Westminster LGBT Forum

About Us


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Westminster LGBT Forum is the community group for LGBT people who live in, work in or visit the City of Westminster.

We are a voluntary group, supported by Westminster City Council, and work with the Westminster Police and a range of Westminster based organisations to support our community, and improve services and provision for LGBT people across Westminster.

We work in accordance with a Constitution agreed by our members.

Meet the Team


David Van de Velde
Co-Chair

In addition to being co-Chair of the Westminster LGBT+ User Forum, he also sits on the MET Police Independent Advisory Group as an LGBT+ Advisor and chair Central and North West London NHS Trust + Staff Network.

David Van de Velder

After training as a Mental Health Nurse in the NHS at the start of his career, David has a long history of activism on LGBT+ inclusion and accepting.

Being of mixed heritage and gay, David has also been involved with several high-profile campaigns using his own living experience and personal journey into acceptance.

Trudy Howson
Co-Chair

Trudy loves having Soho on her doorstep and she is thrilled to be Co-Chair of Westminster LGBT Forum. Her main role is to develop its arts and culture.

Trudy Howson

She has worked in the entertainment industry having initially trained in musical theatre, acquiring credits in mainstream and alternative TV, radio, film, and theatre. 

In 2012 she wrote the poem for the London Olympics and decided to focus that momentum on developing the LGBT+ poetry scene in London.

In 2016 she was appointed LGBT Poet Laureate and still holds that post. She works with Amnesty, Stonewall, the Peter Tatchell Foundation and Hate Crime UK.

Chris Barlow and Michael Chan
Co-Administrators

Chris and Michael became Joint Administrators in July 2020, taking over from Mark Platt who did so much to support the Forum and thank him for providing a smooth handover.

Chris & Michael

They are also the co-founders in 2012 of Outings in Art which aims to bring members and allies of our community together through shared cultural activities.

As well as supporting the administration and growth of the Forum, Outings in Art has become an important partner delivering a varied programme.

Alan Martin
Treasurer

Since retiring as an employment law consultant, Alan has volunteered for numerous charities including Stonewall, The Albert Kennedy Trust, the Peter Tatchell Foundation, Age UK Camden, Opening Doors London and the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Alan Martin

He’s always had an interest in financial control and IT, which he has used throughout his career as well as for his own company. 

He has been donor administrator for several charities and designs & manages websites for community organisations, including the Westminster LGBT Forum.