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.
The Gendered Intelligence team is made up of staff members across our four core 'areas of service', as well as our Central Support and Special Projects colleagues. Some members of the team work across the areas of service - we believe that people's strengths may not necessarily lie just in one area.
Senior Leadership team
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. In 2008, Jay co-founded Gendered Intelligence and have been involved in delivering all aspects of 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 Welcome 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.
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 trans ally for many years, attending GI events since our inception.
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.
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
Chryssy has a research background in equality and diversity. Her research has focused on the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on the lives of the most marginalised, centring the lives of trans and sexgender nonconforming people, and drawing on her own lived experience as a trans woman. Chryssy brings this experience to her work with GI and the Board. Chryssy is also active in work with LGBTQ+ prisoners with the Bent Bars Project, and helped set up TAGS for trans and sexgender nonconforming swimmers.
Chryssy facilitated a workshop on prison abolition at the GI Supercamp and gave a paper at the Transforming Spaces Conference about the politics of trans prisoners. Outside of GI Chryssy works in the LGBTQ charity sector for Opening Doors London, helping over 50s in our communities overcome isolation and loneliness. Chryssy has been involved with colleagues Mijke Van Der Drift and Nat Raha in promoting an academic and activist position of Radical Transfeminism, which was inaugurated at the London Conference of Critical Theory in 2015 and the first International Transgender Studies Conference in Tucson, Arizona in 2016.
Chryssy was born in Hull a long time ago and has worked and lived in lots of interesting and sometimes challenging environments, such as the two years she spent in Pyongyang a decade ago. Chryssy feels that living overseas on three continents for 10 years has given her some appreciation of the lives of others and a different perspective on the privileges and challenges of our lives in the UK, especially as a trans woman in these uncertain and seemingly disenfranchised times. Chryssy is also a proud parent.
Board Member, Co-founder of Gendered Intelligence
Catherine McNamara is co-founder and a trustee at Gendered Intelligence. Catherine has an Applied Theatre background and has been involved in some of our Special Projects over the years. 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) back in 2005-6 and more recently, has led the TransActing project.
Catherine’s ‘day job’ is Head of School (Art, Design and Performance) in the Faculty of the Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth.
Recent publications include:
'The TransActing project: Why trans, non- binary and gender diverse people value spaces without cisgender people when engaging in creative practices' in The Applied Theatre Reader (2nd edition), eds. Nicola Abraham and Tim Prentki, London: Routledge (2020)
‘A Complex Matrix of Identities: Working Intergenerationally with LGBTQ people’ in Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People: Minding the Knowledge Gaps, eds. Sue Westwood and Andrew King, London: Routledge (2018)
Methods and Approaches for Working with Trans, Non-binary and Gender Diverse Young People in the UK’ in The Handbook of Youth Work Practice, Eds. Pam Alldred, Fiona Cullen et al, London: SAGE (2018).
Catherine is the Child Protection and Safeguarding Lead for Gendered Intelligence and has the following training:
Designated Safeguarding Lead training, Child 1st Consultancy Ltd, NSPCC Accredited, January 2020
Child Protection Training, Designated Safeguarding Lead update training, NSPCC, 2017
Child Protection Training UK, Safeguarding Children level 3 (Designated Safeguarding Lead), 2015
Leni Goddard is a Reader in Black Theatre and Performance at Royal Holloway, University of London, where they teach and research in the area of contemporary Black British playwriting with a focus on identity politics of race, gender, and sexuality. Their publications include Staging Black Feminisms: Identity, Politics, Performance (2007), Contemporary Black British Playwrights: Margins to Mainstream (2015), and Errol John’s Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (2017). They are currently working on a project examining how race is portrayed on stage through such themes as race and the police, race and immigration, race and sport, race and religion, and race and the rise of far-right politicians.
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.
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, as a Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor in Systemic Psychotherapy at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and as a Clinical Associate and Trainer for Pink Therapy.
Youth Worker and Consultant
Annie is a trans youth worker and consultant with Gendered Intelligence. She is transfeminine/non-binary, and is a passionate artist and trans/disability liberation activist. Annie became involved with Gendered Intelligence as a volunteer in early 2017, and soon started their youth work practice at GI's youth swimming sessions. Following this, they continued working with young trans people in the under 12’s group and the Community Saturday sessions. In May 2018, Annie joined the youth work team, using her experiences in the arts and film to creatively engage with trans young people. Annie also works as a consultant with GI, drawing from her activism to provide professional support to a range of clients improving their trans inclusive practices.
Head of Professional and Educational Services
Blake has been working within operations functions in the non-profit sector since 2013 focusing on developing services and empowering teams with emphasis on delivering innovative customer experience.
As Head of Professional and Education Services, Blake is committed to ensuring the reach of the Professional and Education Services creates space for those important, inclusive, open conversations to positively impact awareness and trans equality.
