Dr Elly Barnes MBE

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Founder and Chief Executive of the charity Educate and Celebrate, Elly Barnes was given an honorary degree in 2022.

An experienced educationalist, Elly began LGBT+ inclusive work in 2005, setting up their own school as a Diversity Training Centre in 2010 offering LGBT+ training, CPD and resources to schools and organisations nationally. They were voted No: 1 in The Independent on Sunday’s Rainbow List 2011 for their commitment to LGBT+ in education and awarded a ‘highly commended’ by the TES ‘Teacher of the Year’ 2012 and DIVA Activist of the Year 2018.

A Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, Barnes was awarded an MBE in 2016 for their services to education, equality and diversity. They hold an MA in inclusive education from Goldsmiths and are a regular keynote speaker, consultant, researcher, writer and presenter.