LEAP Sports Scotland's Board of Trustees
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 LGBTI 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 Scotland role As a founding member of the organisation Frazer has always been keen to develop and firmly establish a series of key annual LGBTI community sporting events within Scotland. Chairing the organisation’s ‘events sub-group’, Frazer works with volunteers and staff to ensure the success of our annual Festival Fortnight programme and other local & national events.
Why work with LEAP Sports Scotland? ‘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.’
Board Secretary and Head 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 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.
LEAP Sports Scotland role Katherine has been a member of the board since November 2013. She is the Board Secretary and responsible for matters relating to public relations.
Why work with LEAP Sports Scotland? “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.”
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 Scotland 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 Sports Scotland? ‘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 Sports Scotland 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 LGBTI community within sport.’
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 Scotland 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 Sports Scotland? ‘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.’
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 LGBTI 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.
LEAP Sports Scotland role Karim joined the board in July 2013 bringing with him a passion for LGBTI rights as well as experience of due diligence, operations management and knowledge of the sports and fitness industry.
Why work with LEAP Sports Scotland? ‘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.’
Background 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.
LEAP Sports Scotland role Paul joined the board in January 2015. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the corporate sector together with project management expertise and knowledge of strategic thinking, running a network and working on diversity and inclusion activities with external organisations.
Why work with LEAP Sports Scotland? ‘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.’