Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Monthly highlight of our members: David Rigby, Geoffrey Watson & Jean-François Dor

David Rigby is an international keynote speaker, trainer, consultant, and executive coach.  With his team he developed a coaching and training practice focusing on behavioural preference profiling, leadership, diversity, team building, coaching, personal branding, presentation, communication and customer service. He is based in Spain and UK. He uses his communications skills as a UK radio presenter and producer and has written over 40 articles for his lifestyle column for Al Arabiya News. He established strategic partnerships with organisations in UK, Spain and Middle East.

He is a founding director of Smart Coaching & Training. Based in Bristol, UK working with a few trusted associates. He established the UAE office and team. With representation in UK, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Morocco and Middle East. We offer fundamentals: Coaching and Mentoring, Training and Development, Keynote Speaking, Talking and Writing, Consulting and Facilitation. And Specialisms:  Behavioural Preference Profiling, Psychosocial Adult Development, Diversity, Inclusion, Intercultural Globality: Diversity, Inclusion and Teams, Wellness at Work, Psychological Safety.


One our associates and fellow member was the late Dr David Clive Price and we are currently working on ways of preserving his impressive legacy. https://www.smartcoachingtraining.com/dr-david-clive-price


In his spare time David learns Spanish, plays piano, loves karaoke and sings bossa novas on the beach front with his guitarist Victor.  https://www.smartcoachingtraining.com


Geoffrey Watson:

All my books (two more in production) are available from me (contact e-mail Geoff.watson14@btinternet.com) for details – or they can be purchased direct from Amazon.co.uk

They contain photos of the ships I have seen, or worked on - together with the histories of what happened to them. The Royal Yacht Britannia features – sailing from London.


Jean-François Dor:

Not only the founder of GPN and various other Networks in the World. 

Jean-François is a Professional with Public Relations, Catering Consultancy &  Events experience.

​I get people together and make it happen.

"Life is too short to get bored"

"I am easily satisfied with the very best"

My experience in international hospitality, event management, public relations, charity and marketing with varied established contacts across these sectors worldwide allows my clients to benefit from professional expertise and be steps ahead of their competition.

Individuals or businesses: whatever your needs or budget, I contribute to your success.


Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Free LGBT+ storytelling videos for LGBT History Month


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Unlimited access to Role Model Stories: Season One!

Just a quick reminder: 6 of our Role Model Stories video resources are free for all teachers until Friday 9 April, covering LGBT History Month and TDOV.
What is Role Model Stories?
Role Model Stories: season one includes six episodes, with stories from Vicky Jane, Simeon, Mon, Barry, Richy and Simon, packed with inspiring personal stories covering a range of topics from history, intersectionality, faith and LGBT+ inclusion, gender identity, different families and more. Each video comes with a downloadable teacher resource.

The powerful messages our role models share allow teachers anywhere to educate about LGBT+ identities, the impact of bullying and how to embrace difference and include everyone. You can browse the season one library and samples here.
 Pathways to LGBT+ Inclusion
Our 'Pathways to LGBT+ Inclusion: Report’ revealed only 20% of secondary students learnt about LGBT+ identities and HBT bullying at school, while only 27% of secondary students said their school would be safe for a fellow student to come out as LGBT+.
If you've any questions, or need support using Role Model Stories, please email us here.
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Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Monthly highlight of our members: Barry Laden MBE, Darren Williams & Geoff Watson

From accountancy and journalism I moved into business, running companies in fashion retail; wholesale and manufacturing for which I have received various awards. In recent years I have enjoyed promoting my art (Saatchi Art online) and also offering consultancy services to various businesses and start-ups. I also give my time to charities especially through The Drapers' Company of the City of London where I am a Liveryman. I am available to make a difference to your business and I look forward to hearing from other GPN members to explore opportunities.

Barry Laden MBE

Darren Williams (DW) lives in Westminster and is the Founder of Williams Harding Consulting, having formally held Senior roles in a number of businesses in retail and hospitality, including Hotel Chocolat and Unilever. He is also CEO of www.scrubd.com and a Trustee at Action 4 Youth (www.action4youth.org)

Williams Harding (www.williamsharding.com) works with start-ups, expanding and distressed businesses, primarily in Retail and Hospitality but also outside of these sectors.

