The Rainbow Families committee members are:

Sharon Criptoph – Chair

Hi, I’m Sharon. My partner and I have a seven-year-old daughter

We have been members of Rainbow Families since moving to Hove in 2015.

I work as a freelance human rights consultant.

We love the social aspect of Rainbow Families, and particularly enjoy the annual camping trip, Pride and the adult social events.



Helen Trevorrow – Treasurer


Jenny Thompson – Secretary


A relatively new member to the Rainbow Family group after my partner moved from Bexhill to Brighton.

I work in Worthing in a Sixth Form College and I am really looking forward to being the Co-Chair and helping to make a difference over the coming weeks and months




Lesley McCune – Co-Chair & Older Children’s Activities


Lesley is the co-chair of Rainbow Families. She and her partner joined Rainbow Families shortly after their son was born in 2010, and added a daughter to their family in 2012. She has been involved as a committee member in one role or another since joining the group and loves every minute of it. She says “We love the diversity and friendliness of the families within the group and the chance it gives our children to see families just like our own”.

Outside of Rainbow Families Lesley works in publishing and continues to strive towards writing that next great novel

Project Leads:

Rosie Hayes – Soft Play Team


Rosie organises our soft play meet ups.

She is married to Dawn and they have a little girl Ella-Rae.

They moved to Brighton from London two years ago and have made lots of great friends in Rainbow Families.






Sue Pickerill – Soft Play Team

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Alan Harman – Older Kids Activities / Dads

AlanI have lived in Brighton for three years after having a long association with the city after my partner went to university here. We have two children and we joined Rainbow Families to let them meet other children with families just like ours.

We are planning to organise more events for the older children in the group so any suggestions you have please let me know! I am also keen to try and encourage more dads to the group – so if you know any dads that don’t know about us please get them to join up!


Liz Wilson – Under 5’s Meet

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Gabby Schofield – Adult Socials & Christmas Party

Hi. I am Gabrielle and I joined Rainbow Families in 2016, I moved to Brighton with my wife and twins from London, I work as a nutritionist and a chef.
We love Rainbow Families and have made some great friends within the group, I feel it’s really important to keep it going, we love attending events and meeting new people.

Lisa Harvey-Messina – Camping Coordinator

A big part of why myself and partner of 24 years moved to Brighton was to bring up a Rainbow Family. We have been members even before we moved from Staffordshire 10 years ago! We have not been disappointed and some 3 children later the ties to the group remain strong and indeed grounding for us all.

I have spent long periods as Chair and committee member over the years and seen the group grow in membership and activities. What underpins it all though is a desire for us all as Rainbow Families to acclimatise ourselves as parents and children with likeminded soon to become friends. Whilst we have had moments of vast ambition for the group (which no doubt we could achieve with more time!) above all it is an extended support and social network that can share experiences, ideas and come together for fun and relaxing times in the San Francisco of England!

I am now really an honorary committee member focusing my input on the annual summer camping trip and Xmas party but equally always happy to jump in if needed. In that vein, that would be my final plea, in that we all give a wee bit of time to keep this whole family going, growing and representing so much more than just soft play and BBQs but equally, sometimes just that!

Kate Everall – Website

img_6908Kate and her wife joined Rainbow families in 2015 after giving birth to their son in April.

In 2016, Kate became a committee member and her role includes being part of the communications team; working primarily on the website.

Kate works full time in the public sector as well as a part time blogger.