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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

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

Project Officer (Communities)

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.

Lukas Oliver Lee

Lukas Oliver Lee

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Lukas has been an activist since they were 17 years old, first joining a small activist youth group in Slovakia back in 2018 where they worked on different projects, volunteered and attended youth exchanges. In 2019 they took part in IGLYO’s Activist Academy and AMC as a representative of the Slovak LGBT+ organisation Saplinq. All of these experiences aided them in developing their activist skills which will now be especially useful for their work as a LEAP Sports volunteer.
Lukas enjoys loud protests, thoughtful conversations and gender nonconformity but will not shy away from a good game of basketball.

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 as a volunteer by supporting the organisation with social media at events like Edinburgh Pride, the National Get Together, or the Youth Activist Academy Graduation. She is also a member of Volunteer Voice. 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. Natalie researches the media representation of three prominent female politicians during the UK 2019 General Election.