New leader for LGCM announced
THE LESBIAN and Gay Christian Movement has announced Tracey Byrne as their new Chief Executive at the Annual Conference and AGM last week.
In a presentation to the conference, Ms Byrne spoke about her excitement in joining the organisation.
Her previous jobs include working for the Probation Service, local authority social work and running charities supporting families.
She ‘fell in love with the Church of England’ in the 1980s, and believes that years of ‘untangling herself from her fundamentalist faith’ helped her to come out with ease when her marriage broke down and she realised ‘her next boyfriend might be a girlfriend’.
On the LGCM website, the biography of their new Chief Executive ends: “Tracey and Sandy now live in Nottinghamshire with their two pugs, Agatha and Hiro, and they worship in their parish church.
“Of her move to LGCM, Tracey says, ‘this is an enormous privilege for me, because LGCM feels as if it’s always been in my life. From my early days in Stepney when we worked closely with St Botolph’s while Richard [Kirker, a previous Chief Executive] was there, I know what amazing work they’ve done, at some of the darkest times for the gay community.
“So it’s a tough act to follow, but one I’m looking forward to immensely.”