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).


Linda Peka‌I’m delighted to be a LGBTQ+ ally. I believe it’s hugely important for me to openly demonstrate that I’m available for a conversation and ready to talk about issues which face the LGBTQ+ community here at the University of Exeter. Indeed, by doing so we foster a culture where it becomes so much easier for people to be themselves at work . As a member of the VCEG, I made a personal pledge that I would use my position to nudge forward our inclusive culture by being braver, bolder and more open as an institution; I feel very privileged to be in a position where I can do that.

Jane Chafer

Being an ally for LGBTQ+ 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, I have overall leadership responsibility for operational and administrative support in the College. I am proud to be one of the University's Speak Out Guardians and an LGBTQ+ Ally as I have 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 LGBTQ+ 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.

Robert Lamb

I’m the Head of the Politics department and am delighted to count myself as a LGBTQ+ ally. I attended an excellent Stonewall workshop for allies last Spring: it was a provocative, eye-opening, often moving, day that brought together academic and professional services staff to have conversations about an array of issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community at work. In thinking about what makes an inclusive university (or department), one value (or virtue) that I am especially interested in is what philosophers call ‘epistemic humility’, which is, in slightly crude terms, the idea that because our knowledge is inevitably partial, and bound up in our own experiences of the world, we therefore need to cultivate the art of listening to others, and learning from their experiences. I think it is only by thinking seriously about this (and practising it) that we can make the workplace a safer, more open and inclusive environment, one in which everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We can to do more than just make people feel welcome – we can help people fundamentally change their working environment in a way that reflects their identities.

Jo Gill

I aspire to be an ally because I think it's important that we work and learn in an inclusive environment that is open to all.