Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Contacts and Committee

Contact information and Committee Network roles.


If you have any questions about the Network  or are interested in becoming a member, please:

Email: staffpridenetwork@ed.ac.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/UoEStaffPride

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UoEStaffPride

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uoestaffpride

Staff Pride Network Committee

The Network Committe consists of the followng roles and their office bearers:

Co-chairs (x2)

Jonathan MacBride 

Katie Nicoll Baines



Deputy Co-Chair Danielle Marlow she/her
Treasurer Alain Kemp he/him
Bi+ Rep Cathy Naughton she/her
Communication and Media Officer Robert Court he/him
Social and Events Officers

David Murphy 

Siobhan Carroll



Support and Mentoring Alex Solomon she/her
Disabilities Rep Vacancy  
Trans and Non-Binary Rep Sonja Erikainen they/them
BAME Rep Zahra Massoud she/her
Research Officer Edgar Rodríguez-Dorans he/him
Ally Reps

Tara Spires-Jones

Emma Donovan



Committee Meeting Secretary Derek Williams he/him/his

Committee Biogs

Jonathan MacBride - Network Co-Chair
Jonathan MacBride, Co-Chair (he/him) - Co-Chair since the re-energising of the staff network in 2016, I maintain an enthusiastic perspective for positive change for LGBT+ staff and students at UoE. With a fantastic team of volunteers we have developed a network of >550 members and won Stonewall Scotland Network of the Year 2018. At the School of Informatics I recently joined the Graduate School administration team, having worked in the Business School PGT team since 2015. In my personal life I play squash regularly at Colinton Castle Sports Club, where I also organise an LGBT+ squash club, and chair the Scottish Squash Equality Advisory Group. I somehow found a guy who married me in 2013.  
Katie Nicoll Baines
Katie Nicoll Baines, Co-Chair (she/her) - Project Manager, Evidence Base, School of Chemistry. Katie joined the University in 2017 as a post doc in the IGMM before taking up her current post in the School of Chemistry. She is a passionate advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives – particularly those aimed at changing how systems operate that currently marginalise and exclude many people. She enjoys cooking and baking in her spare time as well as spending time with her younger siblings – playing board games, and travelling and having adventures with her partner.
Danielle Marlow SPN Deputy Co-Chair and Ally rep.
Danielle Marlow, Deputy Co-Chair (she/her)-  Development Coordinator for the Education Programme within Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility. I split my time between the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, the Western General Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children sites delivering a programme of clinical research education to a diverse community of internal and external health professionals. As well as being the Deputy Co-Chair of the Staff Pride Network Committee, I also sit on the WGH Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Athena Swan committee. I feel it’s so important for all of my colleagues to work in a safe, supportive and welcoming place where everyone can just be themselves. Outside of work I love walking my dogs through Edinburgh’s country parks with my boys and friends.   
Cathy Naughton, SPN Bi-Rep
Cathy Naughton, Bi+ Rep. (she/her) - Administrator for the Centre for Data, Culture & Society by day, Cathy joined the University as a staff member in February 2019. Cathy volunteered as Bi Rep with intentions to encourage celebration of bi+ identities among colleagues. Cathy also acts as volunteer merchandise coordinator for SPN. A writer, artist and advocate for mental health & wellbeing in her spare time, Cathy hails from Ireland originally and moved to Edinburgh in 2016 to pursue her MSc in Psychology. Her essay ‘Mood Swings & Misunderstandings’ is included in So Hormonal: A Collection of Essays on Hormones (Monstrous Regiment Publishing, 2020). Her cat’s name is Beamish.
Rob Court
Robert Court, Communication and Media Officer(he/him) - I am a PostDoc in the School of Informatics specialising in insect neurobiology. I got my PhD & MSc at Edinburgh University in NeuroInformatics after my BSc in Robotics & AI at the prestigious Bradford University. Before my adventures in academia, I worked for many years in the ‘real world’ as an Engineer in Electronics & Software design and support. Label wise I am Gay, Autistic, Humanist, Dyslexic, Prosopagnosic and have ADHD. I always have tried to do what I can to improve rights for all and am a believer in Kol-Ut-Shan.
David Murphy SPN Social and Events Officer
David Murphy, Social & Events Officer (he/him) - A qualified Intellectual Property Solicitor, Contracts Manager working in the Research Contracts, Governance and Integrity team within The University of Edinburgh’s Research Office. He is passionate about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and is always on the lookout for ways in which he can contribute to the LGBT+ community in a meaningful way. Outwith the University, he serves as Secretary of the Glass Network, the Law Society of Scotland’s advisory body on LGBT+ matters and Scotland’s organisation for LGBT+ legal professionals. In his personal life, David enjoys reading (predominantly the classics), musical theatre and travelling with his partner, Chris.
Siobhan Carroll
Siobhan Carroll, Social & Events Officer (they/them) - Siobhán works as the Administrator for CDT in Data Science in the School of Informatics and is the co-chair of the Disabled Staff Network as well as sharing the Social and Events Officer role for Staff Pride Network with David. Since joining the network they have become more of an outspoken activist for LGBTQ+ issues and want to do more to improve and promote inclusivity including bringing more exciting and diverse events to the Network with a focus on intersectionality. When not working Siobhán lives with their two cats in Edinburgh and is a writer (poet) who has been featured in a variety of places.
Alex Solomon - Social and Events Officer
Alex Solomon, Support & Mentoring (she/her) - A queer Californian from Los Angeles, Alex received her BA in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College, before completing her MA and MSc in Conservation at UCL.  She moved to Edinburgh in 2011 to complete an internship at National Museums Scotland and has lived in Scotland ever since. Student Support Officer by day and amateur musician by night, in her spare time Alex enjoys cooking, crafting, reading horror novels, and co-running the School of Social and Political Science’s Community Choir.
Alain Kemp - SPN Treasurer

