What we do
The UK Pride Organisers Network (UKPON) is an online community for all Pride Organisers in the UK. If a Pride is being run or is in the process of being set up, the main organisers are invited to become Members and there by access the knowledge and support from other people in the Network who have similar experiences.
We bring together the LGBT+ organisers of Pride events in the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland. We do this through online networking, an annual conference, awarding UKPride annually, and being present at Prides, events, and other seminars and conferences. All Pride organisations are eligible and we do not charge a membership fee.
The Board represents the interests of our Members and supports the ongoing development of the Pride movement in the UK by helping facilitate interaction between Pride organisers and encouraging skills, knowledge and experiences to be shared. It does not represent any individual Pride, all of whom are autonomous organisations acting independently with their own management and structure.
UKPON is an Associate Member of the European Pride Organisers Association and InterPride, and a member of the LGBT Consortium and ILGA.
Our first Board was elected in October 2016. To maintain continuity and an overlap of knowledge and experience elected positions on the Board are for a two year term. Only one person from any individual Pride is able to hold a position on the Board. Two directors and two coordinator positions are re-elected every two years, unless a position is left vacant for any reason. Elections take place at the AGM & Conference each Autumn.
The year that individual roles are next due for election is shown after each role below.
• Co-Chairs: Gianpiero Molinu, Pride Cymru (2020) and Jenny Dewsnap, Doncaster Pride (2021)
• Secretary: Elliot King, Swansea Pride (2021)
• Treasurer: Jo Sharpe, Swindon & Wiltshire Pride (2020)
• Membership & Outreach Coordinator: JayJay Potter-Peachey, Coventry Pride (2020)
• Communications Coordinator: Stephen Ireland, Pride in Surrey (2020)
• Inclusion Coordinator: Rory Rafferty, Pride in Newry (2020)
• UK Pride and UKPON AGM & Conference Coordinators: TBC
Board members’ contact details can be found on the Contact us page.
Despite the UK having more Pride events than any other European country, previous attempts at bringing Pride organisers together had been short-lived. In early 2016, Pride in London and Manchester Pride organised a conference attended by 60 Pride organisers, and the idea for the Network was born.
At a further conference, organised by Pride in London and Birmingham Pride in October 2016, the Network was formally established and a Board elected. The first Co-Chairs were Andy Train (Pride in Hull) and Steve Taylor (Pride in London). Steve retired in October 2017. Andy retired in 2018.
Since the Network’s establishment, the Board has been working to develop policies, ideas and programmes to support members and to further the Pride movement in the UK.
In 2017 a Spring Conference was hosted in March by Pride Cymru in Cardiff, and the AGM Autumn Conference was hosted by Blackpool Pride Festival in October. The 2018 UKPON AGM & Conference was hosted by Glasgow Pride. The 2019 Spring Conference was hosted by Pride in London and the UKPON AGM will be hosted by Doncaster Pride in October 2019.
UKPON Board member Mazz Image also sits on the advisory group of the LGBT Consortium.