Trinity LGBT Staff Network Committee

Our committee acts on behalf of the members to lead the organisation and promotion of our activities. The Network is fundamentally community driven and all members are encouraged to pitch in and contribute to our activities at all levels.


joel mckeever


Joel is the Student Engagement Officer in Trinity Careers Service. He joined Trinity in 2014 and has previously worked with Academic Registry and the Office of Global Relations.

Joel graduated from the School of English at Trinity, with a focus on queer theory and science fiction. He was previously the Auditor (Chair) of Q Soc, Trinity’s student LGBT Society and is a member of the Emerald Warriors, Ireland’s LGBT inclusive rugby club. Joel is an avid reader, aspiring baker and stubborn owner of two very patient cats.

Joel has a deep and abiding grá for the LGBTQ community in Dublin and particularly in Trinity, with its long history of creativity, trailblazing and grassroots communal action. His ambition for the Network is to help every LGBTQ staff member feel engaged with their colleagues, valued professionally and personally within Trinity and the wider queer community. 

He aims for the Network to raise the standard of  staff engagement in the running of the university, and develop our involvement in national activism to equal that of any Trinity endeavour.


Eimear Leonard


Eimear is the HR Partner to the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. She joined Trinity in 2014 in the Resourcing Team of Human Resources.

Eimear is particularly interested in politics, psychology & sociology. She currently serves as the Secretary to the TCD LGBT Staff Network, volunteers with the LGBT community & you can see her at all the usual marches. In her spare time, she most enjoys live music and thinking about going to the gym, but watching a good boxset instead. If you want to get her undivided attention, bring up RuPaul’s Drag Race or Sleater-Kinney!


clair battle


Clair is a Training and User Communications Officer in I.T. Services. She joined Trinity in 2015, working previously in the Service Team, Academic Registry.

Prior to joining Trinity, Clair has worked in media and education, with a background including both university lecturing and Montessori teaching.

She graduated with a BA in European Studies from University of Limerick and it was there she discovered the importance of networks for LGBTI people. While in UL she founded the student LGBTI Soc, “Out in UL”. From a membership of 3 in the dark ages of 1996 the society gave a safe space to network and honour the unique view and input of LGBTI students and staff. Clair is really looking forward to making the Trinity LGBT Staff Network a vibrant part of Trinity life.

evan blake

committee member

Evan works as a Medical Intern Officer, joining the School of Medicine in Trinity in 2014. With a strong background in Sports & Community Development, as a committee member Evan strives to build a platform of engagement and diversity through successful and meaningful planning and events. His goal is to see the profile of Trinity's LGBT Staff Network grow not just internally amongst our staff, but to resonate with external stakeholders with the aim to elevate us as a national leader in best practice for consultation, engagement and advocacy for those who associate themselves with the LGBT+ community within an community centred employee framework.

Evan loves the outdoors, swimming, volleyball and hanging with  friends. He has come to love Dublin in the time that he have been living and working here, and is looking forward to discovering more as time goes on. 


tom brace

event co-ordinator

Tom is a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of History. Tom has a varied background across Ireland. From 1963 to 1968 employed as a factory labourer in Partician’s Clothing Factory and From 1968 to 1989 he served in the Irish Army at the rank of Company Quartermaster Sergeant, including periods of service overseas with UNFICYP.
He left in 1989 after 21 year’s service to attend TCD as a mature student, graduating B.A. (Mod.)  English/History. From 1993 to 2008 Tom worked as a Civil Servant in the Department of Finance, primarily employed in the EU Programmes Division with the grade of Assistant Principal. He returned to TCD in 2011 for a M.Phil in Modern History. Tom is a committee member of the LGBT Staff Network and assists with the planning and execution of our events, working with other university networks and meeting new members. His hobbies include cinema, theatre and hill-walking.

open committee positions

There are several open positions on the Network committee if you're interested in getting involved! Remember - you don't need extensive prior experience; we actively encourage members of all backgrounds to contribute.


Our current open positions are Co-Chair and Committee Member. More information on these positions is available in our terms of reference.