The Derek Oyston Achievement Awards
The Derek Oyston CHE Award is presented from time to "a group or individual
who has made an outstanding contribution to the aims and objectives of CHE". It
has so far been presented twice: in 2009 in conjunction with GALHA, and in 2011
in conjunction with the LGBT Consortium.
The awards are in memory of Derek Oyston of
Gateshead, who left a very generous legacy to CHE.
The Derek Oyston CHE Award 2009, in conjunction with GALHA
first recipient was Sue Sanders, for her outstanding
work for Schools Out and for
establishing and maintaining LGBT
The presentation, on
Friday the 10th of July, 2009, was part of the 30th
anniversary celebrations for GALHA (the
Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association, at the Bishopsgate Institute, London.
Accepting her award, Sue Sanders spoke of the enormous strides that had been
made since the days when teachers could be sacked simply for being gay and
commented. "I can't tell you how much it means to receive an award like this
from the community". She also paid tribute to the work of the late Paul
Patrick who had been co-chair with her of Schools Out.
The award was announced by CHE
Executive Member Griffith Vaughan Williams (left in the photo) and presented by
CHE Vice-President, the well-known broadcaster Ray Gosling
The certificate mentions the 30 years of GALHA, the 40 years of CHE, and
the 35 years of Schools Out, which has been campaigning for LGBT equality in
education since it was established in 1974, as the London Gay Teachers’
See also Schools Out's press
The Derek Oyston Achievement Award 2010–11, in conjunction with the LGBT
The 2010–11 award was presented in conjunction with the LGBT Consortium,
and went to Michael Brown, veteran gay campaigner,
shown below (right) with Ross Burgess, who presented him with the award.
The presentation, on Tuesday the 29th of March 2011, took place
at a Consortium event to launch the lgbtlondon.com website and the
LGBT Pledge for London’s
For more details see our Press
Release, and a page of tributes to Michael
Brown from people who nominated him for the award.
See the video of Michael Brown's interview
following the award.