Jayne Ozanne is a leading gay evangelical who works to ensure full inclusion of all LGBTI Christians at every level of the Church. Having been a founding member of the Archbishops’ Council for the Church of England (1999 – 2004) she is now once again a member of General Synod where she is involved in campaigning for a range of issues – particularly the poor and the marginalised. She is actively engaged through her writings and broadcasts in helping the Church develop and promote a positive Christian ethic towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.
Following a career in international marketing, where she managed many well-known household brands – such as BBC Television, Fairy Liquid and Kleenex - Jayne has worked as a strategic consultant to the charity sector. As such she has set up two charities for Canon Andrew White, the Foundation for Reconciliation in the Middle East, and Baroness Caroline Cox, the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust. In addition, she has overseen fundraising for large non-governmental organisations such as Oxfam GB, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
Jayne has academic qualifications from both the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. In order to mark her success as the first British national on the Foreign Service Programme at the University of Oxford she was invited to continue on as a Visiting Research Fellow, and conducted research in International Relations and Religion. She has served on the Steering Committee of Trinity Theological College, Bristol and the Advisory Council of the International Centre for Reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral.
In January 2016 Jayne orchestrated a letter signed by over 100 senior Anglicans to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York regarding the Church’s treatment of LGBTI Christians. This resulted in a full apology by Archbishop Justin at the 2016 Primates Meeting. She is committed to modelling Good Disagreement with those with whom she holds differing views, and has created a variety of platforms to enable people to discuss their differences – the most recent of which is a weekly blog, ViaMedia.News with a range of senior Anglican guest contributors.