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Position: Associate Director & Chief Steward
Years at Pride London: 5 years
What does your role entail and how long have you been doing it for?
This is my second year as Chief Steward of the Parade. As well as operationally controlling the parade and all our spectacular stewarding volunteers, I run the planning and management of the parade. Making sure we have everything from barriers, first aid cover, security and line up in place. Together with a parade management team, who offer up a lot of their time all year round, we'll plan for every eventuality that might happen from a float breakdown to a fire on the route.
Most of what I do you shouldn't see - as that means things are running properly. I'll also take part in training our volunteers on a regular basis.
Prior to this appointment, what other experience do you have within Pride London?
Prior to being Chief Steward I was responsible for volunteer management and many people would have been used to getting lots of emails and chasers from me. I also acted as a Deputy Chief Steward on the parade, in my case taking functional responsibility for getting people and equipment to the right places.
What has been your Pride highlight?
There are too many to mention, but one each year is to turn onto Oxford Street, and see a clear street in front of me and thousands of people either side waiting for the parade. It's odd to see the street with no traffic and yet so, so busy.
Which member of the Pride London board do you email the most?
I've just checked my outbox because I think everyone gets quite a few emails from me. It would appear that the winner is Pete Manley - he is one of my deputies on the parade and also has responsibility for parts of communications and steward rewards so he gets a triple whammy.
Can you share with us one secret or one funny story about a fellow Pride colleague?
I won't name them but two years ago, our then chief steward came back to the sign out point to hand in their equipment and wondered why others weren't yet back. They were rather embarrassed to be told it was because they hadn't radioed people to come in from their positions.
On the day of Pride London where will we be able to find you?
Take your pick - Baker St, Portman Square, Orchard St, Oxford St, Oxford Circus, Regent St, Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent St, Waterloo Place, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall. And be you on a truck, walking, dancing or just taking in view I hope to see you on any part of the route too
If you could have anyone dead or alive heading up the parade who would it be?
Oh, lets have the Queen lead the queens. I'd even divert the route down The Mall.
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