Gendered Intelligence consists of a team of skilled trainers, youth workers, mentors, public speakers, consultants, workshop facilitators and community practitioners, who are supported by individuals with administrative, finance, research, policy, communications and IT skills. We have a working and in-depth knowledge of the wider trans community and of the young trans community in particular.
Amanda Middleton has over 20 years' experience providing counselling and psychotherapy to a diverse range of people and groups. Initially she qualified as a Psychologist in Australia, and then as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist in the UK. A UKCP registered Psychotherapist and supervisor, she works primarily with relationships and families, specialising within the LGBTQI communities, and has extensive experience in the NHS, social care and private therapy fields. She has previously worked as a specialist in the areas of sex and sexuality, dual diagnosis, HIV and sexual health, drug and alcohol use and domestic violence. Currently Amanda works as an Associate Relationship Therapist at The Pink Practice and as a Clinical Associate and Trainer for Pink Therapy.
Sessional Youth Worker
Blu is a Sessional Youth Worker for the Leeds Group, North Swimming, Leeds U12s and the Youth Board. Outside of GI, Blu designs and facilitates Queer centered RSHE workshops in Sheffield and supports other members of the wider community to do so too.
Outside of work and community organising, Blu loves to play video games and study birds.
Head of Public Engagement
Cara is the Head of Public Engagement at Gendered Intelligence, having started as GI's Policy Engagement Officer in January 2018. Cara manages our Public Engagement team, with her work being centred on improving the lives of trans people in the UK. She also manages all media (including social), research, public policy, and campaigns that Gendered Intelligence takes part in.
Born and bred in Belfast before studying at The University of Glasgow and working in France for a few years before moving to London, Cara's now back in Glasgow's Southside.
Outside of work at Gendered Intelligence, Cara runs FiveforFive, a UK transfem fund, and open lavs (a site where people can find unisex toilets close to them).
Professional Service Administrator
Cathy joined GI in February 2018 as Administrator for the Professional Services Team, working to provide admin support across our training and consultancy services. Prior to joining GI, she worked as an administrator at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, and at International Planned Parenthood Federation. She has also been a volunteer for Switchboard, the UK's oldest LGBT+ helpline.
Cleo joined Gendered Intelligence in the new role of Communications Officer in November 2021. She works under Cara in the Public Engagement Department, covering press, social media, and policy.
She lives in Norwich, and teaches at the University of East Anglia where she also holds a PhD in queer historiography.
She has previously been involved in a number of activist projects including a project to monitor the spread of transphobia in UK universities and a grassroots feminist funding network. When she's not working, she likes learning languages, poetry, and dancing; she isn't very good at any of them.
TLP Policy Officer
EJ is the Policy Officer for the Trans Learning Partnership, based at Gendered Intelligence. They work on trans rights policy such as healthcare, employment, and housing, and other forms of trans liberation. EJ has worked in LGBTQ+ communities and organisations for nine years, and is very excited to bring their skills and knowledge to the Trans Learning Partnership.
Outside of their work at GI, EJ is also a queer medieval historian, researching how gender and sexuality functioned in past societies, and how our perceptions of that past have power in today’s society.
In their free time, EJ can most likely be found tending to their many many plants, or in the kitchen cooking up a feast for their loved ones.
Director of Youth & Communities
Finn Greig is our Director of Youth & Communities Department at GI. One of the founding members of Gendered Intelligence, Finn has spent the last 12 years at GI doing a wide range of activities. These include working with young trans people, delivering trans awareness training, mentoring young trans people, leading workshops and delivering lectures, as well as developing and leading the Youth Service at Gendered Intelligence. The Youth & Communities Department, which Finn oversees, includes our Youth Service, our Families Work, Community Development & Partnerships Work, Trans Mentoring and our Adult Well-being Support Work. Finn has been a youth worker within both the local authority and voluntary sector for over 15 years. Finn studied youth work extensively and is passionate about theories of group work and anti-oppressive practice. He teaches regularly on various University courses on gender, cis-normativity and power. Finn identifies as a queer, trans masculine person and uses either no pronouns or he/ him pronouns.
Speaker and Volunteer Youth Worker
Francis has been a freelance speaker for GI since 2015 and is also a member of the Work in Education team and volunteer youth worker. Their work at GI includes delivering talks and lectures in higher education institutions and at conferences. They have also been on two GI camping trips, only one of which was rainy. Outside GI Francis is a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Westminster where they lead modules on gender, sexuality, bodies and LGBTQ studies. Their current research projects are on fat/trans embodiment, trans pregnancy and being non-binary in Higher Education.
