Hybrid event, IP Out

This event was the second in our series looking at the experiences of LGBTQ+ people in the context of religion.

We were kindly hosted by Allen & Overy, and the moderator was Darren Smyth (partner at EIP and member of the IP Out committee).


Our speakers were:

Rev Kate Harford

Kate is a licensed minister and European Vocational Leadership Coordinator in the Metropolitan Community Churches, and a University Chaplain in a modern university. She has a particular interest in queer theology, mental health theology and neurodivergence based on her lived experience. She has spoken about faith and her experiences in a variety of settings including local radio, the Guilty Feminist podcast, and the Student Christian Movement national gathering.

Steve Davis
BSc(Hons); mBANT
MA in HE; fHEA 

Course Leader of the Foundation in Life Sciences, and Senior Personal Tutor for the School of Life Sciences at the University of Westminster. Currently teaching Foundation & Undergrad level chemistry, and human physiology; Masters level Reflective Practice, Therapeutic Relationship, and effective communication/facilitation skills for health professionals. As an educator, my focus is around the transformational learning processes of mentoring, supervision and preceptorship; also in the value that reflective practice has in enabling people to develop into professionals capable of focused continuous professional development (CPD). I’m a bio-science trained Pagan, a practitioner of complementary therapies, and a biosciences teaching professional who grew up in the country and now live in and love the City. My personal and professional approach links science and reflective practice teaching with explorations of faith and land-based spirituality, and with thinking about the needs and processes of communities and individuals for personal growth.


Date & timings:

Wednesday 23 November 2022


18.00 – arrival and registration (in person)

18.30 – event beginning (online)

Welcome – Allen & Overy

Introduction – Darren Smyth

Discussion – panellists Rev Kate Harford and Steve Davis


19.30 – drinks and networking



London office of Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
E1 6AD


Follow-up resources:

A recording of the online part of this event is available here.

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