Gendered Intelligence: Understanding diversity in creative ways

Jay Stewart and Catherine McNamara at the Trans Community Conference.

The Gendered Intelligence Team

Gendered Intelligence is made up of a host of highly skilled freelance workers who are facilitators, practitioners, youth workers, mentors, writers, researchers, trainers, educators, artists and designers, cultural commentator, social media-ites and all round talented folk. The team at GI is growing and no doubt will grow more over the coming years.

Jason Barker Jason was the artist and facilitator on the webcomic project ‘Transvengers’ with the Wellcome Trust as well as a co-facilitator on the ‘What makes your gender? – hacking into the Science museum’ project. He also was the visual documenter on the GI’s Anatomy project. More recently Jason is one of our newly appointed mentor delivering our one to one work in the South West region. Jason Elvis Barker is an award-winning filmmaker, comix artist, occasional stand-up comedian, co-producer of Transfabulous ( and a programmer of the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. He is a freelance animator and his recent clients include Central School of Speech & Drama, The British Film Institute and Galop. Jason likes corduroy, slippers and proper puddings with custard. For more about Jason’s work go to

Simon Croft Simon has been an active member of the trans community since 1997 and has been involved with GI in various roles for around 5 years. At the moment, he leads GI’s training function – promoting our training services, looking after the enquiries and delivering quite a few of the sessions too. You’ll also find him answering the e-mails and sending out the post if you order resources. As well as working for GI, Simon acts as a freelance adviser to charities and other voluntary/community organisations, specialising in governance. He is also a practising artist and has a background in commercial manufacturing as an engineer.

Dr. Sarah Davidson Dr Sarah Davidson is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS). Sarah works closely with Gendered Intelligence, supporting their mentoring scheme and contributing to various public meetings and activities. At the GIDS Sarah oversees the running of a variety of groups and Family Days, and leads on the transition to adult services. Sarah is also the Head of Psychosocial Support at the British Red Cross, where she is responsible for supporting the psychological health and well-being of the workforce involved in delivering services (in the UK and internationally). Sarah is a passionate supporter of the voluntary sector and is a Trustee on the Boards of NCB (National Children's Bureau) and Interhealth.

Publications include: Wiseman, M. & Davidson, S. (2012). Problems with Binary Gender Discourse: Using Context to Promote Flexibility and Connection in Gender Identity. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 17 Issue 4 October 2012. 529 - 538; Davidson, S. & Nzegwe, F. (2009). Working Better with Colleagues and the People We Support: Some Reflections. In British Red Cross Perspectives and Reflections on the Organisational Learning at the British Red Cross 2009. 103-107. London: Author; Eracleous, E & Davidson, S. (2009) The Gender Identity Development Service: Examples of multi-agency working. Clinical Psychology Forum, 1: 46 – 50. September. ISSN: 1747-5732.

Lee Gale Lee Gale has been working with trans communities for the past 15 years, on a local, national and international level. He co-founded TransBareAll, an organisation that works with individuals to explore topics such as body, relationships and confidence and sexual health and intimacy, as well as a local Yorkshire-wide support group for trans men. He now works with Gendered Intelligence as a facilitator of our youth group work and is a mentor. This grass roots work is his passion and has given him a varied insight into the issues and experiences trans people face. As well as working with individuals, he also delivers training and consultation for organisations including the NHS, local police and universities and has been involved in producing resources such as Living My Life and Top Tips for Working with Trans People.

Deborah Gold Deborah is Secretary on the Board of Directors at Gendered Intelligence. Deborah is the Chief Executive of the National AIDS Trust. She has worked in a number of roles previously, including as Chief Executive of Galop, which moved from being a Lesbian and Gay to an LGBT organisation in evermore meaningful and productive ways. Deborah has also worked for Stonewall Housing, Shelter and Allsorts Youth Project. In her spare time, Deborah is on also on the Board of her local CAB, and is a founding organiser of London SOUP.

Finn Greig Finn is a youth worker and mentor for Gendered Intelligence as well as elsewhere. Finn is a trans man. He began his transition in 2005 at the age of 21. During 2010 – 2011, he ran the Gendered Intelligence youth group twice a month as well as doing some one-to-one work with young trans* people. He also worked with key workers, parents and family members of young trans* people from across England and continues to do so in his role as a mentor. Finn has also worked with Gendered Intelligence as a trans awareness trainer and creative workshop facilitator. Before working for Gendered Intelligence Finn was the manager of an LGBT Youth Project in East London where he grew up. Finn has also worked in various areas of the LGBT and youth work communities, volunteering and campaigning for about ten years.

