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Will Fletcher

Interim Chief Exec and recruitment of a new Chair of Trustees

Monday June 15, 2015

Diversity Role Models (“DRM”) today announces that the Board of Trustees has appointed Lucy Caldicott as Interim Chief Executive.

Lucy has extensive experience of working at a senior level at a broad range of both voluntary and private sector organisations. Most recently, she spent 7.5 years as CLIC Sargent’s Director of Fundraising, where she was responsible for managing a team of 200 staff and volunteers and for raising the charity’s entire annual income of £25 million.

Lucy is currently a Trustee of Hope and Homes for Children and a member of the Institute of Fundraising’s Policy Advisory Board. Lucy’s varied career has also seen her hold a variety of positions at VSO UK, Jewish Care, The Prince’s Trust, Christie’s and American Express, amongst others.

Lucy will join DRM in July to cover the maternity leave of Founder and Chief Executive, Suran Dickson. Lucy will work closely with the Board of Trustees and the current team of [seven] staff to oversee the ongoing roll-out and evolution of DRM’s strategic plan, including working with our strategic partner Brook, the young people’s sexual health charity.

Simon Blake OBE, Chair of DRM, said:

“The appointment of Lucy Caldicott as Interim Chief Executive is a significant endorsement of DRM. Given her substantial experience of working for major third sector organisations and her personal commitment to tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, we know that she will be a great leader to continue driving the expansion of DRM’s work.  We look forward to welcoming her.”

Lucy Caldicott, Interim Chief Executive of DRM said:

“I'm absolutely delighted to be joining Diversity Role Models. The organisation plays a vital role in schools educating young people about stereotypes and misuse of language to prevent homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. I look forward to building on everything Suran has achieved while she takes time off to have her baby."

Following his three year term of office, Simon Blake OBE will be standing down and a new Chair of Trustees will be appointed. DRM is now inviting applications for this position.

Applications for Chair of Trustees will remain open until 4pm on Friday 3rd July and should be sent by e-mail to info@diversityrolemodels.org. Further information about the role and how to apply can be found in the recruitment pack for the position.

For further information, please contact:

Will Knock, Operations Manager       Tel: 07947 566 750     will@diversityrolemodels.org

Notes to Editors

Research shows that LGBT students are three times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. Seven out of ten lesbian and gay young people say homophobic bullying affects their schoolwork and many skip school because of it.

The mission of Diversity Role Models (“DRM”) (registered charity number: 1142548) is to eliminate homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. DRM achieves this by providing educational workshops involving role models, teacher training, and by collaborating with individuals and organisations.

Since formally launching in November 2011, DRM has become one of the UK’s leading anti-bullying charities. DRM has delivered more than 980 pro-diversity workshops to over 22,000 pupils using 220 trained volunteer role models, communicating directly with students of all ages, using positive role models to counter negative stereotypes based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Of these pupils, 94% indicated that they would treat a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) person better after the workshop, while 91% indicated that they would use the word ‘gay’ as a derogatory term less in the future.

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