Our Board

Our Board is comprised of 8 members who are passionate their work in the rainbow community.

The Board is responsible for the strategic guidance and development of policies that shape Wear it Purple’s future direction and how it services the community in accordance with our values and mission.

Meet the Board

 

Board Members (L-R): Aslam, Brock, Scott, Mark

 

 

Board President

 

When did you join Wear it Purple?

March, 2016

Position with Wear it Purple?

Board President

Why did you join Wear it Purple?

Having known what it’s like to be young, scared and questioning, Wear it Purple seemed like an organisation that could have helped me and people I know. If I’m able to contribute a bit of pride, awareness and community through WIP, well then that is a worthy endeavour.

Plus it’s fun 🙂

Do you identify in the community or support as an ally?

Proud and happy lesbian.

3 fun facts about you.

  • I did not fully come out until I was 25 at which point my friend offered to throw me a coming out party…I’m still waiting for it.
  • I worked on a farm in Argentina and in a hostel in Bolivia.
  • I have re-watched Dawson’s Creek…twice.

Your hobbies/interests.

I am a big fan of theatre, art and movies. I enjoy new foods, festivals and have lots of time for trying new things. I would like to read and play chess more. And I LOVE travelling – particularly to places where I don’t know the language.

What do you do for work?

I’m a theatre director and performance maker, and the Artistic Director of Spark Youth Theatre.

 

Profile coming soon…

 

 

Board Treasurer

 

When did you join Wear it Purple?

October, 2014

Position with Wear it Purple?

Merchandise Coordinator and Board Treasurer (Based in Brisbane)

Why did you join Wear it Purple?

I joined Wear it Purple as a stand in position and have absolutely enjoyed my interaction with our supporters, both from workplace and our younger supporters, also with ability to be able to mentor and support being a key part of why I am still here!

Do you identify in the community or support as an ally?

I am a strong ally and supporter of the LGBTIQ community.

3 fun facts about you.

  • I met Darth Vader
  • I have had lunch and dinner with R2-D2
  • I also played representative cricket

Your hobbies/interests.

I love Jet Skiing around the marvellous waterways up in North Brisbane, I enjoy travelling which also includes visiting my laughter and daughter in-law in London, and I am a fan of sci-fi as well as playing with as many 4 legged fur babies as possible!

What do you do for work?

I work in the Aged Care industry in Sales

 

General Board Member

 

When did you join Wear it Purple?

I’ve been involved in WIP since Sept 2011, on the board since 2012

Position with Wear it Purple?

I am a Board Member (based in London) for Wear it Purple

Why did you join Wear it Purple?

I saw the passion of those involved in Wear it Purple, and the empowering message is amazing. As a young (ish) person at the time who was working through my identity as a Christian and as gay, it was amazing to have support and an outlet for pride!

Do you identify in the community or support as an ally?

I have been with my wife* Jayde for 7 years now, one year more than I’ve been involved with Wear it Purple.

*we have had a ceremony, though of course are still waiting for Australia to legalise same sex marriage.

3 fun facts about you.

  • I live in London,
  • I’ve visited 11 countries in 2016
  • I have two toes joined together on both feet

Your hobbies/interests.

I’m a musician – singing and playing bass and guitar, I play cricket and love being outdoors.

What do you do for work?

I work in conflict management, currently for a charity in the UK called ‘Leap Confronting Conflict’

 

General Board Member

 

When did you join Wear it Purple?

October, 2016

Position with Wear it Purple?

General Board Member

Why did you join Wear it Purple?

After getting involved with Wear it Purple in my work place, I looked into what Wear it Purple was and the message behind it. From there I felt moved by Wear it Purple as an organisation and I wanted to share my passion and do my part to bring support and empower others.

Do you identify in the community or support as an ally?

I proudly identify as gay

3 fun facts about you.

  • I own every album of Sia Fuller (including any songs featuring Sia)
  • I went skydiving after having heart surgery
  • I’m a dancer and have been since I was 7

Your hobbies/interests.

I love adventure! I enjoy going to the beach, hiking, traveling and getting out doors to explore what the world has to offer.

I love Ellen DeGeneres and her TV shows and I also love Harry Potter and Star Wars movies!

What do you do for work?

I work as a Learning and Development and Business Development Coordinator at a Law Firm

 

General Board Member

 

When did you join Wear it Purple?

December 2015

Position with Wear it Purple?

General Board Member

Why did you join Wear it Purple?

When I was in high school I was part of our local youth community reference group. We were invited to speak at meetings about the issues that we were facing as young members of the community.

I remember the strength and pride I found in having my voice heard and feel that WIP is a great platform for rainbow young people to have their voices heard. I joined so that I would be able to mentor and facilitate these young voices.

Do you identify in the community or support as an ally?

Gay

3 fun facts about you.

  • One of my legs is shorter than the other
  • I have a twin brother who is also gay
  • 3. My favourite colour is yellow

Your hobbies/interests.

  • I am a massive theater nut.
  • I love seeing live performance whenever I can.
  • I am also very good at building my library full of books I will (hopefully) one day read.

What do you do for work?

I am an actor, movement based artist and writer.

 

General Board Member

 

When did you join Wear it Purple?

November 2016

Position with Wear it Purple?

General Board Member

Why did you join Wear it Purple?

Growing up I felt like I was different – and not in good way, and it took a long time for that feeling to go away. I joined Wear it Purple to help people at that stage in life who may be going through the same feelings and emotions and hopefully see the end of it altogether.

I released a while back that doing nothing is a choice, so I’m doing something.

Do you identify in the community or support as an ally?

I’m not very active in the community, one of the reasons I wanted to get involved with Wear it Purple was to represent anyone else who maybe doesn’t want to get involved that much – we all have a place and part to play.

3 fun facts about you.

  • I can tell the age of a horse by checking it’s teeth. Long Story…
  • I had a fear of heights and planes, so I did a skydive, and concurred my fear and I am no longer afraid of heights but still not great on planes, I’m working on it.
  • I really like to give people nick names, it’s a term of endearment.

Your hobbies/interests.

I enjoy Yoga, Fitness, Tech, Movies and Music.

What do you do for work?

Area Manager for a Tourism photography company.

 

Board Secretary

 

When did you join Wear it Purple?

November, 2016

Position with Wear it Purple?

Board Secretary

Why did you join Wear it Purple?

Numerous reasons that built up over a long time that triggered me to get active.  Firstly the Matthew Shephard story could have happened to so many and happened from within his peer group.  Peer group is a big area of focus for Wear It Purple.

Many firms also regardless of their alleged commitment to diversity & inclusion woefully support their LGBTI staff ignoring low level discrimination and bullying and this needs to be changed.

Wear It Purple will give a trickle up effect as the new accepting, open and tolerant youth of today proceed through the work place of tomorrow.  LGBTI youth should be as entitled as anyone to confidence – one of the key building blocks of life.

Do you identify in the community or support as an ally?

I’m what I describe as an emancipated gay man.

3 fun facts about you.

  • I’ve been to over 100 countries and every continent on earth except Antarctica (on the list now).
  • I used to swim butterfly for my county.
  • After a bit of food boredom and lack luster wanderings around the supermarket I’ve started a self-challenge of having to cook two brand new recipes a week from my cook book collection.

Your hobbies/interests.

  • I like to cook and enjoy having friends over for dinner or lunch on the weekends.
  • I go to the GYM and like to keep active.
  • And I love sci-fi, crime drama or a rom com movie in which I tend to only go to Gold Class as want to stretch out.

What do you do for work?

I’m the ANZ Territory Manager for a French/Canadian Fin Tech