Gemma grew up in an armed forces family in Herefordshire, where her father served in the special forces. After training as a sound engineer and working for Sony Music, she realised her passion was working in the charitable sector. She has worked for a variety of statutory and charitable organisations, including the NHS, local authorities, Citizens Advice and Age UK.
Gemma developed and managed an Age UK wellbeing service for older armed forces veterans and their families across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, including a veterans dementia meeting centre, outreach support, community social opportunities and has helped develop equality and diversity training. She has been a voluntary member of the Hereford veterans support centre management group and is an active member of local armed forces covenant partnerships, contributing to local armed forces needs assessments.
Gemma is passionate about taking a personalised, community approach that focuses on people’s strengths, to empower those who have faced adversity, discrimination, or been disadvantaged.
In her free time, Gemma enjoys creative writing, photography, playing the guitar, and walking on the Malvern Hills. She lives with her two teenage daughters and Burmese cat, Koichi.
Pride events for the region have ended for this year. We will try and get involved in as many local 2024 prides as we possibly can and it would be great if you could come along and support us. We will let you know of details as we get information and post them here and in our Newsletter.