Meet the isle of pride team

Clare Barber (MHK)

Chief Executive Officer.

Clare was elected to the House of Keys in 2016 and has championed equality through policy and legislation ever since.
A former staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Nobles Hospital and a proud ally of the LGBTQ+ community Clare is the brainchild and founder of Isle of Pride responsible for bringing together an energetic band of like-minded, enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to bring you the Island’s first ever large scale, free public Pride Festival.

Pronouns: She/Her

Zoe Bennett

Chief Operations Officer

With experience, knowledge and skills gained across multiple sectors Zo is our Conductor keeping the Pride train on track to arrive in June 2020!

A lifelong champion for LGBTQ+ rights and equality, Zo is dedicated to helping the team deliver the first ever large scale, free public Pride Festival to the Island and ensuring the long term Isle of Pride legacy through promoting positive mental, physical and sexual health awareness, reducing isolation, providing safe spaces and encouraging more LGBTQ+ friendly venues.

Pronouns: She/Her

Kerrigan Fairbairn

Trans Community Liaison

A transgender woman, born and raised on the Isle of Man, Kerri is committed to improving the lives of the Islands’ Trans Community.

Kerri is also one of our valued youth workers, working with young people across the Island she is a fantastic role model to young Trans people, helping to bring trans inclusionary language and behaviours to the wider community and is dedicated to empowering trans people and bringing about positive change.

Pronouns: She/Her

Kara Varetto

LGBTQ+ Youth Lead.

Kara works across the Island as a full time Youth Worker and helps run the Island’s LGBTQ+ Youth network, always with a friendly face, Kara provides guidance, information and support to young people and helps to educate people on LGBTQ+ issues.

Dedicated to improving the lives of young people Island wide, Kara is an enthusiastic and dedicated member of the team and is instrumental in helping Isle of Pride bring the Island its first Youth Pride Event.

Pronouns: They/Them

Luke Adebiyi

Equality & Diversity Lead

A two time REBAward winner Luke is a prominent campaigner for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and Positive Mental Health Awareness, both on and off the Island and has been a guest speaker at a number of events and conferences, including Stonewall Workplace Conference, over the last several years.

Winning the accolades of Positive Role Model and Equality Champion in both 2017 & 2019, as well as making the Islands first Isle of Man 30 under 30 list, Luke brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to the team.

Pronouns: He/Him

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