Staff Team and Trustees

Staff Team


Helen Bashford – Older LGBTQ Project Development Worker
Pronouns - She/Her/Hers


Chris Brown - LGBTQ Development Officer
Pronouns - She/Her/Hers


Jackie Engelberg - Grief Encounters Development Worker
Pronouns - She/Her/Hers


Sarah-Kye Faulkner – LGBTQ Disabilities Worker
Pronouns - They/Them/Theirs or She/Her/Hers


Scarlett Langdon – Communications and Engagement Officer
Pronouns - She/Her/Hers


Clare Plumley - Rainbow Cafe Development Worker
Pronouns - She/Her/Hers


Lesley Whittal – Finance & Administration Officer
Pronouns - She/Her/Hers


Ruairi White - Volunteer Coordinator
Pronouns - They/Them/Theirs



Rupert Abbott

Rupert is a lawyer who designs and develops human rights inititives and organisations. He co-founded the human rights experts’ hub RightsStart, and has over a decade of experience working in the field of human rights, including with Amnesty International and the United Nations.

Brighton-born Rupert joined Switchboard as a Trustee after moving back to the UK, following several years working overseas. In addition to carrying out general Board responsibilities, Rupert sits on the strategy sub-committee. He wants to help make his home city the best place anywhere to be LGBTQ.


Kim Brown

Kim is an operational manager at the Pensions Regulator. She co-chairs her company’s LGBT network and works with other organisations across the financial sector regulators to improve the inclusion of LGBT staff.

She is experienced at transformational change, organisational design and strategy development and is interested in data analysis and brand identity. This is her first trustee role and she is keen to support Switchboard in determining where best to focus its efforts in order to provide maximum support to the LGBT community.

Kim lives in Brighton with her wife and is excited to join Switchboard; to increase her understanding of the challenges faced by small charities, to share her experience and to support Switchboard in reaching its goals.


Dawn Draper – Chair

Dawn worked for national Citizens Advice for over 14 years as a senior manager providing support to the bureau network including Trustee Boards and senior management, covering issues from governance to change management and everything between. She was also the Co-Chair of Citizens Advices self-organised National Network LGBT group for many years.

Dawn has experience of being a volunteer in a number of roles; as volunteer advisor and supervisor at Citizens Advice, telephone advisor Domestic Violence helpline and volunteer and founder of Kent Lesbian Line.

She moved to Brighton 14 years ago and joined Switchboard in 2016 to support its ongoing work. Interests include arts and culture, keeping fit and reading.

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