Mark Jennett Mark on the Board of Directors at Gendered Intelligence. Mark worked in Arts Administration before going into Theatre in (Health) Education. He was a National Advisor on the National Healthy School’s Programme where he wrote Stand Up for Us, the UK Government’s first guidance for schools on addressing homophobia. More recently, he has worked freelance with schools, local authorities and a range of commercial and voluntary organisations doing work around sexuality, gender and disability equalities and bullying. He is currently working with the NUT to support schools to develop responses to gender stereotyping. He is also a musician.

Dr. Catherine McNamara Catherine McNamara is co-founder and on the Board of Directors at Gendered Intelligence. She was Project Coordinator for Trans Youth Arts project Sci:dentity - What's the Science of Sex & Gender? (a 12-month Wellcome Trust funded project exploring gender and sexed identities) and the collaborative play-writing project Brief Encounters, run in conjunction with Fringe Benefits Theatre Company (Los Angeles, US). Catherine is the Child Protection and Safeguarding Lead for Gendered Intelligence. Catherine’s ‘day job’ is Pro-Dean (Students) at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London). Catherine's own PhD was titled 'The Constitution of Transgender Masculinities through Performance: A Study of Theatre and the Everyday' (University of London, 2009). In 2013 Catherine co-edited a themed issue (on gender and sexuality) of the international peer-reviewed journal Research in Drama Educations: a Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance.

Publications include: ‘International collaborations: A Theatre for Social Justice project in the UK’, in Staging Social Justice: Collaborating to Create Activist Theatre, eds. N. Bowles and D. Nadon, Southern Illinois University Press, 2013 and ‘Using Men's Changing Rooms When You Haven't Got a Penis: The constitutive potential of performing transgendered masculinities’ in Performing Ethos: International Journal of Ethics in Theatre and Performance, Volume 2, Number 2, pp. 95-107 2011.

Jamie Pallas Jamie worked with Gendered Intelligence in July 2013 on the blog and exhibition for the GI's Anatomy project. He joined the GI team in June this year to work on Communications and fundraising. In between, he lived in Pakistan for seven months and founded a sandwich business called Sandwich Boss. In the past he has been involved in On Road's All About Trans project that seeks to improve the media representation of trans people. Since 2012 he has collaborated on The Test Shot, an online visual project on transmasculine style. Jamie has an MA in French Literature and Culture from Kings College London. He is interested in gender theory.

Rebecca Root Rebecca Root has been involved with Gendered Intelligence since 2008 as a voice practitioner across many of our youth projects. Currently Rebecca is a mentor for Gendered Intelligence. Rebecca gained her M.A. Voice Studies from Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London, graduating with Distinction. She is currently Visiting Lecturer in Articulation at East 15 Acting School, University of Essex; she also works with private clients where her specialty is vocal adaptation for transgendered individuals. She has given workshops on this subject internationally and in the UK, and her articles have been published in a number of journals and books.

Rebecca trained as an actor at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and has worked in television, theatre and voiceovers for 25 years. Her credits include Boy Meets Girl, Midsomer Murders, Casualty, Keeping Up Appearances, Tartuffe, The Lady’s Not For Burning, and Hamlet (Gielgud Theatre).

Ellie Standeven Ellie has worked with Gendered Intelligence since May 2013 delivering workshops in schools, colleges and youth centres. Ellie graduated last year from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and since has been working as a freelance facilitator and community arts practitioner. They have recently completed the Royal Court Theatre's Young Writer's Programme, and are currently working on multiple play writing projects, two of which are plays centred around gender and trans themes.

Dr. Jay Stewart Jay is co-founder of Gendered Intelligence and chairs the Board of Directors. Jay carries out and oversees the main activities that take place across the organisation. Recently Jay has lead on the projects: ‘What makes your gender? Hacking into the Science Museum’ – a £10,000 project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund with the Science Museum, London - and ‘GI’s Anatomy: a life drawing project for trans and intersex people’ – a £30,000 project funded by the Welcome Trust carried out in collaboration with Central School of Speech & Drama, London Drawing and the Gender Identity Development Service, Tavistock Clinic, NHS Trust. Jay also delivers much of the youth group sessions and is a mentor.

Jay Stewart’s own PhD was carried out in the department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College. The thesis is entitled “Trans on Telly: Popular Documentary and the Production of Transgender Knowledge” and explores understandings of trans identities through mainstream televisual documentaries. Jay was the convener for "Kleinkunst" a series of evenings that platforms papers, performances and critical debate on “low art” short performances in variety shows, vaudeville, cabaret, burlesque and other neo and hybrid forms. He was also an associate researcher on the AHRC funded Performance Matters 2009-2012. The project brought together artists, curators and academics to investigate the cultural value of performance. It was a collaboration between Goldsmiths, University of London, Roehampton University and the Live Art Development Agency.

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