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Staff

LEAP Sports Team Members

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

Participation and Engagement Manager

Sirri became a Diversity & Inclusion Youth Ambassador of Change at the Scottish Football Association following her post-graduate studies at University of Glasgow focusing on gender and queer equality in sport. Sirri is currently a Trustee at United Glasgow FC and sits on FARE Network’s LGBT+ Reference Group. This interest in sports equality stems from many years of participation in sport, particularly football and rugby.

Helena Rachel Thomas

Helena Rachel Thomas

Senior Business Support Officer

Within the team Helena leads on the day to day management of the finances. Other key responsibilities are in the areas of human resources and across all aspects of administration. She also provides support to the main Board in their activities.
In addition to working at LEAP Sports, she is an active member of one of Glasgow’s most
well-established hockey clubs, both playing and umpiring. She is also Manager of the Scotland O35s team.

Carolina Sousa e Sá

Carolina Sousa e Sá

Project Officer (Communities)

Carolina volunteered with LEAP whilst studying a Masters in Sport Policy and International Development at the University of Edinburgh. Her journey as a staff member started in October 2019 as part of the Events & Communities team. Carolina facilitates a number of projects, including Get OUT Glasgow, and advises sporting bodies and community members. She also delivers workshops and training for Football v Homophobia Scotland and coordinates the European Solidarity Corps volunteer programme.

Andrew Marshall

Andrew Marshall

Policy and Research Analyst

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.

Natalie Bello

Natalie Bello

Project Support Assistant

Natalie joined LEAP Sports as a social media volunteer to help at events such as Edinburgh Pride, the National Get Together, and the Youth Activist Academy Graduation. As the Project Support Assistant, she offers support across a range of projects and events while monitoring the social media accounts and producing the monthly newsletter. Natalie is passionate about human rights and the creation of policies that bring more equity. She is in the final year of her PhD at the University of Strathclyde, where she researches the media and politics.

Remi Jokiranta

Remi Jokiranta

Project Officer (Young People & Families)

Remi joined LEAP Sports after graduating with a Psychology degree from the University of Edinburgh. After years of experience working with children and young people in the Finnish scouts and on the committee of a university LGBTQ+ society, Remi works to encourage young LGBTIQ+ people to take part in physical activity. Their work focuses on young people and their families, including projects like the new Family Support Group, Pride Youth Games, Healthy Y-EU-oth, Rainbow Youth, and ID Protocols.

Michael Scott

Michael Scott

Communications & Administration Assistant

Michael’s key role in LEAP Sports is to help manage Communication areas such as responding to emails and phone calls as well as Assistant to the Senior Business Support Officer and other various tasks to help out his colleagues.