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Our Board

As a registered charity, the Equality Network is run by a Board of Trustees, who are all volunteers. They oversee the organisation, take strategic decisions, and are ultimately responsible for all our activities.

The day to day work of the organisation is delegated by the Board to our staff – we currently have currently 8 full-time staff and 8 part-time staff.


Members of our Board


Robert MacBean (Convener)

Robert has been a Board member of the Equality Network since 2011 and is currently Convener. Having grown up in Northern Ireland he put roots down in Scotland as a student. After graduating and a year as chair of ‘Scottish Labour Students’ he went  on to work as a constituency assistant for an MP and then eight years as an elected councillor on Glasgow City Council. Robert currently works in policy promoting walking, wheeling and cycling and inclusive, sustainable communities.


Judi Syson (Deputy Convener)

Judi has supported LGBT+ community organisations since joining the LGBT Health & Wellbeing board in 2004, and served as their chair for 5 years.  With a background in STEM innovation and clinical research Judi brings leadership and people management experience to the Equality Network Board, along with a youth charity management perspective as a current trustee for the YMCA in Edinburgh & Scotland.  Judi enjoys participating in LGBT community activities with women’s hill walking groups, the Loud & Proud Choir and watching rugby.  linkedin.com/in/judisyson


Daniel Clayton (Treasurer)

Daniel qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002. He is an Investment Management specialist and has held several senior roles within Audit and Risk, Investment Operations, Investment Change and Product Design and Strategy. He has worked for several leading companies including PwC, Aegon Asset Management, Citi, Standard Life Investments, First State and Abrdn. He has a keen interest in promoting LGBTIQ representation at senior levels within the financial services industry and has been an active part in both establishing, chairing and being part of LGBTIQ networks within the various companies he has worked for. Currently he is the Inclusion and Diversity Lead for the Investment Office at his current employer, Scottish Widows. Daniel is the Treasurer of the Equality Network and oversees the financial governance, controls and overall financial position of the charity.


Ellie Gomersall

Ellie is a political campaigner and activist, currently serving as President of the National Union of Students in Scotland – the first openly trans person to serve in the role. She has a regular column in The National and frequently provides political commentary for various media outlets, including as a regular panellist on the BBC Seven Days program. She lives in Glasgow with her royal python named Benni. linktr.ee/elliebgomersall


Kevin Guyan

Dr Kevin Guyan is a writer and researcher whose work explores the intersection of data and identity. He is the author of Queer Data: Using Gender, Sex and Sexuality Data for Action (Bloomsbury Academic, 2022) and currently works as a Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. Further information: kevinguyan.com


Katherine O’Donnell

Katherine O’Donnell is a journalist and writer of more than 35 years’ experience in print, broadcasting and digital media. She has a longstanding interest in human rights and equality. She is a former night editor of The Times and the only trans person ever to have held a senior editorial role in the UK national press.


Christina Tatlow

Christina is currently on a short sabbatical from our Board.



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