LEAP Sports Scotland's Board of Trustees
Katherine is an accountant by profession, and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for a major multinational company for over 23 years. Following the successful management buy-out and resale of a group subsidiary, Katherine became Chief Executive of an English Cathedral, spending 13 years in that post before retiring in August 2009. Presently, she delivers training in LGBTI equality and is a Community Adviser to various organisations including Police Scotland, the NHS and some Local Authorities.
“I am passionate about seeking equality for the LGBTI community in all aspects of life. Sport is an area where discrimination against LGBTI people occurs. I am using my skills and working with my fellow directors and staff of LEAP Sports Scotland seeking to make a real difference to this situation.”
Fiona studied sport at University of Stirling and has worked in the sport industry since graduating in 2004. She has previously worked in a community sport development role and active schools within a local authority as well as nationally within a Scottish governing body and has spent the past 6 years with sportscotland, the national agency for sport in Scotland, as a partnership manager. Her current role involves working with SGBs strategically as well as leading on national projects including The Equality Standard for Sport
“I love sport and have been involved with sport throughout my life. I understand the benefits sport can bring to an individual and a community and I want to do all I can to ensure that every person in Scotland not only has the opportunity to be involved in sport at any level, be it participating, spectating or volunteering, but has a positive experience from that involvement”
Katharina is a Lecturer in Film & Media at the University of Stirling, where she is also a member of the Centre for Gender & Feminist Studies. She has an academic background in feminist, gender and queer theory, as well as media and sport. Katharina also has a sporting background as a professional athlete, having played football in Germany, the U.S. and Scotland (for Glasgow City FC). Since retiring from playing in 2012, she has continued to be involved with Glasgow City FC and is currently sitting on the board of Scottish Women’s Football (SWF).
“My athletic background has allowed me to gain a wide range of knowledge and insights in a variety of national and cultural contexts. They have also brought to me an acute awareness of the barriers faced by women, the LGBTI community and other marginalised groups. I hope that my work with LEAP Sports Scotland will allow me to help address issues around homophobia and related inequalities in sport.”
Karim’s background is in Research and Enterprise. He is currently undertaking a MSc in Stratified Medicine and Pharmacological Innovation in Aberdeen. While at university Karim was actively involved with the Students’ Association serving on the welfare committee as an ordinary member and as vice president of the LGBT society. It was during this time and his attendance at NUS conferences that Karim became interested in inclusion and equal representation for individuals who identify as LGBTI. Karim also leads group exercise sessions in his spare time.
“The opportunity to work with a motivated group of people to bring about change in a field that I am passionate about cannot be missed. My involvement with LEAP Sports Scotland allows me to broaden my experience of sports development as well as help raise awareness about the issues that LGBTI people face when accessing sports and physical activity.”
Gordon is Director of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has worked in academia for over 20 years as a lecturer and head of department, and as Head of the Conservatory of Music and Drama at Dublin Institute of Technology. Gordon is a founder member and former Secretary of Glasgow FrontRunners, Scotland’s first running club for LGBTI people and friends.
“I am very proud to work with LEAP Sports Scotland in a role that capitalises on my strengths in education and in advocacy. Although I’ve been very fortunate in having rarely experienced homophobia, I’m very conscious of the need to address inequalities and and to promote positive role modelling within the LGBTI community.”
Frazer is a serving Police Officer with British Transport Police based in Scotland and an active Executive Committee Member on the force’s LGBT staff network ‘LINK’. In this role he has worked to champion LGBT community interests and ensured British Transport Police gained the LGBT Charter Mark (awarded by LGBT Youth Scotland) at key posts throughout the country. Moreover he worked on the submission to the 2012 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, seeing the force reach an impressive 25th place. He is also a founding member of; and Advanced Jog Leader with Glasgow FrontRunners with some 2 years experience in coaching and mentoring members to improve their overall fitness.
“LGBTI role models and straight ambassadors are few and far between in sport throughout the world. I hope to work with the LEAP Sports Scotland team over the coming years to ensure that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are consigned to history.”
Paul currently works for Clydesdale Bank and is responsible for the Project Management capability which delivers strategic change for the organisation. He is also responsible for all divisional communication activities. In his role, Paul undertakes performance, talent and development management of his team as well as mentoring colleagues. Paul is the Chair of the Bank’s LGBTI network, Vibrant, which engages in a number of Diversity & Inclusion activities covering People support, Business and Customer Outreach as well as engagement with external private, public and third sector organisations. He is also instrumental in working on the Bank’s diversity and inclusion strategy and engaging with other networks both within and outside of the bank.
Paul is one of the founding members of Out in Glasgow, a professional networking group that meets monthly. He has worked tirelessly in developing the group and remains on the committee as an executive member.
“I am passionate about diversity and inclusion in both the workplace and in other environments especially in the LGBTI community. I was involved in Pride House for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. The success of the venture, as well as the challenges faced in sports, inspired me to engage further with LEAP Sports Scotland. I am hoping that my experience and professional attitude will help the organisation to achieve its aims and that I can play a key role in this achievement.”