Outside of work at GI, Blake takes part in powerlifting & strength events and also enjoys bikejoring with his dogs.
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’s work at Gendered Intelligence is centred on improving the lives of trans people in the UK — especially young trans people — by effecting changes to the policy landscape surrounding trans equality. She also manages all research and media work 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 transfem mutual aid fund, and open lavs (a site where people can find unisex toilets close to them) as well as spending all of her time with her beloved elderly dog, Buffy.
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.
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 currently research projects are on fat/trans embodiment, trans pregnancy and being non-binary in HE. Francis is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.
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.
Youth Worker and Mentor
Isa is a youth worker and mentor who has been working with GI since 2017. She uses words such as genderqueer, transfeminine, woman and trans to describe her gender. They facilitate youth groups for 7-11 year olds, 11-15 year olds, transfeminine young people (13-25) as well as monthly Community Saturdays. She also provides one-to-one mentoring in educational settings, does admin for the Youth Department and occasionally works at the helpline. Outside GI, when not baking, gardening or hanging upside down on a pole, Isa is training to become a counsellor. They are passionate about transfeminism, queer politics and building collective power and solidarity together through various community-led projects. Previously she has been involved in activism related to mental health, prisons and trans healthcare. As a youth worker and mentor Isa aims to create spaces where young trans people can really be heard, working with whatever they bring to the room. Listening to young people’s voices is really important to them, finding solutions together as groups and as individuals. The approach can be silly or serious, mixing games, discussions, workshops, arts and crafts or just chatting and having a laugh.
Joint Head of Youth Service
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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Jo has been working for the liberation of the LGBTI+ community all of their adult life, from their time as President of their Students’ Union LGBT+ Association to their volunteering on the Amnesty International UK Rainbow Committee as Vice Chair. They have a particular interest in mental health, inclusive education for people of all ages, and the intersections between LGBTI+ identities and disability. Outside of GI, Jo is finishing a Master’s degree in Forensic Mental Health, and is also Director of Changing Tide Training, an organisation which provides inclusion training in a variety of fields.
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.
Michael is a trans youth worker with Gendered Intelligence. Michael uses the word trans to define his gender and generally prefers he/him pronouns. He is currently studying for his sociology degree, with a focus on LGBTQ+ experiences. Michael also has a personal interest in the trans/disabled intersection and plans on doing further study in this area. Michael was initially involved with Gendered Intelligence as a young person, but joined the youth work team in May 2018 as the assistant worker for the under 12's group. As well as his work with Gendered Intelligence, he also works with 2BU Somerset, another LGBT youth organisation, helping to write funding bids and conduct research on the experiences of LGBT young people in Somerset.
Lead Youth Worker | TPOCalypse (TPOC Group)
Obi joined GI in 2020 as a Lead Trans Youth worker and Support Line worker. 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 really enjoys the company of cats, their daily mood is somewhat dependent on their proximity to mayonnaise and their pronouns are They/Them (most of the time).
Parent and Carer Group Facilitator
Peter joined GI as a volunteer in 2014. He had been looking after Newly Qualified Teachers across about two hundred schools in south east London when a year-five pupil coming out made him realise that he needed to get educated about trans things. Since then, he has been a regular at parent groups in real life, a stall-holder at teacher conferences, university freshers’ weeks, NHS and college events, at London Pride and at Brighton Trans Pride. Currently he’s facilitating our online par nt and carer groups, from where, empowered by mutual support, information and laughter, families can better walk with the young people on their journey.
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.
Joint Head of Youth Service
Sabah has been with GI since 2014 as a proud trans youth worker, and in 2020 became Head of Youth Service, supporting young people of all ages and young people of colour (co-leading GI TPOCalypse). Sabah is passionate about building solidarity across trans communities, youth empowerment and making friends with cats. Outside of GI they are training to be a psychotherapist and writing about inclusive practice for trans people of colour. 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.
Community Development & Partnerships Lead
Sahaf’s work at Gendered Intelligence is focussed on developing our services for adult community members, providing more pathways of progression for our young people, and building stronger relationships with other community organisations. Sahaf has a community organising background in queer and faith spaces as well as previous experience in migrants’ rights campaigns. Outside of her work with GI she is a keen cook and a trustee of Mosaic LGBT+ Young Persons’ Trust.
Head of Work in Education, Mentor and Youth Worker
I am a white non-binary person originally from Belarus who in the past twenty years has lived and worked in the UK. My pronouns are They and Them. I started volunteering for Gendered Intelligence in 2012 and gradually became a paid worker. At the moment I am working across three roles: Senior Mentoring Practitioner, one of the Lead Youth Workers and a Support Line worker. My interests are making positive changes in trans peoples' lives and self-love.
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.