Georgie has been the general administrator at Gendered Intelligence since early 2019. At GI, they are a first point of contact for any general enquiries coming into the organisation and are a key contact for external clients and other stakeholders, building relationships via email, phone and web enquiries. They also administer other aspects of the organisation, such as GI's mentoring programme in schools, the Therapists and Counsellors Network, the Resources Working Group, and IT development throughout GI. Outside of GI, Georgie spends most of their spare time writing and performing music. In 2021, they released their debut book, 'Tiny Grassland', a collection of texts about music's relationship to nature and technology.
Social Justice (Policy & Campaigns) Officer
Hil joined Gendered Intelligence in 2022 as Social Justice Officer (Policy and Campaigns) in a job share with Naiara. Having worked at several universities and a number of NGOs, their background is primarily in research and policy, but they’re also a writer and activist with significant experience in communications and campaigns. Hil identifies as trans masc non binary. They are passionate about health justice, anti-racism and Palestine solidarity, and enjoy music, playing football, and cats.
Finance & Central Services Manager
Hattie joined GI in 2021 and comes from a charity finance & admin background, having worked in London theatres for the past 8+ years. Her role at GI spans Finance, HR, Admin and IT and she is part of the Central Support Services team who provide support to the other teams here at GI. Hattie is a cis queer Jewish woman who enjoys baking, wild swimming, crafternoons, and cheesy Hallmark films where the main character goes to a small town to learn about the true meaning of the holidays.
Senior Youth Work Practitioner
Isa is a youth worker who has been working with GI since 2017. In 2021 she became the Deputy Head of the Youth Service. She uses words such as genderqueer, transfeminine and woman to describe herself. In their role Isa supports young people between the ages 7-30 both one-to-one as well as in groups. She also provides mentoring in educational settings. Outside of GI Isa is a qualified counsellor and is actively involved in community organising. They are passionate about transfeminism, queer politics and building collective power and solidarity across different identities and experiences. Outside of work she enjoys playing video games, long walks in nature and taking care of her ever-growing collection of plants.
Head of Youth & Families
Jake became involved with GI in 2009 as a participant in the ‘Brief Encounters’ theatre in education programme. In the years after, he co-delivered some training sessions for GI in schools, presented at conferences and even facilitated the youth groups for a while in 2012. In 2011 he volunteered on the second GI camp and has been back every year since– fitting camp around his work in schools as pastoral support. He began his current role with GI in May 2018. Outside of his work with GI, Jake is lead youth worker for an LGBTQI+ youth group.
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CEO/Co-founder of Gendered Intelligence
Jay has been involved in the trans community since 2002. Since then, he’s been passionate about improving the lives of trans and gender questioning people, especially young people. Jay co-founded Gendered Intelligence in 2008 and has since been involved in delivering GI’s work at one time or another, including projects such as ‘What makes your gender? Hacking into the Science Museum’ – a £10,000 Heritage Lottery funded project in partnership with the Science Museum, and ‘GI’s Anatomy: a life drawing project for trans and intersex people’ – a £30,000 project funded by the Wellcome Trust. In recent years he acted as an independent adviser to the Ministry of Justice review into the care and management of transgender offenders, and gave oral evidence to the Trans Inquiry for the Women and Equalities Select Committee. He now sits on the National Transgender Advisory Board for trans prisoners with the Ministry of Justice. He’s very enthusiastic about education and learning; his favourite subject is gender – there’s always more to discover. In 2013 Jay gained his doctorate and has a range of publications in the area of Trans Studies.
Youth Work Coordinator
Jesse has been involved with Gendered Intelligence for over a decade and first became involved with GI as a young person attending youth groups. Jesse runs the London 8-12s, London 11-16s and London Community Saturday groups. Outside of work, he enjoys cycling, cats and sewing.
Youth Work Coordinator
Jodi primarily runs the Transfemme group online but also helps at the Leeds 12-21s, swimming, Under 12s and Community Saturday groups. They became involved in GI as a volunteer in 2018 and as a Sessional Youth Worker in 2022. They also deliver gender diversity inclusion trainings as a freelancer and work as a music tutor and project coordinator at Girls Rock London. Jodi previously worked as a recording/gigging/teaching musician and has performed in venues from Scotland to Italy to Japan and Indonesia! They currently spend their spare time reading about social justice issues, playing Xbox and immersing themselves in Star Wars lore.
