The Committee

The committee were elected on 25th July 2015, and will serve a on year term until our next AGM in June 2016. To contact any of the committee, please use the form.

Simon Gray
Simon has been involved with community organisations ranging from local youth groups, university societies, charitable committees and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

As a Spurs fan since a child, Simon could never have dreamed that one day he would be given the opportunity to play a part in shaping the social attitudes of the club.Over the past year Simon has worked with the committee to create the strategy for the Proud Lilywhites, develop the core messages which we put out to press and media to raise awareness of our work, and acted as a sounding board for many initiatives and events which have been successfully delivered by the team.

As Co-Chair Simon aims to play a wider role in increasing engagement from our membership, and encouraging more people to take a role in helping to run Proud Lilywhites.  Simon is also looking forward to working with the elected committee on more social and campaigning events.

Chris Paouros
Chris has been Co-Chair of the Proud Lilywhites for the last year, helping establish the organisation as one of the leading lights in the LGBT Supporters Group movement.

As Chair of #PrideinFootball, the alliance of LGBT football fan groups, she has forged excellent relationships with other fan groups and ‘industry’ organisations such as Kick It Out, Football V Homophobia, the FSF, Women in Football, the FA and the Premier League.

There is still plenty to do and, as always, Chris is eager to play a key role and to get the job done as effectively as possible.  Priorities for this season include developing the Proud Lilywhites and working in a more integrated way with the Club and the Community Foundation on training and education in order to continue the work of ridding football of all discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity.

Richard Bielby
Richard has been a Gay Football Supporters Network member for around 15 years and has been involved as a player and administrator in a number of London based LGBT sports teams.

His experience together with communication and stakeholder skills developed in both his professional and voluntary career will be a great asset in this role with the Proud Lilywhites.

Tanya Dunne
Tanya is the Head of Central Communications for a youth charity – The Challenge – the largest provider of the National Citizen Service (NCS).  As a firm believer in volunteering, Tanya has served as a school governor a Samaritan and is volunteer Director for Freedom Personal Safety and a business mentor for a community interest company.

In this role Tanya brings her extensive financial and budget management skills, including managing revenue streams from services and grants and managing operational and project budgets.

As a life long supporter of Spurs, but growing up in a family of Arsenal and Man United fans, Tanya’s first game at the Lane was in 1989/90, her second was with the Proud Lilywhites: “The group gave me the confidence to attend a match, the atmosphere was amazing and I felt part of the Spurs LGBT family straight away”

Chris Painter  Awaiting biog
Philip Barber Growing up in Haringey and attending Spurs matches since 1993, the opportunity to help bring Spurs fans together who happen to be LGBT is something Philip is thrilled to help foster.

In our first season memorable tips to Aston Villa and Fiorentina were organised, including pre- and post-match drinks and dinners, sightseeing, watching the mighty Spurs win away (once!) and meeting with local LGBT supporter groups.

For those who haven’t been able to travel to away matches before, the Proud Lilywhites away trips have been a great way to make new friends and to see Spurs in an easy-going and relaxed atmosphere.

Philip looks forward to hosting more exciting events in far-flung destinations during the coming campaign, be they Berlin, Belgrade, Bilbao, or Bournemouth.

 Mark Belton  Awaiting biog
 Mogi Natsagdorj  Awaiting biog
Emily Macaulay MBE I have supported Tottenham Hotspur all my life, my Dad (a season ticket holder on the Shelf Side) having started my passion by smuggling me through the turnstiles when it was terraced standing.

In my working life I have worked beyond my day job to improve LGBT equality in the workplace predominantly through involvement with staff support networks. I was elected Chair of the Gay Police Association and in this role the strategic and day to day changes we made for all LGBT colleagues, but also our straight allies, saw my work recognised with an MBE for services to equality and diversity in Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2014.

I am keen to use my knowledge and enthusiasm for equality to help progress to work of the Proud Lilywhites, for the club I love but also football more widely. I am a strong organiser and public speaker, I use social media regularly and am a casual blogger.

I would be pleased to work with the Committee supporting developing relationships with the Club, other supporters networks, the FA and improve strategic equality, whilst also contributing to activities targeting supporters and more grassroots areas.