About Us

Staff

Hugh Torrance

Hugh Torrance

Executive Director

Before becoming Executive Director, Hugh was Chair of LEAP Sports Scotland’s Board and led its development for 3 years. He was Youth Work Director of LGBT Youth Scotland for 7 years and previously a social worker and manager for disability services. Hugh has over 16 years experience working with young people and people with disabilities in sports initiatives and has been a member and leader of many community sports groups. Hugh currently enjoys hillwalking on dry land after many years of kayaking, coastal rowing, and sculling.

Sirri Topping

Sirri Topping

Project Officer (Communities & Events)

Sirri became an Inclusion & Diversity Youth Ambassador of Change at the Scottish Football Association following her PhD studies at University of Glasgow focusing on gender and queer equality in sport. This interest stems from many years of participation in sport, particularly football and rugby. Sirri has carried out research projects including investigating the differing lived experiences of access to and participation in women’s football in Sweden and Scotland, and exploring gender identity among women’s rugby players.

Andrew Marshall

Andrew Marshall

Policy and Development Officer

Andrew joined LEAP after volunteering with the organisation on a number of projects throughout 2016. With a background in human rights policy and activism, he has worked previously on local community engagement initiatives within Glasgow, supported young people in shaping and leading their own human rights campaigns and provided research on local and national rights topics within Scotland. Andrew is also an amateur rower.

Suzy Gentle

Suzy Gentle

Project Officer (Highlands)

Suzy has a background in Social Work and Community Development with specialist experience of working with older people. Suzy has worked for an LGBT organisation in London facilitating a lesbian social support group and in the Highlands with an older LGBT people’s group. She has worked with people living with dementia and mental health issues and currently has a part time role as a Trainer/Facilitator in Adult Support and Protection.

Fraser D. Johnston

Fraser D. Johnston

Project Officer

Fraser served as a board member for LEAP Sports Scotland from early 2012 until mid-2013 when he stepped down to focus on university. As well as working for LEAP Sports Scotland part-time, Fraser works for another charity based in Glasgow and is currently preparing to enter the final stage of training to be a solicitor.

Helen Wright

Helen Wright

Project Officer (Communications)

Helen is co-founder of LGBTQ+ community organisations Lock Up Your Daughters Filmmaking and Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF). She has led on promoting and building the profile of both organisations through their status amongst LGBTQ+ communities in Scotland, their online presence, and media coverage. She is also a keen 5-a-side football player.

Freya Gosnold

Freya Gosnold

Project Officer (Sessional)

Freya is a queer sports activist and roller derby athlete with a key interest in widening access to participation in sport for the trans, gender-expansive, and intersex communities. Freya is particularly invested in youth empowerment and community development and will be working closely with the Youth in Sport Task Force to support the development of a culture of athletic activism in LGBTI young people.