The Proud Trust has a passionate and skilled staff team that reflects the diversity of the young people we work with. Please see the biographies below for more information about us all.
If you’d like to make contact with any of our staff, please use the ‘general enquiries’ form here.
Ali manages the LGBT+ Centre in Manchester and delivers the nationally recognised LGBT+ inclusive programme, Sexuality aGender. She is a professionally qualified youth and community worker and has been working in local authority and charity settings since 2006. As a working-class, Welsh lesbian, she is proud to have gained a Master’s Degree in Education and Society from Manchester Metropolitan University, and a PhD in Sociology from Lancaster University. She continues to collaborate with Universities through research projects and
publications, most recently working as an advisor to a NIHR-funded project looking at LGBTQ+ young people’s mental health (2019-2022). When she is not using her charity work and academic insight to get stuff done, she enjoys running, acrobalance, and red wine.
Amelia is The Proud Trust’s Strategic Director (gets in the money and goes to meetings!). She dreamed of being Prime Minister or Pope when she was young. As she grew older she learned more about discrimination and oppression, and her own sexuality. She became passionate about global LGBT+ rights, social justice and environmental issues. After studying at the University of Manchester, she completed a post graduate Diploma in Law, but was drawn more towards social enterprise in order to make a social change. She co-founded The Proud Trust 15 years ago, and continues to co-lead the organisation. She has been active in local politics and the Cooperative movement, and is active on the boards of The Empowerment People and Voluntary Youth Manchester. She still looks forward to the day when an out lesbian becomes Pope (or Prime Minister).
Amy works alongside Hannah as an LGBT+ Education Development Officer. She began teaching straight out of university and continues to teach secondary school science on her days away from The Proud Trust. Amy became particularly interested in creating a more LGBT+ inclusive curriculum after creating an LGBT+ safe space and classroom resources that celebrated diversity whilst living in Newcastle.
Cath is the one-to-one manager. She has worked with young people for over 30 years. Before joining The Proud Trust she worked for the NHS and volunteered with a wide range of young people focused organisations. She has always been committed to supporting and championing young people. Outside of work, Cath has a healthy obsession with her small brown terrier and enjoys terrier-type adventuring.
Charlotte is an assistant worker for Rochdale Inside Out and Stockport Wednesdays, and loves doing cheesy feel-good activities. She isn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves and get involved in any crazy activity everyone wants. After learning as a volunteer, she has developed a passion for helping and supporting young people, especially with regards to their mental health. With help from her four cats at home, she’s now a youth worker and loves her role.
Chloe is the lead worker for The Proud Trust’s programme for LGBT+ young people of colour and the co-founder of the COLOURS Youth Network for staff and young people. Chloe is also a trainer and resource designer on The Proud Trust’s training team. Outside of work, Chloe is the strategic lead for Rainbow Noir, a social and community action group in Manchester for LGBT+ people of colour, which exists to celebrate and platform LGBT+ people of colour and create spaces to come together away from activism. Chloe really loves looking after her plant family, admiring trainers, dancing, exploring queer spaces, being in the sun and eating cake!
Emily is the training admin worker at The Proud Trust. Emily’s favourite things about her role are learning new things, speaking to a variety of people across different sectors and chatting with schools and partners on the Rainbow Flag Award programme. Outside of work, Emily enjoys spending time with family, her horses (though she admitted she falls off them quite often!) and going to the cinema to watch a variety of different films.
Gordon is a youth worker who has worked in The Proud Trust since the beginning, and has worked in education and communities for over 30 years. Outside of work, he is an avid science fiction fan and includes films such as Alien, Marvel’s Endgame and Star Wars amongst his favourites. In addition, he enjoys reading and discussing philosophical topics and conspiracy theories – the truth of Area 51 is beneath our feet!
Hannah Deane is an Education Development Officer with the Proud Trust. She also works in digital marketing with a variety of small businesses and organisations, and loves it when a marketing plan comes together! Being outside in nature with her family is what makes her smile.
Hebe is the lead worker for LGYM and Trafford and community fundraising. She also coordinates Creative Cafe In her space time, she enjoys hanging out with her cat and making sure she has space to be creative, drawing and experimenting with different materials.
Jack is the central admin worker and IT support; he loves working with The Proud Trust to help create the supportive community he wished for as a young person. Outside of The Proud Trust, he is a writer and creative writing coach, with an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University, and a fan of SF/F, tattoos, and roleplaying games.
Jackie is a cover youth worker with The Proud Trust, which means you’ll find her here, there and everywhere! When she’s not having a good chat with young people, she’s studying for her Counselling & Psychotherapy Masters in Liverpool. Her biggest driver and passion is enabling young people to figure out and celebrate who they are! In her down-time , she enjoys creating character journeys of her own, in writing novels of any genre.
Jess is a youth worker across The Proud Trust’s Cheshire West and Chester groups. Jess is a graduate of History from the University of Manchester. At groups, she can usually be found immersed in craft projects, talking about music and encouraging people to get out into the great outdoors. She enjoys learning about the rich history of LGBT+ people and rights.
Judith works as the Finance Manager with The Proud Trust. She is a qualified accountant with many years of experience working in the charity sector. Working with The Proud Trust allows her to exercise her commitment to social conscience and help & support young people in the process. She loves cycling, running and anything outdoors – she’s been known to cycle from Manchester to Ellesmere Port for a meeting!
