Meet the team
Charlotte (she/her) is a Liverpudlian lass who identifies as queer. Charlotte works in the Summer Programmes team as a Programme Developer, developing short-course programmes for international students at both undergraduate and pre-university level. Charlotte is obsessed with queer history, having done her BA & MA in History and her MA thesis being on the AIDS crisis in the UK and the 'Don't Die of Ignorance' government campaign. In her free time, she loves to cook & host dinner parties, attend pub quizzes, play lots of The Sims & Stardew Valley & singing (read: wailing) to ABBA and our girl Florence and the Machine after a few too many wines!
Dan identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns. They work as a Lecturer in Chemistry Education, where alongside the day-to-day delivery of lectures and labs, develops creative and innovative teaching methods to better engage our students. Dan joined the committee to help develop the LGBTQ+ community at King’s, particularly through planning social events, and also to increase awareness and action on issues faced by trans and non-binary members of staff.
Rosanna works in Student Success, developing strategy, policies and interventions to support students to positively transition in, through and out of university. Rosanna is joining Proudly King’s as an ally, keen to ensure that LGBTQ+ identities, voices and experiences are included in strategy, planning and policy at King’s. Outside of work she runs her dog’s Instagram account and is obsessed with interior design.
Professor Shintaro Okazaki
Professor Shintaro Okazaki is Chair in Marketing at King’s Business School. He obtained his PhD. from the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. Shintaro has authored over 100 articles and book chapters on advertising and marketing over his career. He also has more than 20 years industry experience, including a managerial position at a multinational corporation in Tokyo. He is looking forward to bringing more academia-focussed events to Proudly King's.
Laurence (he/him) is a born and bred Londoner (oi oi), currently working for the School of Biomedical Engineering as an Operations Officer for MAISI, a new medical device manufacturing facility. He believes that everyone should have the freedom to be their true selves especially in the workplace. He has a passion for creating safe spaces for the beautiful LGBTQ+ community (including allies) and hopes to bridge the gaps between academics and professional services across all King’s campus’. He is looking forward to contributing to all of the exciting Proudly events and states that ‘The more you interact with others genuinely with an open mind, the more you will understand them and vice versa’.
Laurence holds a 1st class BA Honours degree in theatre dance and spent many years in the performing arts industry, touring the country in many musicals including Thriller Live and has travelled the world as a dancer on cruise ships.
Laurence has now put his performing career behind him, settling down with his soon to be husband and handsome dog Diablo the miniature dachshund. If he isn’t at the gym or taking his dog for long walks, then you’ll find him binge watching true crime documentaries or watching Ru Paul, with a vino in hand.
Sean was born and raised in Sunny California, not far from San Francisco. He has lived in London for 4 years and has also lived in Paris, Berlin, and Melbourne. Sean works in Student Experience at the IoPPN. He works in Student Experience, because he likes to amplify the student voice, to make sure they are heard and enjoy their time whilst at University. Sean identifies as gay and joined the Proudly King’s committee to bring a voice to the table from those at the Denmark Hill campus. Separately from King’s, Sean teaches Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and is a Life Coach. He enjoys playing touch Rugby with friends, binge watching far too many tv shows, and spending time with his fiancé and labradoodle named Beau.
Social Media Lead
LC works in the Library at King’s, having started as a student. Their job involves helping students, staff and NHS partner trust staff make the most of our fantastic Libraries & Collections! LC hopes to raise awareness of asexuality and intersectionality through their position on the committee, as well as keeping you up to date with the latest news via our social media channels. Outside of work, LC enjoys ballet and rock climbing.
A born and bred Londoner, Kristian, who identifies as a gay man, works in the department of King’s Sport. As the Strand gym’s Operations Supervisor, he is concerned with the day to day running of the gym as well as the expansion of King’s Sport into the culture of the university. Kristian hopes to use his role in sport and wellbeing to provide engaging and beneficial opportunities and experiences within the LGBTQ+ community at King’s through the planning of social events and meetings. He also struggles to go a single day without mentioning either Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Beyoncé.