Alain Kemp, Treasurer (he/him) - Laboratory manager at the Edinburgh Cancer Research UK Centre, Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine. I joined the University of Edinburgh as a research assistant in 2012. I enjoy facilitating other people's research, helping to resolve their experimental issues while keeping them safe, which led to my current post as lab manager, assisting a dozen research groups in ECRC. Having witnessed how management decisions can negatively affect close LGBT+ colleagues and friends, I have become determined to boost awareness of LGBT+ issues and advocate equality, diversity, inclusion and intersectionality. In my spare time, I am a bookworm, gin fiend and using my green thumb to cultivate a number of Bonsai. I am also an avid PC and board gamer, co-organising the board games group at IGMM.

Sonja Erikainen

Sonja Erikainen, Trans & Non-Binary Rep (they/them) - I am a research fellow at the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, where I study social and ethical issues in medicine, health, and sport. I am an activist as well as an academic, and much of my work is focused on the barriers that trans and non-binary people and people with diverse sex development face in their lives. These barriers are caused not just by gender binaries in society but also by other processes of exclusion including racism, national origin, and ableism, and I am keen to develop ways to combat exclusion and promote the inclusion of all genders and sexes. In addition to being queer in almost every possible way, I’m a native Finn, a sports enthusiast, a passionate sci-fi geek, and a human companion to a senior Beagle.   

Zahra Massoud, SPN BAME Rep

Zahra Massoud, BAME Rep (she/her) - I’m a PhD student based at the Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine. I studied at the University of Bristol and Imperial College London before moving to Edinburgh for my PhD. I volunteered as BAME Rep because being both mixed race and bisexual, I feel I represent some of the more marginalised groups in both BAME and LGBTQ+ spaces. I am keen to increase and improve representation of ethnic minorities in LGBTQ+ spaces in the university, as well as representation of queer communities in BAME spaces. I grew up between the USA and the UK, although ethnically I am Egyptian and Irish. Outside of work, I read a lot (I also run the SPN Book Group!) and spend far too much time involved in the local drag scene, sometimes as a fledgling drag artist but mainly as an excitable audience member.

SPN Research Officer
Edgar Rodriguez-Dorans, Research Officer (he/him) - I am a qualitative researcher and mental health practitioner interested in the study of identities, sexualities, the everyday lives of LGBTQIA+ people, and the use of performing arts in research. I have presented my work in Mexico, Spain, Canada, U.K., Malta, France, and New Zealand. I completed a PhD in Counselling Studies at the University of Edinburgh and I currently work as a Mental Health Mentor at the Student Disability Service. Two of my most recent endeavours are my role as co-host of 'Tales from the Tea Room', a podcast that touches upon the subtleties, the existential, and 'the everyday' qualities of gay men's lives, and host of the reading group 'The Everyday Lives of LGBTQIA+ People', which explores what it means to think about LGBTQIA+ people through 'the ordinary' to better understand the grand narratives that shape our existence.
Tara Spires-Jones

Tara Spires-Jones, Ally Rep (she/her) - I wear a lot of hats at the University of Edinburgh including Professor of Neurodegeneration, Deputy Director of the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, and UK Dementia Research Institute Group Leader. My lab of amazing scientists studies brain changes that cause Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, and I teach in Neuroscience courses. I am a passionate believer in the goals of the staff pride network and want to help make our University a supportive, safe, and welcoming environment for LGBT+ colleagues. Outside of work, I read a lot of science fiction novels, practice yoga, and love spending time with my human and animal family.

Emma Donovan, Ally Rep

Emma Donovan, Ally Rep (she/her) - As Modern Apprentice at the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology, I support the departments in my School with various tasks as well as working towards my second apprenticeship: Marketing Diploma. I would like to use my organising skills to support the Staff Pride Network committee and LGBT+ colleagues. It's also important to me to educate other colleagues who may not understand certain issues. Away from here, I have been a highland dancer for 17 years and I am an Assistant Leader at my local Scout group!

Derek Williams, SPN Committee Meeting Secretary
Derek Williams, Committee Meeting Secretary (he/him/his) - I am a native New Zealander, with Scottish and Irish parentage. After a long career in Australia as a teacher, composer, conductor, arranger, record producer and outspoken LGBT+ activist in education, I immigrated to Scotland to realise my dream of writing a full-scale opera about the life of Oscar Wilde, which I completed in submission for my PhD in Music Composition. Wilde is expected to receive its world première performance in 2019.  My other work crosses the genres of classical, jazz, and pop and has been performed at the Royal Albert Hall and Garrick Theatre (London), Sydney Opera House, as well as in New York and Rome. I have 27 IMDb film and television credits, and 33 Discogs album recording credits.  I joined Staff Pride Network upon its formation, for activist, research and social reasons, and am delighted by its rapid growth. My current interest lies in collaboration internationally with other university LGBT+ groups, particularly in countries where homosexuality is still criminalised.