Our Staff

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.

The LGBT Centre Manager

My LGBT role model is: Adele Patrick, Glasgow Women's Library

In my spare time I like to: Daydream

Contact: 07583309298

10-5pm Mon-Thurs plus in emergencies out of hours any time

I clean Sidney St Cafe twice a week.
Things I like: community journalism, critical thinking, hula hooping and peanut butter.

Strategic Director (gets in the money and goes to meetings!)

I am a lesbian, Catholic, feminist who is a great tap dancer.

I loves good food, especially from Sidney St cafe.

LGBT Role model: Audre Lorde

Favourite pastime: Finding the best lesbian/bisexual characters and plots from TV and film across the world #godblessyoutube

Contact: 07813981338

9-5.30pm daily plus emergency calls on weekends

Lead Youth Work Coordinator (Cheshire West & Wythenshawe)

One to One manager
Favourite passtime  Sitting down. With the perfect cup of tea.
On my desert island I would need Yorkshire tea bags (tea is a theme), music and my small brown dog.
LGBT hero..all the people who fought for the freedoms we have today..and those who continue to fight.

I’m the lead worker for Fusion, Oldham and Proud 2 B Me youth projects and also do outreach work in schools, colleges and youth groups.

Who would play you in a film? Queen Latifah would play me in a film because she is (or used to be more in her early music and acting days) really tough and cool!

My LGBT role model is: A film maker from Liverpool called Sandi Hughes, she is a mixed race, lesbian who has been making films about the Black LGBT community in Liverpool and the UK for years. She is in her 70s now, has amazing energy, so many great life stories and is still a raver! She is really inspiring and has lots important footage of the LGBT community.

Contact: 07519814905

10 - 4pm Mon - Fri

I co-work with Chloe on the 'Youth Out In Oldham group'.

My area of expertise are sport, health and nutrition and I try my best to sneak some physical activities in to our weekly youth group sessions  (often disguised as fun games).

Helena Bonham Carter would play me in a movie and if I were an animal I would be a chimpanzee 🙂

Sidney Street Cafe Manager

Contact: 07834170336

11-12 on a Friday.

(Please leave an answer machine enquiry for café and catering queries and Claire will get back to you within 48 hours).

Youth Worker

Youth worker and community fundraising coordinator

I work at four TPT groups: Stockport, Young Women's, Old Trafford and LGYM. Usually doing something creative too.

Who is your LGBT role model? It's hard to choose just one one but I really admire other lesbian youth workers such as Jan Bridget who were (and still are!) committed to specialist youth work and girls work with young lesbian and bisexual women. Young women are often overlooked in many areas, health being one of them, so having someone listening to their needs, concerns and ideas is that can help to get their voices heard. What I find particularly inspiring about Jan is her resilience when she set up a group for young women and was met with resistance from other women and other parts of our community.
A world without strong lesbian women would be a sad one!

Favourite thing to do in your spare time? My favourite thing to do in my spare time is to make […]

Co coordinator for Ellesmere Port and Chester groups

I volunteer on Afternoon Tea, and chair the NTYN, and also drive minibuses when asked.

If you could introduce one new law what would it be? It would be good if all religions were accepting of all people.

If you were an animal, what would you be...and why? I'd be an Orca, they are majestic animals, who are intelligent and loyal creatures and travel all over the oceans.

Youth Work & Peer Support Coordinator

Youth worker with Rochdale, Wythenshawe, & trans groups.  Peer support project facilitator.  Gender explorer.

Who is your LGBT role model? I have many many many LGBT role models but I'll pick Kate Bornstein because I had the pleasure of meeting them recently and they were fabulous. They taught me that gender doesn't have to be a battlefield, it can be the playground.

If you were an item on a draining board what would you be? If I was an item on a draining board then perhaps I'd be a spork.

Contact: 07873351702

11-2pm Mon - Fri

Sidney St Cafe Assistant

Youth Work Coorinator

I lead on the Young Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Project and Stockport provision.

An LGBT person I admire is: Beth Torbert (of Bif Naked)

If I was an animal: I'd be a squirrel as I like things to be organised.

Contact: 07530316656

4pm-8pm Wednesdays

10-11am on Mondays

Training Coordinator

I am a food loving, music loving, animal geek!

All of my previous roles have been working with animals but young people and volunteers have also played a big part in my career and my life. I love fitness and exercise and have been lucky enough to complete two full marathons which I am very proud of.

An LGBT idol I admire has to be Frida Kahlo - she is awesome in so many ways.

You can make me very happy with a good coffee, a good book and a dog to cuddle! I'm very excited about the future of The Proud Trust and the part I could play in it.

I'm a bank youth worker at any groups or events, so I could be here, there, everywhere!
If I had to describe myself in three words, I would choose, caring, odd and creative.
I love artsy things, fashion and listening to the same song, over and over again.
If I could be any kind of animal, I would choose something with lots of energy, that's friendly and easily distracted - like a ferret.

Finance worker

I make sure that all money coming in and going out is monitored.

In my spare time: I like to run, ride horses and do flyball with our youngest dog.

I'm proud of: All the great work The Proud Trust is doing and the difference its making to so many young lives.

Sidney St Cafe assistant kitchen manager

Contact 07508480902
10-11am and 3-4pm Mon-Fri
(Please leave an answer machine enquiry for café and catering queries and I will get back to you within 48 hours).

Training Manager

I coordinate and deliver our LGBT education offer, training for professionals and workshops for young people.
My LGBT role models are the young people who access our services, always so candid and willing to share their experiences - their stories keep our training and education fresh and relevant.

My perfect day happens every year, on whichever day the Eurovision Song Contest falls on! Never watched it?! Watch it - you can have a perfect day too.

Contact: 07531061777

9-5pm Mon- Fri

Operational Director

I manage all the staff who work with young people in youth and support  groups; and I help to plan the programme to meet young peoples needs.

Who would play you in a film? I'd like to play a mash up of revolutionary and inspirational women from across time and across the globe.

If you were crash landed on a desert island what 3 things would you prioritise for survival? Water, shelter, fire.

Contact: 07900680725

11-7pm daily plus emergency calls on weekend

I'm Youth Worker in Rochdale supporting, advising and just being generally cool there.

Who would play me in a film? That would probably be Jonah Hill because he's super funny and he's also fairly down to earth.

If I was an animal what would I be? I would be an owl for 3 reasons, number one is that the Owl is the logo of Leeds where I am from. They can fly and they can turn their heads 360 degrees!

Trans Youth Worker

I run Afternoon Tea (trans youth group) twice a month, and run our annual trans youth residential

Something I am proud of is: The Afternoon Tea youth group. It has grown so much since it started in 2012 and is now a wonderful group of young people, and a pleasure to work with.

Favourite past time: I have two. The first is playing with my two cats, the second is organising my coin collection (I am a big nerd and have over 1000!)

Contact: 07834168128

12-7pm daily

Young women's youth worker

I love films, music and anything CHEESY!
My LGBT role model is Jodie Foster, if my life becomes a film can we make sure she plays me?

I help cover a wide range of our youth group sessions and also facilitate some of the one-to-one sessions with young people.
I absolutely love the Manchester area and enjoy seeing the brilliant LGBTQ+ work that takes place here.
I'm a massive nerd and the only thing better for me than watching a good movie or TV show is if there's good LGBTQ+ representation in there too!


Sep
26
Tue
4:30 pm Inside Out Rochdale
Inside Out Rochdale
Sep 26 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Inside Out is the Rochdale youth group for lesbian, gay bisexual, trans people or those questioning their gender or sexuality. We do loads of fun activities[...]