Rhiannon (she/her) is a Programme Officer and identifies as bisexual/queer. She is very excited to get involved in organising regular social events that allow a sense of belonging and acceptance for LGBTQ+ folk at King’s. Ever the nerd, Rhiannon has a large interest in academia and recently completed a master’s in social and political sciences with a focus on the Caucasus region – definitely a bit niche! Her studies have allowed her some amazing opportunities to live across the UK, as well as further afield in places such as France, Russia, and Georgia where she hugely enjoyed getting involved with the various LGBTQ+ communities. Rhiannon is an enthusiastic member of the King's Staff Choir committee and she's also part of an incredibly queer choir that regularly performs in London. When she's not singing away with her various choirs, you can find her diving into language learning, cooking up storm in the kitchen, or playing some slightly questionable bass guitar.
Dr Hannah Slack
With a passion for fostering inclusivity and belonging, Hannah is deeply committed to creating an inclusive King’s community where everyone feels valued and accepted. She is a postdoc working in the IoPPN on U-Belong; a research project that aims to develop our understanding of social connection, belonging, and loneliness among undergraduate students during their transition to university life. Hannah's academic interests reflect her dedication to understanding and addressing the unique challenges that students face, consistently striving to enhance their overall well-being.
Hannah's involvement with Proudly King's showcases her advocacy for LGBTQIA+ rights and representation. Through her role, she hopes to actively contribute to building a supportive community that celebrates diversity and empowers individuals to embrace their true selves. By working with Proudly King's, Hannah aims to shape an environment where every individual can find their place and thrive.
When not working, Hannah enjoys all things arts and crafts (e.g., crochet, sewing, and painting), as well as belly dancing, playing video games, and being surrounded by nature and animals.
Communications & Community Co-Chair
Kirsty hails from the North East of England and identifies as gay. Kirsty works in Widening Participation to empower underrepresented learners to access and succeed in higher education, which includes LGBTQ+ learners. The Proudly King’s Network has shaped Kirsty’s experience at King’s, so they are looking forward to giving back and making us a more LGBTQ+ inclusive institution. Outside of King’s Kirsty is an alum of the Stonewall Young Leader Programme, enjoys walking their dog Bobby the Whippet, cooking and binging documentaries on Netflix.
Paul works in the Widening Participation team to redress inequality in higher education. He works mainly with Key Stage 3 students from local schools, and their parents. Paul identifies as gay and joined the Proudly King’s Network help make King’s a place where all members of the LGBTQI+ can thrive. Outside of King’s, Paul likes to read, write and run. When he’s not doing any of those things, he’s drinking wine.
Dr Chris Parkes
Chris is a Senior Lecturer in History Education specializing in 20th century American history and the history of sexuality. Originally from Canada, they have lived and worked in the UK since 2007, including stints at LSE and the KCL English Language Centre (now King’s Foundations). Having come out as gay when they were 16 and non-binary at 35, Chris has been immersed in the queer community as a scholar and activist for over two decades. When not jogging, ga(y)ming, or cooking, Chris can be found as close to the beach as possible with their partner Patrick and adorable cat Kimmy.
Dr David Brining
David enjoys singing with Eltham Choral Society and other choirs. He is a keen tennis player and an avid though sometimes frustrated follower of English cricket. He looks forward to helping out with various events as part of his role on the committee.
Adam (he/him) is originally from The Wirral, in the North West of England. Over the years has also lived in America, Finland, Scotland, and China. He settled in London to complete his MA in Contemporary Culture, and wrote his thesis on the LGBTQ+ identity and how to tackle LGBTQ+ erasure. He now works as a Research Administrator in the Comprehensive Cancer Centre, supporting a team of research nurses, clinicians, and academic researchers. He is passionate about increasing the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community and ensuring LGBTQ+ staff are represented and supported in the workplace. Outside of King's, Adam is a volunteer at Queer Britain, a museum dedicated to the history and celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, and also enjoys running, bouldering, arts and crafts, and playing video games and board games.