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 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.

Angharad Englefield

Angharad Englefield

Project Officer (Volunteering & Youth)

Angharad volunteered with LEAP whilst at University of Glasgow, working on social media, events and projects such as Pride Youth Games and Rainbow Schools Backpack. Previously Angharad worked for Pride Sports UK, working on events for the Football V Homophobia campaign and Manchester Pride as well as Wythenshawe Games.

Helena Rachel Thomas

Helena Rachel Thomas

Senior Business Support Officer

Helena joined LEAP Sports after a long career in the Travel and Tourism Industry. She came with many years of experience in both Commercial and Organisational fields. In addition to working at Leap, she has volunteered with a national charity for a number of years. After a brief retirement, she has taken up playing Hockey again with one of Glasgow’s most well-established clubs. When not playing she can be found, whistle in hand, umpiring.

Carolina Sousa e Sá

Carolina Sousa e Sá

Communications Support Assistant

Carolina started volunteering with LEAP whilst studying a Masters in Sport Policy and International Development at the University of Edinburgh, and has been involved in projects such as Pride House Glasgow, Football v Homophobia and the Youth Activist Academy. Carolina is also the new Diversity & Inclusion Youth Ambassador of Change at the Scottish Football Association.

Andrew McCuish

Andrew McCuish

Communication Support Assistant

Andrew joined LEAP Sports Scotland after studying Sports Coaching and Development at Glasgow Clyde College. Andrew has always enjoyed being involved with sports in both watching and taking part. Andrew is part of the Business Support Team and is a great addition, as he is a confident, young individual who takes pride in his work.

Beatrice Thirkettle

Beatrice Thirkettle

Project Assistant (FvH Scotland)

Whilst at university studying German, Beatrice volunteered in football, focussing on projects empowering young people and increasing diversity and inclusion. After graduating she worked for a short period at Table Tennis England, working to support schools to embed table tennis. Her table tennis skills increased hugely! Beatrice has spent the past two and a half years working for a County Football Association, as a Football Development Officer.

Beatrice is currently Chair of the Football V Homophobia Youth Panel and is currently working on Football V Homophobia Scotland projects.

Tina Smid

Tina Smid

European Solidarity Core Volunteer

After high school, I started with personal project Cycling24/7 where I started to develop different skills on social media and video/photo production. This project pushed me more to the cycling community in Slovenia and after this, I started to work in Slovenian live streaming production as camera women and live stream director.

Oscar Soler Marchena

Oscar Soler Marchena

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Oscar (or Kara, when he is in Drag) studied Advertising and PR in Barcelona, where he enjoyed creative freedom until the capitalist view of ad communication smashed his desire to work in advertising.

Recently he started his volunteering at LEAP Sports after participating at both #Dragtivism erasmus+ youth projects, where he began to truly explore the concept of gender through the art culture that Drag is, and also the importance of activism and how to communicate it.

He really enjoys beach Volleyball and swimming, but he won’t do it here unless the entire country of Scotland moves to Ecuador, or something, where the temperature is nicer.