Executive Officers


Jess Frieze (she/her)


Hi, I’m Jess and I’m this year’s President! I’m a third year English and Education student at St Chads and I’m super excited to work to make the LGBT+a the very best it can be. Being Northern, I’m always happy to have a chat and a cuppa, and you can contact me at president@durhamlgbta.org.uk, find me on Facebook or stop me any time you see me around. I run an office hour on Thursdays from 6-7pm, where anyone is welcome to come and talk to me about how we run the Association, any way in which you would like to get involved or have your say- or if you would just like someone to listen if you’re having a problem of any kind.

My role as President is to organise, delegate and represent the exec team to ensure that Durham is as welcoming an environment for LGBT+ students as possible. This year I want to focus on engaging all students and letting people know that everyone can get involved with liberation and activism at Durham in whatever capacity they want– or just have fun and attend some great social events! This includes working more closely with college reps and our newly formed Autonomous Trans Campaign as well as identity reps, who will now hold regular caucuses and informal meetings. I also sit on the University Equality and Diversity Team and carry the Association’s voting card at the Student Union Assembly.

Since I was elected I have been working on expanding opportunities for socials and campaigns that are intersectional and accessible, such as a club night at the SU, a programme of visiting guest speakers, and plenty of discussions and workshops on issues you want to tackle. I’m also working with other university LGBT+ Associations as part of the North East Liberation and Northern LGBT+ Networks, to make our activities bigger and better than ever!

The LGBT+a is always here for you and we would love you to get involved in any way. I will try my hardest this year to make your Association, and time at Durham, as caring, enjoyable and liberated as it can be.

Sam Johnson-Audini

Vice President (Undergraduate)

J Smith

Vice President (Postgraduate)


Alexandra Faye Thomas (She/Her)

Steering Officer

Hi, I'm Alexandra, a Mathematics student, and your Steering Officer. I'll be the one sending you emails, taking minutes of both exec and general meetings, and I'll also be working on this website, keeping it up to date with information, and making everything more readily accessible. I'm also one of the exec in charge of monitoring our email, so if you have any questions or ideas, feel free to email us at association@durhamlgbta.org.uk.

Anne Josephine Strobel

Finance and Sponsorship Officer

Joe Dharampal-Hornby

Welfare Officer

Izzie Cheshire

Assistant Welfare Officer

Position Vacant

Social Secretary

Elijah Hall

Campaigns Officer

Position Vacant

Assistant Campaigns Officer

Mary Wohrle

Publicity and Media Officer

Position Vacant

Queen's Campus Officer