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!)

Matthew Tennant (Events Secretary)

Identifies as: Gay

Pronouns: He/Him

Job title: Membership Services Manager, Oxford University Student Union

Key responsibilities: Delivering OUSU’s training program for Clubs & Societies, supporting the development of our 13-student led campaigns, supporting our electing officers in implementing their projects and idea, growing general engagement between OUSU and the student population.

Other Oxford experience: Academic Representation Office, August 2014-June 2016

Outside interests: Mountaineering, Rock-climbing, camping, board-games, gin.

Matt will hold the position of Events Officer till April 2019

Marilou Polymeropoulou (Link Officer)

Marilou will hold the position of Link Officer till April 2020

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 2018.

Samantha Knight (Link Officer)

Samantha will hold the position of Link Officer till April 2020

LGBTQ Society member (student representative)

Appointed by the LGBTQ Society.

Mel Parrot (Co-opted member)

Tristram Wyatt (Co-opted member)

Killian Mullan (Link Officer)

Killian will hold the position of Link Officer till August 2019

Luke Jackson-Ross (Link Officer)

Identifies as: Gay

Pronouns: He/Him

Job title: Admissions & Outreach Officer, St Hugh's College

Key responsibilities: I am responsible for administering the undergraduate admissions process at St Hugh's College, and also for organising, implementing, and evaluating the college's outreach activities. In addition to this, I sit on the college's Equality Committee. 

Other Oxford experience: Administrative Officer at St Hugh's College (graduate admissions and academic administration for on-course students), 2014. Graduate Trainee at the Bodleian Social Science Library, 2013

Outside interests: Philosophy (part-time postgraduate student) 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