Colin Macfarlane, Director, Stonewall Scotland
Colin Macfarlane is the Director of Stonewall Scotland. Colin provides day-to-day leadership and management of the Scottish operations of Stonewall, leading the continued growth of Stonewall Scotland's national profile and programmes. Colin represents Stonewall Scotland across the public policy domain, to the media, government, employers, public services and the LGBT community.
Before joining Stonewall, Colin was Head of Communications for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and prior to that as Policy and Public Affairs Officer for the Disability Rights Commission.
Mridul Wadhwa, Manager, Forth Valley Rape Crisis Centre
Mridul Wadhwa has worked in the Violence against women sector in Scotland since 2005. Mridul has campaigned for equal rights for women with no recourse to public funds. As a worker in the Rape Crisis movement, she has worked with colleagues to ensure that the movement is welcoming to LGBTI people.
Mridul first arrived in Scotland in 2004 and as a migrant trans woman, she believes that the experience of being a migrant in the UK has been far more disempowering than her experience of being trans in India. Mridul is married, with an adopted child and loves a sari.
Rishi Madlani, Sustainable Finance Lead and Global Co-Chair of the RBS Rainbow Network, RBS
Rishi Madlani has worked for RBS for over a decade across the London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt offices. In his day job, Rishi leads Sustainable Finance for RBS which covers all the bank’s activities in supporting the transition to a lower carbon economy. Rishi is the Global Co-Chair of the RBS Rainbow Network, the staff network for LGBT staff and allies.
Outside the office, Rishi helped establish Foxes Pride, the LGBT supporters association for Leicester City Football Club which seeks to improve LGBT experiences around football. He is also a trustee of Opening Doors London, the older people's LGBT charity. Additionally, Rishi serves as an elected Councillor in Camden, representing Bloomsbury ward, and is one of now 11 openly LGBT representatives of the Borough.
Stevie Maybanks, Local Support Officer Crew Manager, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
Stevie Maybanks is a Local Support Officer and Trainer for Scottish Fire & Rescue Service. She has spent the last 30 years in the outdoors and the fire service coaching and developing people to reach their full potential.
She is a passionate, visible trans role model both in the workplace and in society at large. She lives in an idyllic shore-side location in the Scottish Highlands surrounded by mountains and backed by oak woodlands. She shares her home and her life with her wife Jennifer and her 4 large wolf dogs.
Closing Panel - LGBTQ Young People
Darren Towers, Executive Director, Stonewall
Darren Towers is Executive Director at Stonewall. He is responsible for Stonewall’s Memberships and Empowerment programmes, including Diversity Champions, the Workplace Equality Index, and Stonewall’s personal and professional development programmes and conferences. He also oversees Stonewall’s workplace programme in Northern Ireland (a partnership with The Rainbow Project), Sport campaigns and partnerships, Global Partnerships and various operational functions.
As part of the Executive Team, Darren also works on Stonewall’s business planning and strategy development. Darren has over 22 years of experience working across a variety of corporate responsibility, sustainability, education, diversity and inclusion, and environmental fields.
Anna Asher, 3rd year Linguistic student and Treasurer for PrideSoc, University of Edinburgh
Anna is originally from London and came to Edinburgh at age 18 to attend the University of Edinburgh. She's currently a third year reading Linguistics. Since her second year, Anna has been part of the committee for the University’s LGBTQ+ Society, PrideSoc, and is currently serving as the society Treasurer.
Lise Bos, Master Student and Founder and Coordinator of Your Queer Best Friend, University of Aberdeen
Lise is a non-binary student from the Netherlands, who is currently doing a master's degree in anthropology in Aberdeen. They run a queer mentor programme for their university, as well as being part of their students’ association's Trans- and LGBTQ+ Equality Forums. They also work part-time in a cafe.
Shauna Caskie, International Support Assistant, Edinburgh College
Shauna graduated from the University of Edinburgh in July this year with an MA (Hons) in Spanish and Linguistics and entered the workplace in August. Shauna works on several projects across the International Team at Edinburgh College, supporting international students and co-ordinating visiting groups from across the world.
Finn MacMillan, Mathematics Student, Open University
With experience studying and working in the arts, heritage and construction sectors, Finn has worked for art galleries, a medieval castle and as a Stonemason. His next step is Mathematics which he currently studies at the Open University alongside working part-time and volunteering for Stonewall Scotland.
Sam Teale, PrideSoc President, University of Edinburgh
Sam is a student in the third year of an integrated Masters, in Mathematical Physics, at the University of Edinburgh. They're also the current President of PrideSoc - The University of Edinburgh LGBTQ+ Society. Sam identifies as Queer and Non-Binary. Currently, they're starting to work out what career they are going to go on to do after graduating.