LGBTQ+ Senior Allies Network

The LGBTQ+ Senior Allies Network are a group of senior staff who have completed the Stonewall Allies Programme and are committed to helping to create an inclusive culture.

These individuals are visible by their ‘LGBTQ+ Ally’ email signature as well as the wearing of rainbow lanyards.

Any member of staff can show their support for a more LGBTQ+ inclusive community by wearing a rainbow lanyard (available from the Staff LGBTQ+ Network).


Jane Chafer

Being an ally for Stonewall is important to me as I believe it gives a message of inclusivity and that atmosphere and culture allows people to be comfortable bringing their whole selves to work. It shows that I understand and support the issues which the LGBTQ community might face within a working environment. By being an ally I can lead my team by example. 

Rachel Burn

As Director of College Operations for the College of Medicine and Health, Rachel Burn has overall leadership responsibility for operational and administrative support in the College. Her role is to ensure the College's professional services directly support the College and University's strategies in the delivery of outstanding and world leading education and research. 
Rachel has over 17 years experience in the education sector. She joined the College in August 2017 from Aston University in Birmingham where she was the Head of Administration for Aston Medical School and, before that, Aston Business School over a 6 year period. Prior to that Rachel worked for the Open University for many years on a variety of change and student support projects.

Rachel has a BA in East European History from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, the University of London and a Masters in Education and an MBA with Merit from The Open University. Rachel is a Fellow of the Association of University Administrators and the Chartered Management Institute and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Rachel is proud to be one of the University’s Speak Out Guardians and a Stonewall Ally as she has a strong belief that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

Tracy Costello

I feel very privileged to be able to start my Stonewall Allies Journey. As Chief Executive of the Students’ Guild at the University of Exeter, my role gives me access to very many interesting and influential activities. As an ally I will be proud to make sure that these opportunities are harnessed to support the LGBTQ+ communities and to promote the importance of creating places, spaces and activities (including employment and work places) where people can thrive as a result of really having a sense of belonging.

I am learning everyday and will not get it right first time. Learning about how to become an ally has really opened my eyes about the needs of others and the importance of inclusivity in every possible sense.