DW also speaks on the industry circuit as well as hosting and panel moderating at both corporate and charity events. He currently holds 2 Ambassadorial roles, being a Schools Role Model for Stonewall, and fundraising and awareness for Target Ovarian Cancer. He has run 4 London marathons and a number of other major run series for this charity.

Williams Harding also partners with a Bulgarian dog rescue centre www.helenshouseofhope.com (DW even brought one of the residents home for a new life in London).

These books are available from our member Geoffrey Watson (UK only) £15.00 each + £2.20 P&P except Ferry Good which is £20.00 + £2.20 P&P. 

E-mail Geoff.watson14@btinternet.com for details.

Outside UK please order through Amazon.co.uk

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

From our member Geoffrey Watson


These books are available from Geoffrey Watson (UK only) £15.00 each + £2.20 P&P except Ferry Good which is £20.00 + £2.20 P&P. E-mail Geoff.watson14@btinternet.com for details.

Outside UK please order through Amazon.co.uk

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

LAGLA newsletter


Dear LAGLA members,

**New Committee Members**
Following our AGM on 17 December 2020 the new committee is as follows:
Chair: Lewis Powers
Treasurer: Felicity Carroll
Secretary: David Coughlan 
General committee members:
Christina Warner, Lawrence Currie, Viene Bilodeau, Bruce Shane, Josh Ryan, Liam Bradford

**Speakers needed for panel talk of LGBT+ practioners**

4 Brick Court Chambers is looking for speakers for a panel evening they’ll be hosting online during Pride month 2021. The evening will consist of informal discussions about panel members’ experiences of working within the legal field as well as their journey to their respective careers. The panel will consist of those at all stages of qualification and all practice areas.

If you’re interested in taking part or want more information, please contact Christina Warner on christina.warner@4bc.co.ukThe deadline for registering your interest as a speaker is 10 February 2021. 

****It's A Sin******

'It's A Sin' premieres on Friday 22 January 2021 at 9pm on Channel 4. The drama, written by Russell T Davies and staring Years and Years singer and LGBTQ+ advocate, Olly Alexander, focuses on the story of the 1980s, the story of AIDS and charts the joy and heartbreak of a group of friends, across a decade in which everything changed. 

Read more about the upcoming drama 

**Blood donation rules changed**

Blood donation rules have been amended for gay and bisexual men.

Under previous rules, gay and bisexual men were not permitted to donate unless they’ve abstained from sex for three months, being treated as too risky to donate. This outdated and frankly discriminatory rule will now change, with an individualised risk-based policy being implemented.

Read further commentary here.
**Norway bans hate speech against trans and bisexual people**

The amendments to the law mean that discrimination based on “gender identity or gender expression” is now unlawful. Changes have also been made to the wording so that “homosexual orientation” has been amended to “sexual orientation”, extending protection from just lesbian and gay individuals to all sexual orientations. 

Norway's Minister for Justice said: "“It is imperative that the protection against discrimination offered by the criminal legislation is adapted to the practical situations that arise.”

Read further commentary 

**Trans teen legal battle with puberty blockers**

The High Court has recently ruled in the matter of  R (on the application of) Quincybell & A v Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust & Others, raising the threshold of Gillick competency for trans, non-binary and gender diverse young people in relation to puberty blockers and inviting the court to determine individuals' future treatment in line with their "best interests" on a case by case basis. Understandably this has been viewed as a huge setback for the trans, non-binary and gender diverse community. 

Read Mermaid's full commentary here.

**Elliot Page announces he is  transgender**

In a heartfelt letter on Instagram the actor Elliot Page announces he is transgender...read more here...

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

From our member Francois Souyri: How to create a new team in Microsoft Teams

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How to create a new team in Microsoft Teams🎦

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New how-to ℹ 2 min: How to create a new team in Microsoft Teams🎦


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