Our Staff

We have 20 full and part-time staff, and 4 counselling volunteers. Our counsellors and trainers are all lesbian, gay or bisexual and are all fully qualified or in the final part of their training. The organisation is headed by its Chief Executive Officer, Tim Franks and is governed by a Board of Trustees.

Tim Franks - Chief Executive

PACE Chief Executive, Tim FranksTim's involvement with the lesbian and gay community began over 20 years ago when he joined GLYP (Gay and Lesbian Young People) in Nottingham. This was an unfunded peer run youth project where Tim became active as a steering group member, peer befriender and eventually chair. Later he set up a Nottingham Trent University LGB Soc.

After a first degree in English Literature and Linguistics Tim trained as a Lawyer with special interests in Employment, Immigration and Welfare rights. After completing the Post Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course in 1994 he worked for, set up and managed a range of services for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals. With Simon Wright he created the gay men's outreach project in Nottingham. Its work included sexual health outreach in commercial and street based environments, group work, and community development across the city. He founded the Nottingham LGBT Forum and was a founder member of the Nottingham Pride Committee. Tim has lectured in Lesbian and Gay studies courses at Nottingham Trent University including Representing AIDS a cultural studies course on the HIV epidemic and an MA course in Queer Cinema.

He moved to London in 1999 where he became the youth service manager at The Metro Centre. He expanded the service from 2 groups to 5 and introduced a youth counselling project, youth forum, a schools work programme and family therapy. After a spell in commissioning at Greenwich DAAT he became CEO at PACE in 2007.

Catriona Cormack - Operations Manager

Catriona has 15 years experience of working in the voluntary sector both as a manager and as a frontline delivery worker. Her work has included working with rough sleepers in Central London, managing and working within mental health day centres including a couple of MIND organisations, and in conjunction with the South London & Maudsley and Oxleas Mental Health Trusts, establishing a range of LGBT specific mental health services for the Metro Centre in SE London.

Anthony Johnson - HIV Prevention Service Manager

Anthony is the HIV Prevention Services Manager for PACE. He manages the PACE group-work programme and OUTZONE, the gay/bisexual mens' youth group (under 25's). Anthony has been involved with PACE for over 12 years, starting as a volunteer counsellor. Prior to his current role, he was the PACE Sexual Health Counsellor. He has also been the Counselling Manager for London Friend. Anthony holds a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and is a graduate of the Metanoia Institute. He works widely in the field of personal growth and runs his own private counselling practice. He is an Associate of Pink Therapy and has worked for a number of agencies specialising in addiction issues supporting lesbians and gay men.

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