The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender + Advisory Group

The LGBT+  Advisory Group works with the EDU 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.

LGBT+ Advisory Group Terms of Reference (90kb)

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, Helen Charlesworth ( or the Vice Chair, Clara Barker (


Helen Charlesworth (Chair)

Identifies as: Lesbian

Pronouns: She/her

Job title: Head of Communications, Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach

Key responsibilities: Communications strategy for undergraduate admissions; providing information, advice and guidance to prospective undergraduate students on making their applications; producing the undergraduate prospectus and admissions website

Other Oxford experience: Secondment to Careers Service in 2011

Outside interests: Board games, camping, sci fi

Helen will hold the position of Chair till April 2019                         

Clara Barker (Vice 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.          

Key responsibilities: Run and maintain the operation of various deposition and materials characterisation machines including magnetron sputtering, PLD, MFM, XRD.              

Research experience: Following a BEng in electronic engineering, I worked for a company who made PECVD vacuum deposition systems. I then completed a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University in material engineering, specialising in the deposition method of HiPIMS, followed by a visiting research post at Lappeenranta University, Finland working with ALD. The last four years I worked as a post-doc, again with HiPIMS deposition, at Empa in Switzerland.

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 Vice Chair till June 2019    

Jessica Heath (Link Officer)

Identifies as: Bisexual

Pronouns: She/her

Job title: Human Resources Assistant, NDORMS         

Key responsibilities: Provide HR and recruitment support within the department.

Outside interests: Books and comics, pole and aerial silks, yoga, board games.

Jessica will hold the position of Link Officer till September 2021

Hannah Boschen (Link Officer)

Identifies as: Lesbian

Pronouns: She/her

Job title: Professional Development Officer, Oxford Learning Institute         

Key responsibilities: Deliver training for a wide range of staff primarily around management and leadership and personal effectiveness.

Other Oxford experience: First job at Oxford was as a library assistant in the Radcliffe Science Library a very long time ago!

Outside interests: All things nature and wildlife, photography and mindfulness.

Hannah will hold the position of Link Officer till April 2021.

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.

Other Oxford experience: Two painful years in Academic Marketing at Oxford University Press!

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 Officer (student representative)

An OUSU Executive Officer, elected by the student body.

LGBTQ Society member (student representative)

Appointed by the LGBTQ Society.

Mel Parrot (Co-opted member)

Tristram Wyatt (Co-opted member)

Luke Jackson-Ross (Link Officer)

Identifies as: Gay

Pronouns: He/Him

Job title: Admissions Coordinator, St Hugh’s College

Key responsibilities: I coordinate the admissions process for graduate and undergraduate applications to Oxford at St Hugh’s, and I sit on the College’s Equality Committee.

Other Oxford experience: Admissions & Outreach Officer (2015-2018) and Administrative Officer (2014-2015) at St Hugh’s College. Graduate Trainee at the Bodleian Social Science Library (2013-2014).

Outside interests: Philosophy and music (woodwind and voice). I am also Secretary to the Burford School Association (an alumni network).

Luke will hold the position of Link Officer till August 2019

James Cairns (Link Officer)

Identifies: Queer

Pronouns: He/him

Job Title: Widening Access & Participation Assistant (Oxplore), Undergraduate Admissions & Outreach

Key responsibilities: I assist with the UAO’s Oxplore website, which is an innovative digital outreach portal. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’ it aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom. I assist with marketing, inquiries, content development, and outreach activities.

Other Oxford Experience: Temporary staff within Alumni Relations and Oxford Sports. Contract staff within Primary Care Health Sciences’ Clinical Trials Unit

Outside interests: travel, meditation, yoga, cooking, and reading

James will hold the position of Link Officer till September 2021

Tom Lake (Social Secretary)

Tom will hold the position of Social Secretary till March 2021.

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.
Other Oxford experience: Previously Outreach and Admissions Officer at New College, and Admissions Officer at Exeter College
Outside interests: Twentieth-century American literature, horror films, art, rugby
Freyja will hold the position of Link Officer till September 2021