Gay rights charity Stonewall appoints new chairwoman

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Stonewall has appointed Jan Gooding as its new chair of trustees, the charity has announced.

She succeeds Jacqueline Davies who retires after serving as a trustee for nine years and as Chair of Stonewall since 2012.

Ms Gooding will work closely with Stonewall Acting Chief Executive Ruth Hunt to continue expanding the charity’s work against homophobia and biphobia in Britain and around the world.

Ms Gooding said: “While modern Britain has made great progress to ensure equality in law there is still much to do to make the daily experience for gay people here, and in many other countries, free from abuse, rejection and at times violence.

“As the new Chair of Stonewall I want to use the fundamental legal underpinning, secured over 25 years of committed campaigning by this remarkable organisation and many others, to continue the campaign for true equality.”

Stonewall Acting Chief Executive Ruth Hunt said: “Jacqueline Davies has had a fantastic nine years as a Stonewall Trustee and we’re incredibly grateful for all her hard work. I, and everyone at Stonewall, are really excited about working with Jan to continue expanding our work. We know that there is still so much work to do to secure full equality here in Britain and right around the globe.”

Ms Gooding has been a Stonewall trustee since April 2013 and is currently group brand director at Aviva which she joined in 2008.