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…’
Background Alex is currently a chartered accountant working for Clydesdale bank, having completed his ICAS training at KPMG spending four years in audit working across various sectors.
LEAP Sports role Alex joined the board in late 2013 to provide guidance and support in relation to all financial matters, as well as providing support across other areas of the organisation where required.
Why work with LEAP? I have always been a fan of all sports, and recently become far more active myself which has seen many benefits particularly in relation to my health. Working with LEAP gives me the opportunity to work with a group of people who share my passion for sport, the benefits of participation in sport, and for the inclusion of the LGBT community within sport.
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. He currently serves as Board Secretary.
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 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).
Leap Sports Role Katharina joined the board in July 2014. She brings with her academic expertise around gender, media and sport, as well as experiences with and links to elite women’s sport (particularly football) in Scotland.
Why work with LEAP 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 LGBT community and other marginalised groups. I hope that my work with LEAP will allow me to help address issues around homophobia and related inequalities in sport.
Director of Public Relations
Background 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 re-sale of a Group subsidiary, Katherine became Chief Executive of an English Cathedral, spending a further 13 years in that post before retiring in August 2009.
Presently, she delivers training in LGBT equality and is a Community Adviser to various organisations, including Police Scotland, the NHS and Local Authorities.
LEAP Sports role Katherine has been a member of the board since November 2013 and is mainly responsible for matters relating to public relations.
Why work with LEAP? ‘I am passionate about seeking equality for the LGBT community in all aspects of life. Sport is an area where discrimination and of LGBT people is rife and I am working with my fellow directors of LEAP Sports seeking to make a real difference to this situation.’
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.’