Jayne Ozanne is a prominent gay evangelical who works to ensure full inclusion of all LGBTI Christians at every level of the Church.
She is Director of the Ozanne Foundation, which works with religious organisations around the world to eliminate discrimination based on sexuality or gender in order to embrace and celebrate the equality and diversity of all.
On March 17th 2019 she was appointed to join the government’s LGBT Advisory Panel. On March 11th 2021 she resigned from the Panel, highlighting the increasingly “hostile environment” for LGBT+ people and the lack of progress towards a ban on “conversion therapy”.
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. In 2017 she led a debate on the dangers of Conversion Therapy within the Church of England, which resulted in them calling on the government to ban it. 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 Study 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.