Senior Trainer and Consultant
Lee joined Gendered Intelligence (GI) in 2013. As Senior Trainer Consultant he is responsible for developing GI's training within the Professional Services team. He is also involved in delivering training and consultation across a wide range of sectors. Lee is a qualified trainer and has extensive experience of training and group facilitation honed through work within trans communities since 1999. When they're not at GI, Lee loves to read fantasy books and does community work with TransBareAll. As well as training, grass roots work is their passion and has given them a valued insight into the issues and experiences trans people face. GI is a trans-led organisation and Lee is trans himself – starting transition in 1999. Being visible in the work they do for GI and in their life is important to their sense of self and they are proud of their trans identity and experience.
Social Justice (Policy and Campaigns) Officer
Naiara joined the Public Engagement team as the new Social Justice (Policy and Campaigns) Officer in September 2022. They are a trainer and community organiser with a decade of experience organising on a range of issues, including climate justice, housing justice and Palestine solidarity. They are currently job sharing with Hil to develop policy and organising strategies to improve living conditions for trans people.
Naia is also a somatics practitioner, trained in Focusing, a practice of listening to our inner body sense of knowing. They are exploring how being more in touch with our body wisdom can support organisers to work in more life affirming and transformative ways.
Youth Work Coordinator
Obi joined GI in 2020 and currently sits as a Youth Work Coordinator. They are a non-binary, second generation, British-born Nigerian. Obi is passionate about affirming the experiences and uplifting the voices of individuals within trans communities, especially BPOC individuals whose intersections contort further oppressions. Obi is a formally trained psychotherapist and has worked exclusively in LGBTQ+ organisations throughout their career. Obi loves cats, community and GI camp (& alliteration apparently)
Director of Public Engagement and Central Support Services
Moya started volunteering for GI in 2016, creating our Annual Report, and joined the team more formally in October 2018. As GI has grown massively since 2015, her role is to ensure appropriate systems and policies are in place so that colleagues can continue to deliver excellent services in a safe and productive environment. Moya is responsible for HR, Finance, Office Management, Compliance and Public Engagement. Prior to GI, Moya worked in the charity sector and Higher Education, in a wide variety of roles including Volunteer Management, Fundraising, Communications and International Business Development. She has been involved in the queer community since the 90s, and was founder and Chair of the LGBTQ & Friends network in her last workplace. Moya has been a cis ally for many years, attending GI events since our inception.
Rahil has been working at GI since 2019 primarily as a Trainer delivering training to a variety of organisations. Having began their transition in 2015 as part of their journey to live as their authentic self, they value the importance of Trans led services.
They bring their own experience of being an Asian non-binary person into their work and our passionate about developing support for the LGBTQIAP+ and POC communities.
Alongside working at GI they are Trans Counselling Lead at Spectra where they work with individuals who are trans/non-binary or are exploring their gender identity, as well as supporting LGBTQ+ young people as a youth worker.
Senior Youth Work Practitioner, Mentor
Robin became involved with GI as a volunteer and then assistant worker for the Leeds Group in 2018. In 2021, Robin became a lead youth worker, a mentor, and a support line worker. They now work with the Youth Board, Nature Group, and Leeds Group. Robin is interested in youth voice and participation, interpersonal magic, being outside, and noodling about on their guitar.
Senior Youth Work Practitioner
Sabah has been with GI since 2014 as a proud trans youth worker, and is now a Senior Youth Work Practitioner, supporting the Youth Service specialising in special events and partnership work in London, and leading the TPOC Youth Service - one of the only services of its kind in the UK. Sabah is passionate about building solidarity across trans communities, youth empowerment and making friends with cats. Outside of GI, they are a published author of 'Supporting Trans People of Colour: How to Make Your Practice Inclusive.' They are one of the founding members of Trans Pride Brighton (2013) and Colours Youth Network (2016) for LGBTQ POC youth workers and young people across the UK.
Sessional Youth Worker
Fox became involved with the GI team for Supercamp in 2018, and volunteered for several years before joining the Youth Work team as a sessional youth worker in 2022. When not with GI, they work in education policy and love to knit and crochet.
Senior Practitioner for Mentoring, Youth Work Coordinator
Sasha is a non-binary person originally from Belarus who in the past twenty years has lived and worked in the UK. They started volunteering for Gendered Intelligence in 2012 and gradually became a paid worker. They're currently working across several roles at GI: Senior Practitioner for Mentoring, Youth Work Coordinator, and Support Line worker. Their interests include: making positive changes in trans peoples' lives, and self-love.
