Galop welcomes new Chief Executive
Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity, is delighted to announce that Leni Morris has joined the charity as its new Chief Executive. Galop supports lesbian, gay bisexual and trans people experiencing hate crime, domestic abuse or sexual violence.
Leni joins Galop from Stonewall, where she was a Head of Events and Ambassadors, and has previously held roles at Action Against Hunger, Pride in London and Amnesty International UK.
Incoming CEO Leni Morris says:
“Serving the LGBT+ community is an honour and a privilege, and I am so delighted to be given the opportunity to work within this vital organisation at a time when the need for Galop’s services could not be more evident.
The current pandemic has only served to highlight why Galop’s work continues to be so desperately needed. With anti-LGBT+ hate crime already disproportionately on the rise in the UK, lockdown has seen same-sex households become easily identifiable targets, attacks on LGBT+ online spaces, and a decrease in confidence around reporting incidents to the police. Domestic abuse victims have experienced escalations in violence while in lockdown with perpetrators. Young people with hostile family members are in incredibly difficult situations and the numbers of those being made homeless or going missing are on the rise. Sexual violence survivors are facing even longer waiting times to go to trial, causing additional stress and anxiety in what is already a difficult and traumatic time.
Galop is playing a pivotal role in turning the tide on anti-LGBT+ violence and abuse, making the UK a more safe, just, and fair place for our communities. Galop’s direct work with victims and survivors of violence and abuse supports them during some of the hardest times in their lives. Galop’s ability to influence policy and strategy at Government level and within the Criminal Justice System is key to creating better outcomes for our community. I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be.”
Dora Gartland, Chair of the Galop, says:
“We are delighted that Leni Morris is taking up this vital role at Galop and the board very much looks forward to working with her. Leni has a passion for social justice, and has demonstrated a clear commitment to working to improve the lives of LGBT+ people through her previous roles. Under her leadership we are confident that we will see Galop build on its success and continue to provide high quality services to those in our communities who have experienced hate, abuse and violence.”
Leni replaces Nik Noone, who left Galop in June after six years as Chief Executive at the charity.