Cath Elms is the co-chair of the LGBT+ Staff Network, a Network group for staff who identify as LGBT+. The Network hosts social events, networking opportunities, workshops and training, as well as providing confidential information and guidance on LGBT+ issues. She recently organised a suite of university-wide events to celebrate LGBT History Month, including a free film screening, a panel discussion event, and exhibits of famous LGBT people throughout history.
Cath works part-time as the Equal Opportunities Assistant, where she provides admin support, web support, training, and guidance with equality and diversity events, initiatives and projects across the university. Cath is passionate about LGBT, gender and disability equality, and her favourite aspects of her role are those that focus on these areas.
Cath graduated in 2011 with a BA Hons in Theology from the University of Nottingham, where her work focused on feminist and queer liberation theologies. While at university, she volunteered extensively with the Women’s Network as the Media Officer, as well as being an active member of the LGBT Network. Upon returning to Swansea, Cath co-founded the Swansea Feminist Network, a community group that holds gender equality training and events, and fundraises for local women’s charities. Cath worked as the Network secretary for 4 years, as well as the editor of the SFN magazine, Pandora Press.
Outside of work Cath is an accomplished rock pianist and singer-songwriter, with 2 EPs to her name and currently working on recording her third. She performs regular gigs in the Swansea music scene, and some of her biggest achievements in her music career include performing in front of 1000 people at Parc Y Scarlets, performing a women’s music festival in 2014, and overcoming her overwhelming shyness in order to kickstart a music career. She blogs about life as an introverted musician at www.catherinelms.co.uk.
Cath identifies as bisexual, a feminist, a multipotentialite, and an introvert. She always strives to grow and develop as a person, and is very interested in lifestyle design, self-help, and self-education.
She is a voracious reader and writer and has been publishing her own fanzines about a variety of topics for years. When not performing music at venues across the country, keeping fit, reading, writing, making fanzines or binge watching Netflix, Cath enjoys hanging out with her small circle of close family and friends.
LGBT+ Staff Network website: http://bit.ly/LGBTSwanseaUni
LGBT+ Staff Network Twitter: @LGBTSwanseaUni