Before taking up the Executive Director role, Hugh spent 3 years as Chair of the LEAP Sports Scotland Board and 2 years leading its development. Hugh spent 7 years as Youth Work Director of LGBT Youth Scotland, and prior to this was a Social Worker and Manager for disability services. Hugh has over 16 years experience in working with young people and people with disabilities in sports initiatives, and has been a member and leader of many community sports groups. Formerly a kayaker, Hugh now rows with Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club.
“I am a strong advocate for improving participation in sports and outdoor activity: for physical activity, for health improvement, for participation and for achieving personal best. This should start from pre-school, and I believe we need to radically overhaul how we teach gender in schools if we are to eradicate bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and truly achieve social change in equality and diversity.”
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.
“LEAP is a great organisation with a really valuable objective. Sport should not be the exclusive preserve of any social group, and nobody should feel that they can’t participate and enjoy the huge health and personal benefits it has to offer. I’m proud to have been a board member and now to be an employee as we work towards breaking down barriers to the LGBTI community across Scotland engaging fully in sport.”
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.
“I am incredibly passionate about the potential of radically inclusive athletic practices to enable marginalized communities to resist and recover from systemic violence and I am thrilled to be working with LEAP Sports Scotland to develop opportunities for LGBT people to undertake the powerful work of knowing and nurturing our bodies and their capacities, by creating safe spaces and supporting a sense of collective agency.”
Project Officer (Highlands)
Suzy has a background in Social Work and Community Development with specialist experience of working with older people. Suzy has worked in an LGBT organization in London facilitating a lesbian social support group,and in the Highlands working with an older LGBT people’s group.She has worked with people living with dementia and mental health issues and is currently working part time as a Trainer/Facilitator in Adult Support and Protection.
“My passion is working with people to empower and build capacity within local communities. I am particularly interested in groups who can become marginalized or excluded, and in finding ways of improving access to appropriate services for all in our communities”.
Jodie’s background is in volunteer management, and is delivering the Volunteer Pathways service at LEAP Sports Scotland. Jodie also works for LGBT Health and Wellbeing, and previously worked at LGBT Youth Scotland. In her personal time, Jodie is a roller derby athlete – having represented Glasgow Roller Derby locally and internationally for 4 years. Jodie is also an amateur power lifter, and discovered her love of lifting heavy things whilst cross training for roller derby.
‘’I have been interested in the evolution of LEAP Sports Scotland since its inception. I’ve striven to make headway for lgbti awareness in roller derby; by consulting with national members and writing and implementing a transgender policy that is inclusive around self-identity. This policy is now implemented by every UKRDA roller derby member league. I also worked with 2 other skaters to introduce a national lgbti roller derby team called Vagine Regime UK. As a united throng whose primary aim is to present lgbti visibility and acceptance in roller derby, we have toppled some of the highest profile teams in the UK. I believe that to make sport accessible, we have to keep being kinder and more mindful of each other.”
Project Officer (Communications)
Helen is a 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 which includes positive articles and interviews with The List, Third Force News, BBC Radio Scotland, and more. She is also a keen 5-a-side football player.
“I’m committed to working within and building LGBTQ+ communities and value very much the benefits that come about through creating and strengthening these. The work of LEAP is extremely important in allowing more LGBTQ+ people to access sport and in challenging the barriers that stop them from doing so, and I’m therefore very pleased to be part of the team.”
Administration & Communications Assistant
Declan joins us on a Community Jobs Scotland placement for 6 months learning the ropes and helping us to deliver our projects and programmes. Declan loves sport and is a football coach.