LEAP Sports' Board of Trustees
Background Hugh is currently Director of Youth Work for LGBT Youth Scotland, working to transform the lives of LGBT young people across Scotland. Previous to LGBT work, Hugh was a social worker within the disability sector. Hugh has 14 years experience in working with young people and people with disabilities in sports initiatives, and is currently a member of a number of sports groups including Glasgow Kayak Club, Glasgow Frontrunners, Gay Outdoor Club and Outdoor Lads.
LEAP Sports Role Hugh is a founding member of LEAP Sports and provides leadership and support to the rest of the committee in his role as Chairperson.
Why work with LEAP? ‘I am a strong advocate for the health improvement benefits of participation in sports and outdoor activity, especially as an alternative to the commercial gay scene and Scotland’s love of the pub. I also believe we need to eradicate bullying in schools based on sexual orientation and gender identity if we are truly going to achieve social change.’
Background 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 tirelessly 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.
LEAP Sports Role As a founding member of the organisation Frazer has always been keen to develop and firmly establish a series of key annual LGBT community sporting events within Scotland. Chairing the newly formed ‘events sub-group’ Frazer will be looking to showcase the Festival Fortnight in summer 2013.
Why work with LEAP? ‘LGBT 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 is a subject consigned to history…’
Karen has over 9 years experience in buying and now as a buyer for an independent retailer who specialises in sporting apparel. Working in the sports trade allows her to be update with latest technologies and developments within the sports industry and deals daily with people who are just venturing into sport right through to athletes. Allowing her to understand the needs and challenges people at all level of sports face. Karen is a member of the Glasgow Front Runners and enjoys keeping fit and setting new challenges for herself. Her biggest achievement has been completed the 2012 London and Edinburgh marathons within a month of each other. She regularly takes part in 10K’s and half marathons and always on the lookout for a new interesting activity to try. It is the sense of achievement and the social aspect of the sports she loves.
Background 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 LGBT*. Karim also leads group exercise sessions in his spare time.
LEAP Sports Scotland Role Karim joined the board in July 2013 bringing with him a passion for LGBT* rights as well as experience of due diligence, operations management and knowledge of the sports and fitness industry.
Why work with LEAP? 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 allows me to broaden my experience of sports development as well as help raise awareness about the issues that LGBT* people face when accessing sports and physical activity.
Background After working in the financial sector for 8 years and volunteering on an LGBT charity board for 5 years, Jonathan brings a range of skills to LEAP Sports Scotland. His experiences as advocate for transgender colleagues in Lloyds Banking Group’s Rainbow Network committee have led him to volunteer with LEAP. He believes strongly in sport for all and inclusion for sexual orientation and gender identity and organises an LGBT-friendly weekly squash club. In the world of squash he has represented Ulster at junior and senior level in Ireland and the UK and is the current World Outgames squash champion.
Why work with LEAP? ‘Sport has been a major part of my whole life, coming from a very sporty family including a Commonwealth Games bronze medal winner. I am excited about the opportunity to make a difference, combatting homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and enabling the LGBT community to embrace the health and social benefits of participation and club involvement.’
Background Stephen completed an undergraduate BSc in Geology at the University of Aberdeen in 2012. While at university he was heavily involved in student activities, being a member of several academic societies as well as sports clubs. He was the Publicity Coordinator and columnist for the student newspaper. He sat on the Aberdeen University Students’ Association Council, where he participated in debates and political discussions to help students on campus as President of the Halls of Residents’ Committee in first year and later as became Entertainments Officer. He was involved in the University’s LGBT Society and helped campaign against the Gay Blood Ban.
LEAP Sports Scotland Role Stephen joined LEAP Sports Scotland in June 2012 and is responsible for developing the charity’s strategy on LGBT youth inclusion in sport across Scotland. Working with various youth and student groups he will seek to help cultivate a sporting environment that encourages and promotes equality.
Why work with LEAP? ‘Sporting and outdoor activities is a great way to stay fit and healthy, however many of our community are put off sport from a young age and therefore aren’t as fit as they could be. Ensuring that the youngest generation of our community can enjoy sport without discrimination and bullying is the prime reason why I joined LEAP. Working with young people and ensuring sport in Scotland is open to everyone will promote a happier and healthier nation.’
Background James is the Head of Projects and Funding at Edinburgh Leisure and has worked in a professional capacity for over four years to improve the opportunities for LGBT people to participate in sport. James was a founding staff member on the LGBT Active project in Edinburgh which developed groups such as the ShuttleScots Badminton Club, Amazin’ Gracies women’s football team and the First Steps fitness group. James went on to chair the ShuttleScots Badminton Club for 3 years, developing a strong structure for the club by instigating a committee, attracting over £4k in funding and implementing a coaching pathway. In 2010 James joined Edinburgh Leisure as the Community Inclusion Officer with a remit for increasing participation in physical activity across all equality groups. Currently, James closely supports all LGBT clubs in Edinburgh and provides specific support for the Caledonian Thebans RFC including access to reduced pitch hire, funding and most recently providing first aid support for the team at the Bingham Cup. James is a keen sportsman with interests in rugby, cycling, running and climbing.
LEAP Sports Scotland Role James has been involved in the LEAP Sports Scotland since its inception in 2011. James chairs the regional club forums and acts as a conduit between the local forum and LEAP Sports Scotland as well as key partners such as local authority, voluntary sector and national governing bodies.
Why work with LEAP? ‘I have felt for a long time that Scotland needed a strengthened infrastructure to both represent LGBT clubs but also support strategic change within local authority, Scottish Government and national governing bodies. With Scotland’s sporting prowess under scrutiny in 2014 I am excited to be part of something which will hopefully lead to improved sporting opportunities for LGBT people.’