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Awards Panel

It’s the job of our expert awards panel to create the short-list for each of our awards. Each panel member has been choose because of their expertise in the Scottish LGBTI sector and we’re delighted to call on their experience to whittle down the over 350 nominations we received.

Who are they?


Rachel Edgar (Chair)

Rachel has been a trustee of the Equality Network since 2009 and Chair of the board since 2011.  She works as an independent consultant on equality, employment and organisational development issues.  Previously she worked for the Scottish Government, the Scottish Employment Rights Network and the University of Leeds.

She’s really looking forward to chairing the panel for the first Scottish LGBTI Awards.




Jennie Kermode

Jennie Kermode is Chair of Trans Media Watch, a member of the Equality Network and a campaigner of nearly three decades’ standing. She has published groundbreaking research on trans issues, including non-binary issues, and has worked with organisations like the Law Commission, the police and the Scottish prison service to improve their treatment of trans and intersex people. She is currently working with the LGBT Consortium on a major project aimed at tackling anti-LGBTI hate crime, and she does ongoing work with media organisations at all levels.

In her day job, Jennie is a journalist who has written for the likes of The Independent, The New Statesman and New Internationalist. She is a commissioning editor at Eye For Film and author of The Orpheus Industry.

William Docherty

Willie Docherty

Willie has been a UNISON activist for over 15 years. He is the current co-chair of the UNISON Scotland LGBT Committee and a founding member of the STUC LGBT Committee.

Willie lives in Glasgow and regularly attends ILGA Europe conferences as part of the UNISON Delegation.



Rose Marshall

Rose Marshall is a non-binary trans femme person who has 25 years experience working with labelled people in community based settings. A qualified Community Education worker, Rose delivered the successful Big Lottery funded “Transition Support Service” to people considering their gender identity, across Scotland, and was involved in the running of “Pride House” during the Commonwealth Games.

Presently Rose is one of the administrators of the ‘Transgender Scotland’ Facebook page and works at the University of Glasgow’s Student Representative Council. Rose has a passion for inclusion and collaborative working to help reduce social isolation.



RossRoss Wright

Ross has been a campaigner for LGBT equality since the mid 1980’s, first as chair of Glasgow LGBT switchboard then working with Scottish AIDS Monitor when the AIDS epidemic surfaced. He later helped set up the Steve Retson Project for gay men’s health.

As a celebrant with Humanist Society Scotland I was lead of HSS’s same sex marriage campaign, I helped train my HSS celebrant colleagues on the new marriage law, and now enjoy conducting marriages simply on the basis that the couple love each other.



Joshua McCormick

Joshua’s experience in LGBTQ activism started in LGBT Youth Scotland as the organisations international youth representative and national youth council member. Joshua has also been an elected constituency member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) where he was  convener of the Justice committee.

He has a passion for LGBTQI activism, lobbying and advocacy and has worked extensively in cooperation with NGO’s and decision makers from across Europe to promote the rights of LGBTQI young people. As of 2015 Joshua has taken on new responsibilities as both board member of IGLYO (the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Queer youth and student organisation) and board trustee of LGBT Youth Scotland.


Grace Cardozo

National Diversity Award winner, Grace Cardozo received an unprecedented 160 nominations for her award as LGBT Positive Role Model award in September 2013.

During her 17 year career with LGBT Youth Scotland, Grace was responsible for setting up key services and initiatives that have been heralded across the country, including the acclaimed LGBT Charter Mark Scheme. Recently Grace left LGBT Youth Scotland to set up her own business, Sleeping Giants, through which she continues to support the LGBT (and wider) community in Dumfries and Galloway.

Grace has also recently been recruited by the Scottish Government to serve as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of NHS Dumfries and Galloway

In her spare time, Grace is very involved in her community and loves spending time with her family and friends.  She and her partner are also just about to become adoptive parents, so she is looking forward to life never being the same again!

SScottcott Cuthbertson

Scott is the Development Coordinator for the Equality Network where he leads the organisations work in community development, sport, hate crime, travel and international portfolios.

He started being active in LGBT campaigning at his student union before becoming the LGBT Officer for the National Union of Students in 2006 where he lead campaigns on homophobic bullying, the gay blood ban and transgender inclusion.

He started full time at the Equality Network in 2008 and is currently undertaking an MSc in Social Justice at Queen Margaret University.