Kelly is a youth worker at Femolition Squad, The Proud Trust’s youth group for young trans women and femmes. She has needed time for the language and understanding of gender to develop, so that she has become able to fully express herself. She is a conceptual artist and has a long history of social campaigning, which informed her coordination of Liverpool’s inaugural Trans Pride March in 2019. Kelly is a qualified educator with loads of classroom experience, which has influenced her communal and inclusive approach.
Leia has worked on The Proud Trust’s trans youth provision for the last 7 years. They enjoy sports, hiking, sci-fi, music and films. Above everything, they believe that everyone should be treated with kindness and have an opportunity to thrive in life.
Liv is a youth worker and coordinator with The Proud Trust. Whilst many aspects of her job inspire her, she is especially excited about supporting Sprinkles, our new under-12s group. Working with The Proud trust unites Liv’s desire for LGBT+ community-building with plenty of opportunities to dine out on Jaffa cakes. She loves seeing young people across The Proud Trust support one another and grow into confident self-advocates.
Lucy is The Proud Trust’s design and marketing manager. She is a designer, photographer, film maker, and website creator who likes ice cream, blue skies and sunshine.
Lyndsey is The Proud Trust’s Social Media and Marketing Assistant. They post and chat on our social media platforms to let you know about how we may be able to support you, and aim to encourage a supportive online community. Their favourite past time is shooting a basketball at the local park with friends (rarely does it turn into a game due to lots of talking), and getting pick and mix sweets from the nearest newsagents.
Markus is a Community Café Worker at Sidney St. Café. He has volunteered in the café once before in 2016 and is happy to be back. When he is not working in the café, he is a part-time wizard working the arts. He is also an electronic music producer and loves listening to music, going to concerts and clubbing. Another thing he loves is hiking and being out in nature.
Mattie is a youth work coordinator at The Proud Trust. They run Turtles and Femolition Squad, which are trans youth groups. They also assist with Afternoon TEA, Planet Rainbow and Sprinkles. Mattie is passionate about young people, wellbeing and education. They apply these value to their roles outside The Proud Turst as a scout leader, a facilitator at Manchester Museum, and a facilitator with Connect and Mxer, which are adult trans and non-binary groups.
Matty is a Youth Work & Peer Support Coordinator, youth worker with Rochdale, Wythenshawe, & trans groups, peer support project facilitator and gender explorer. Their LGBT+ role model is Kate Bornstein, who taught them that gender doesn’t have to be a battlefield, it can be the playground.
Max works as the assistant manager at Sidney Street Café. Max’s goals are to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all staff, volunteers and customers. Max also supports volunteers and other workers to expand their skills and knowledge when cooking delicious homemade food! Max enjoys going to metal gigs and festivals in his spare time. His favourite festival experience was Bloodstock 2018.
Nice is a café worker at The Proud Trust. They cook fresh food every day and help run the Sidney Street Café. Nice also trains volunteers who join the café team. Nice is passionate about food, having learnt from a young age from their dida (grandma). Outside of The Proud Trust, Nice enjoys making zines about wrestling and the perils of learning guitar with long hair.
Nichola runs our Young Women’s Health Project and Wythshawe groups, and is a support worker with Fusion. She is a larger-than-life character, full of love and laughter. As a local woman, Nichola embraces the lives of LGBT+ young people across Wythenshawe. Nichola strives to ensure the continual work with young lesbians, bisexual and pansexual women is fun and safe, and the young women gain a strong sense of belief and belonging. Nichola is a dedicated mother of a daughter and a proud owner of an old, blind rescue dog.
Rachael is the finance worker for The Proud Trust. Her main priority when looking for jobs after university was to make a useful contribution to society and have a job that was really worth doing, something that this position definitely fulfils. When she’s not processing invoices, she can be found at home baking!
Sidney Street Cafe Manager
Rachael has managed our training and education programme since 2012 and now leads our national Rainbow Flag Award. They are a professionally qualified youth and community worker with a background in local authority LGBT+ youth work. Rachel also oversees the development of our pioneering and bold educational resources. Outside of work, they consider the Eurovision Song Contests as their Christmas Day, and plot all year about how to win the singles championship at the local tennis club.
Sally Carr MBE is The Proud Trust’s Operational Director. She has dedicated her life to ensuring LGBT+ young people feel safer and happier in every area of their lives. An innovative and creative leader, Sally is passionate about youth work, informal learning opportunities, and fruit gums. She is a Trustee of the National Youth Agency and a Director of Pride Sports (UK) where she drives the agenda on LGBT+ young people’s access and inclusion across services. As a Patron of The Pankhurst Trust, Sally is committed to ensuring that feminist values are embedded across all of her work.
Sam arrived at The Proud Trust age 17 as a young person and never left! A trans youth work specialist, Sam works on our trans youth groups as well as Wednesdays (Stockport), Planet Rainbow (Bolton) and the under-12s LGBt+ groups. He works with young people to create loving, affirming and welcoming spaces. He has special interests in trans body confidence and in the intersections of LGBT+ identities and faith, having gained a BA/MA in Religions & Theology at the University of Manchester.
Youth Worker in Oldham