Meet The Team

Without these people Grampian Pride wouldn't be possible.


Justine Smithies

Co Chair / Marketing & PR

Justine Melanie Smithies is proud to be a wife, a mother to 3 children, and trans. She lives in the small coastal village of Cruden Bay where she is employed as a marine electronics engineer. In December 2015, Justine was the keynote speaker at Stonewall Scotland’s workplace conference and has since spoken at various businesses and educational establishments. In her spare time, she writes for publications such as YWCA Scotland, The Glass Closet, GTenMedia and runs a support group for the LGBT+ people of Aberdeenshire called Just Be Yourself. Justine has been involved with several radio and TV productions including the BBC Scotland documentary “Transgender Love” and a documentary for the South Korean company SBS - Seoul Brodacasting System.

Deejay Bullock

Co Chair / Funding & Fundraising

Deejay worked as a pub landlord before moving into the third sector in the late 00s, establishing and leading a number of support groups. Deejay is the founder and chair of Four Pillars, Grampian’s LGBT+ Charity working to support all aspects of mental, emotional, physical and sexual health. Deejay works closely with other organisations across Grampian and currently chairs both the NELGBT+ Community Development Group and Grampian Pride. In his spare time Deejay works as a resettlement worker for Aberdeen Cyrenians, supporting individuals within the service. His expertise and vast experience makes him a valuable asset to Grampian Pride.

Paul Craggs

Volunteer and Staffing Lead

I'm Paul Craggs and I'm Volunteer and Staffing Lead for Grampian Pride. I work in the Not for Profit Sector and I'm also Branch Secretary and Equalities Officer for the Not for Profit Sector for Unite the Union. I also sit on the Scottish LGBT Committee for Unite. I was a volunteer for Gay Men's Health in Aberdeen and I have lots of experience working alongside volunteers and providing training.
I have lived in the North East of Scotland since April 2011 and I truly think Scotland is the best place on earth.
I look forward to hopefully meeting and working with you all.

Jed James Welsh

Entertainment Lead

Jed, our Entertainment lead, is 23 years old and originates from Aberdeen.
After some time travelling South East Asia and Australia, Jed relocated to Log Angeles in order to attend acting school, before returning to Aberdeen in late 2016. He currently works in the Oil and Gas sector and enjoys music, photography and rock-climbing amongst other things.

As a gay man, with many LGBTQ friends and family members, Jed is proud to be a part of Grampian Pride and believes that it is about time the region had such an event.

If you have any questions or wish to perform, please get in touch with Jed via or his social media:


Alec Matthew

Logistics & Operations

Alec has lived in Aberdeen all his life and for the past 21 years worked for Shell, currently as an IT Business Analyst. In that time he has been the co-chair of the Shell LGBT+ Employee Network and is now their Aberdeen Office Rep, he also is the secretary of the North East LGBT+ Development Group Committee. In his spare time he plays the Tennor Sax in the Dyce Committee Music Group and enjoys a bit of karaoke now and again. Alec believes that there is no reason why Aberdeen should not have its own Pride celebration where people from all walks of life, gender and sexuality come together and remember what Pride was originally all about. He also believes that this is a great way to get the community involved and working together to show the rest of Scotland that we can do it, so click on the volunteering link and get involved!

Stuart Duffy

Advisor to Grampian Pride

Stuart is the Director of one of our Founding Partners - Pink Saltire. He is an experienced multi-media journalist and businessman who oversees all news and community work for Pink Saltire. He supports Grampian Pride with strategic planning and helping ensure we reach the audiences we need to make Pride a huge success.

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