Shaun Dellenty

Author, Multi-Award Winning LGBT+ Inclusion Advocate, Educator, Writer, Presenter,

Shaun Dellenty (1968) is nationally recognised, multi-award-winning advocate and campaigner for LGBT+ inclusion in education and communities, designated by the Independent on Sunday 'Pink List' as one of the 100 most influential LGBT people in the UK and by UK Prime Minister David Cameron as a 'leading light' in advancing LGBT+ equality. Shaun is the author of 'Celebrating Difference- A Whole School Approach to LGBT+ Inclusion' published by Bloomsbury Education May 2019. He has worked in various roles in education since 1996, including class-teacher, school leader and education consultant. Shaun is a survivor of sustained childhood homophobic bullying, experiences that caused him to exit state education early in the 1980s with the intention of taking his own life. In 2009 Shaun’s (then) London primary school pupil voice data revealed that 75% pupils were experiencing daily bullying related to LGBT+ identity. In response he ‘came out’ to his whole school community and devised a suite of training 'Inclusion For All' with the aim of empowering education contexts to facilitate positive LGBT+ inclusion and to create safer, inclusive spaces for all school stakeholders, regardless of identity. Shaun recounts his journey in school assemblies, lecture theatres and at business dinners and diversity events across the UK and abroad. Clients range from initial teacher training faculties, national education unions, faith based youth groups, to governments, banks and global businesses brands. Such was the rapid and positive impact of Shaun's training that the Department For Education, OFSTED and national press positively reported Shaun’s work, as he broke new ground in the primary sector especially. Now working independently, Shaun trains staff and speaks to students in faith and non faith primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, teacher training faculties, local authorities, hate-crime, police and anti-bullying organisations including; Amnesty UK, Stonewall, National College, NSPCC, Kidscape, Open University, Liverpool Hope, South Bank, Teach First, The Open University, Institute of Education, House of Commons and many more. Shaun has personally trained over 25,000 education professionals since 2009. He has delivered webinars, appeared on national radio and television and spoken at many high profile hate crime and anti-bullying conferences, IDAHOT events, LGBT+ Pride events and at LGBT+ history month events in the UK and abroad. He has delivered several TEDx talks. Shaun worked with EV Crowe and the production team of the play 'Hero' at the Royal Court Theatre, in part informed by observations undertaken of Shaun working with pupils in school. Shaun's work has featured in Times Educational Supplement, Leadership Focus, LDR Magazine, Teach Primary, Huffington Post, The Guardian, London Evening Standard, The Mirror, The Telegraph and more.He has written for Teach Primary magazine, The Guardian, Gay Star News, Gay Times, LDR magazine and many others. Shaun judged Amnesty International Young Journalist Award and provides training for the Amnesty Human Rights Teacher Programme. Shaun's work featured on the CBBC television series ‘Our School’. His work was recommended by the Church of England and he was named a 'Pride Hero' by members of the public in 2015. Shaun appears in the film 'After 82' to discuss the impact of HIV/AIDS in the UK. Shaun has advised on policy at the House of Commons and Lords and at cross party committees and has spoken at Inside Government. In 2016 Shaun launched an anti-homophobia schools tour 'BOY' in collaboration with HyperFusion Theatre Company, a work that was performed in UK Parliament. Shaun is currently leading on positive LGBT+ inclusion with the Isle of Man Education Department. In January 2017 the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement named Shaun on their 'Rainbow List' of LGBT allies working to promote greater understanding between faith, non faith and LGBT communities. He was also nominated for the 'Inclusive Networks Awesome 100' of inspiring people working to achieve social and professional representation for LGBT+ people in the UK. In 2017 Shaun supported the National Association of Headteachers in producing a guide for LGBT+ school based professionals. In July 2016 Shaun married his partner at the Houses of Parliament. He enjoys walking, ski-ing, nature, meditating. cooking, reading and watching very old black and white episodes of Dr Who from the 1960s. He also loves schnauzers.In a previous life he was a professional actor and corporate host. 2019 and marks Shaun's tenth year in the field of LGBT+ inclusion. Shaun was shortlisted at the 2018 National Diversity Awards in the 'Positive LGBT Role Model Category'. Selected Awards and Plaudits • May 2016 'Education Champion' at Excellence In Diversity Awards • May 2016 honoured by the Mayor of Southwark at Southwark Cathedral with Highest Civic Honour • May 2016 designated with ‘Points of Light’ status by Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street • November 2017 officially recognised by the 3 Faiths Forum for advocacy between faith, non faith and LGBT+ communities • 2013 and 2014 nomination for Royal Air Force 'LGBT Inspirational Role Model Award' Square Peg Media • 2013 and 2014 nominated as 'LGBT Inspirational Role Model' at the National Diversity Awards • 2015 nominated a 'Pride Hero' by members of the public for Pride In London 2015 • ‘Highly Commended’ at the 2015 Excellence In Diversity Awards Website Official You Tube Channel Instagram For Media, Training or Speaker Inquiries Or call dedicated booking line on 07563 701076 Linkedin