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.