Introduction

Oxford Pride is a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer life in Oxfordshire.

The events supporting or arranged by Oxford Pride promote awareness of LGBT issues by providing information, education and entertainment in a safe and encouraging environment.

Oxford Pride is a membership based charity run by a dedicated team of volunteers.

The Management Committee

The Board of Oxford Pride is elected by the membership and anyone can stand for a vacant position regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. Those standing for a Trustee position must not be disqualified by law from acting as a trustee. You can't be a trustee if you: have an unspent conviction for an offense involving dishonesty or deception; currently declared bankrupt; subject to bankruptcy restrictions or an interim order; have an individual voluntary arrangement to pay off debts with creditors; disqualified from being a company director; previously been removed as a trustee by either the Charity Commission or the high court due to misconduct or mismanagement. Trustees are elected for a term of office of up to 2 years from date of the previous Annual General Meeting; this excludes the Chair, Secretary and Treasurer who are elected annually. Anyone wishing to stand for a vacant position should get in touch with the Chair.

Directors & Trustees

Officers

Membership

By becoming a member of Oxford Pride you show commitment and support to our activities, membership also gives you voting rights at meetings and allow you to stand as a Committee Member. To become a member of Oxford Pride Group, simply print & complete the membership form below and return it to our postal address with a cheque payable to Oxford Pride for £1 or you're welcome to attend our next meeting, usually held at 7pm on the third Tuesdays at Oxford Town Hall.. For further information please contact the Secretary.

Download Membership Form

Governance

Trustees provide an essential and legal requirement for all charitable organisations. Trustees are recruited to take overall responsibility of the organisation, ensuring that the charity delivers its charitable aims and works within both recommended and legal guidelines. Further information on the requirements and responsibilities of a Trustee can be found on the Charity Commission for England & Wales website - http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/trustees-staff-and-volunteers/trustee-role/becoming-a-trustee/

We are looking for a strong, dynamic, driven individual to drive Oxford Pride forward and ready for the future. You should have a good understanding of what the role of a Trustee entails and its importance to the governance of the organisation.

Ideally you will come from a professional or business background in the voluntary, public or private sector and have organisational and management experience. A background in fundraising, finance, corporate sponsorship, working with community groups or young people would be particularly useful to complement the current skills base of the board.

Trustees meet on a 2-monthly basis between 18:00 and 18:45 on the 3rd Tuesday of the month and Management Committee meetings every 3rd Tuesday of the month between 19:00 and 21:00. We ask that prospective Trustees are able to commit themselves to at least 5 of the 7 Board of Trustees meetings and 10 of the 12 Management Committee meetings.

For further information please contact Chair or please download an application pack and return to:

Paul McGinn
Oxford Pride Group Ltd
Flat 5 Hawridge Mews
6-8 Stockmore Street
Oxford OX4 1FQ

History

On Spring bank holiday 2002 to celebrate the Queen's golden jubilee, the gay pubs Jolly Farmers and Castle Tavern held a street party on Paradise Street with barbecues, games and entertainment. When far more people turned up than expected it prompted many people to talk of a organising a Pride festival in Oxford. On 3rd May 2003, Oxford saw its first ever Pride Event, held in Oxpens Field.

The Oxford Pride Event moved from May to July in 2005, then in 2009 the date was changed to early June to encourage more involvement by university staff and students.

In 2008 Oxford Pride expanded to include the Oxford Pride Parade; starting in the city centre the Parade went past the gay pubs and continued on to the event.

Oxford Pride continued to expand and develop in 2009 with the introduction of a 10-day art & culture festival with events produced by Oxford Pride plus local organisations, businesses and individuals.

Oxford Pride continues to provide a positive focus for Oxfordshire individuals and community groups and encourages people from outside of Oxford to visit the city.

In March 2013 Oxford Pride received registered charity status.

Oxford Pride successfully relocated to the city centre in 2015, returning to Paradise Street and expanded into the Oxford Castle Quarter.

Founding Members

Aiden Walters, Andi Whiting, Andy Garlick, Dave Hill (Secretary to 2007), Jill Rayner, Karl Andrews, Lara Hartley, Lulu Hudson, Mark Holton, Mark Whittaker, Michael Spurling, Sarah Scarrott, Spike, Steve Atkins (Castle Tavern), Toby Warner and Paul Stewart (Treasurer 2004 to 2007).