson-Hunter (Link Officer)

Helena Palmer (Link Officer)

Identifies as: Bisexual

Pronouns: She/her

Job title: Moritz-Heyman Scholarship Administrator         

Key responsibilities: Managing undergraduate scholarships for UK and EU students, primarily the Moritz-Heyman Scholarship Programme.

Outside interests: Creative writing, the Japanese language and culture, and caring for small furry animals.

Helena will hold the position of Link Officer till September 2021

LGBTQ Society member (student representative)

Appointed by the LGBTQ Society.

Alexander Gordon (co-opted member & co-chair of the BME Staff Network)

Tristram Wyatt (co-opted member)

Jessica Ryan-Phillips (Link Officer)

Freyja Madsen (Link Officer)

Identifies as: Bisexual
Pronouns: She/her
Job title: Academic Registrar, New College
Key responsibilities: Coordinates student support services and academic recruitment at New College. I am also the College’s Disability Officer, Equality Officer, and a Harassment Advisor.
Outside interests: Twentieth-century American literature, horror films, art, rugby
Freyja will hold the position of Link Officer till September 2021

Vacant (Link Officer)

Sarah Laseke (Events Secretary)

Hannah Hughes (co-opted member)