Ayla Holdom has also been elected as Vice Chair, working jointly in the role alongside Jean Vianney Cordeiro


Catherine (Cat) Dixon has officially been appointed as the Chair of the LGBTQIA organisation Stonewall. The former Vice Chair is Stonewall’s longest-serving trustee, and her appointment will ensure that Stonewall can continue to support the LGBQTIA community in all walks of life. 

This news follows Iain’s Anderson’s appointment by the Shadow Business Secretary to conduct an independent review of how Government and business can work together more effectively.

“I am incredibly proud to be appointed as Chair of Stonewall’s Board of Trustees and committed to working hard to secure the freedom, equity and release of potential for all LGBTQIA people,” Cat said. “As an Army Officer who served when it was a crime to be LGBTQIA in the armed forces, I have experienced discrimination and hate, and I am forever grateful to Stonewall for the role it played in getting the ban to lifted.”

She continued: “It is tackling the ongoing injustices, discrimination, and violence against LGBTQIA people that drives me to serve our communities through Stonewall, and I will do my best to provide inspirational and supportive leadership to Stonewall as it continues, with its partners, to fight for the rights of LGBTQIA people and to win hearts and minds to get the UK back on track as the world leader for LGBTQIA equality.”

“I want to thank Iain on behalf of the Board, for his leadership over the last year, and for his longstanding and ongoing support of Stonewall and the wider LGBTQIA community.”

Ayla Holdom has also been elected as Vice Chair, working jointly in the role alongside Jean Vianney Cordeiro. Ben Whur has also been appointed the Managing Director of Stonewall. 

Iain Anderson said: “I am proud to have served as Stonewall’s Chair over the last year and will continue to support as a Stonewall Ambassador for the charity which has made such a huge difference in my life. I am confident Cat will continue to provide Stonewall with excellent organisational leadership. I am proud to stand for and with all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people and will continue to champion our communities’ rights and potential in everything I do.”

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