Stonewall appoints next chief executive

Nancy Kelley, deputy chief executive of the National Centre for Social Research, will join the LGBT equality charity next month

Nancy Kelley
Nancy Kelley

Stonewall has appointed the deputy chief executive of the National Centre for Social Research as its next chief executive.

Nancy Kelley will join the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality charity next month from NatCen, where she also holds the title director of the policy research centre. 

She succeeds Ruth Hunt, who stepped down from Stonewall in August after 14 years with the charity, including five as chief executive.

Kelley previously worked at the Department for Work and Pensions and before that held policy and research roles at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Refugee Council and Barnardo’s.

She said: “Over the past 30 years we have made amazing strides towards LGBT equality in the UK, driven by the work of LGBT+ activists and millions of everyday acts of bravery and pride.”

But she said deep inequalities were still experienced by LGBT+ people around the world. 

“We need to continue to fight for a world in which every lesbian, gay, bi and trans person is safe and free to be themselves,” she said. 

“This is a world that Stonewall and all our allies stand ready to fight for, and I am very excited to be a part of that work.”

Sheldon Mills, chair of Stonewall, said Kelley was an outstanding leader who would be transformational for the charity. 

“Nancy brings a huge wealth of experience, along with an unwavering passion for Stonewall, our work and the communities we support,” said Mills. 

Paul Twocock, who has been interim chief executive of Stonewall since Hunt’s departure, will return to his substantive position of director of campaigns, policy and research when Kelley joins the charity on 1 June.

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