Therapist & Counsellor Network Supervision Group Facilitator
Serge joined the GI team in January 2018 to set up a pilot project: The GI Support Line For Trans & Gender Questioning People, a 3 day a week telephone support line for patients of the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health. The support service offers confidential, informed, independent support and advice on how best to manage the sometimes very difficult lengthy waiting time between an initial GP referral and a first gender clinic assessment appointment. The service receives calls and contact from trans, non-binary and gender questioning adults from all over the UK. Providing practical advice, information, and emotional support to patients navigating their medical and social transition.
Serge has also worked as a Supercamp Listener and as a speaker at the Queer and Now: Intergenderational panel discussion at Tate Britain in 2018.
Director of Professional and Educational Services
Simon is a trans man who transitioned in 1998 and has been active in the trans community ever since. He joined GI in 2009, and in 2013 formalised the fledgling training and consultancy function, growing the service rapidly such that GI has now trained over 25,000 people across more than 1,300 sessions and numbers diverse household names amongst its clients, leading to his current role as Director of Professional and Educational Services.
A qualified professional trainer, he has over 20 years’ training and consultancy experience and draws on broad based community knowledge to ensure GI provides authentic, knowledgeable, effective support and thought leadership. As well as working for GI, he has a background of 12 years in commercial manufacturing as a qualified engineer, another 12 as a not-for-profit governance specialist and is an internationally exhibited practising artist.
Chair of the Board
Amsel is a charity finance and governance specialist working as a consultant in the charity sector. They spend most of their life thinking about charity accounts, financial systems and the best ways to record transactions.
They came to Gendered Intelligence as a trans and non-binary person wanting to volunteer for their community and bring their knowledge to a growing organisation looking to change the experience of growing up trans for a new generation. They are now our Chair and Interim Treasurer.
Geoff has been involved with LGBTQ well-being since 1985. He was a founding member of London Lighthouse, the UK’s first residential and support centre for people affected by HIV. He then went on to build the psychological services for the national charity the Terrence Higgins Trust, creating therapy services and emotional health promotion materials for LGBTQ communities. During the 80s and 90s he was a media spokesperson for psychological issues affected LGBTQ people, appearing regularly on UK TV.
Geoff has created several counselling projects including: prime a counselling service for older LGBTQ people; the Peace of Life project, a trauma therapy service; here4you a grief counselling service for young people. He holds a clinical Doctorate on the subject of love in psychotherapy.
Hafsa currently works within the LGBTQ+ charity sector, creating guidance for organisations on supporting LGBTQ+ people. Alongside this work, Hafsa is a paid public speaker, facilitator, and trainer.
They are openly genderqueer, bi, Muslim and disabled. With her lived experience within multiple marginalised communities, she strives to build greater understanding towards trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people of faith.
In 2019 he won 3 awards for his work, including Stonewall Bi Role Model of the Year, an Asian Achievers Award, and the Gay Times Amplifund Future Fighter Award. Hafsa has also founded and facilitates a QTIPOC-only 18+ space in Birmingham.
Secretary of the Board
Skip grew up with a disabled brother who had learning impairments. This gave Skip an early concept of difference, acceptance and non-acceptance and the impact this had on his brother and other family members. Throughout his working career, Skip has been involved in supporting people who experienced being marginalised by their peers and the wider community.
In his personal life Skip has personal experience of transition as well as supporting other parents whose children were considering their future identity.
He is a qualified and registered Social Worker. Skip has 18 years' social work experience in the public sector. He has also worked in the private sector running day nurseries and residential care homes. Skip has over 10 experience in the not-for-profit sector with a focus on delivering a range of services for disabled people where he still works as a CEO.
Stephanie became involved with Gendered Intelligence in 2014, she came to Gendered Intelligence as a place to feel welcomed and make friends as a trans youth. She is a proud transgender woman and activist having worked with various charities such as Not A Phase and Queer Britain. Stephanie joined the board of trustees in February 2022.
Outside of Gendered Intelligence, Stephanie has had an extensive career working in various museums and galleries throughout the capital. Most recently she helped open Queer Britain the UK’s first LGBTQ+ Museum and works there as the Front of House Manager. Stephanie became the official YouTube spokesperson for Transgender Awareness Week in 2021 and runs her own YouTube channel discussing her own transition/issues faced by the trans community. Stephanie also works as a public speaker specialising in diversity and inclusion within the Heritage industry.