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Dominic Arnall
Chief Executive

Dominic joined Just Like Us from the mental health charity Mind, working on the mental health campaign Time to Change as Head of Programme Management. Prior to this, as Head of Projects and Programmes at Stonewall, Dominic led their education team, supporting the largest LGBT+ education programme in Europe and their international programmes team whose work focused on Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans and Turkey.

 

Dominic also is Chair of LGBT+ mental health charity Mind Out.

Taz Rasul
Director of Volunteering

Taz is a Londoner whose experience as an LGBT+ kid in a state comprehensive was positive. She’s keen to make sure that more young people feel the benefits of being safe and happy at school.

 

Taz has run programmes involving young people at Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, Students' Union UCL and Cambridge University Students’ Union.

Emma Fay
Director of Education

Emma was an English Teacher in secondary schools in London for several years before joining the charity sector.

Experiencing school as an LGBT+ young person and then going on to support students as a teacher motivates Emma to champion LGBT+ equality and education.

They previously worked as the Head of Innovation and Development at a national volunteering charity.

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Marco studied Biology as an undergraduate before entering the charity sector.

Marco is passionate about supporting organisations changing people's lives, and has raised significant funds over an eight year period for the British Red Cross and children's charity Coram's Fields. Along the way, he picked up a master's degree in Voluntary Sector Management.

All young people should grow up in a world where they have the freedom, confidence and support to fully be themselves. That's the reason Marco joined Just Like Us.

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Director of Development

Amy Ashenden
Director of Comms and Media
 

Amy is a journalist and has worked in several national and international newsrooms, such as the Evening Standard Online, Mirror Online and PinkNews, where she lead their production team.

She is passionate about LGBT+ visibility, intersectional representation and platforming the positive work that Just Like Us is doing to make education more inclusive and support LGBT+ young people.

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Josh Buckland
Volunteering Manager

Josh worked as as a drama coach before moving to London. There, he delivered anti-bullying training to young people across the UK and led on a government-partnered project tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in schools.

Josh is passionate about ensuring that all LGBT+ young people feel heard, represented and safe throughout their formative years. He was drawn to Just Like Us by its dedication in empowering LGBT+ people to tell their stories with pride and confidence, and in turn inspiring others to be themselves and foster a kinder, more equal world.

Frankie Cowper
Education Programmes Officer

A former primary school teacher, Frankie has researched LGBT+ inclusive education as part of her Masters and her experiences have motivated her to help schools make their environments happier, more accepting places for both pupils and staff.

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Malik Haddington-Ahmed
Social Media Officer

Malik joined Just Like Us as an ambassador in the Manchester hub in October 2018, before becoming Programmes Assistant and then Social Media Officer.

Having been drawn to Just Like Us after recognising how much the charity would have helped him growing up, Malik has spoken in front of almost 1,000 young people about LGBT+ equality, written an article in GAY TIMES about his experiences growing up LGBT+, and won ‘Ambassador of the Year’ at Just Like Us’ 2020 Role Model Awards.

Georgia Acton
Development Assistant

Georgia joined Just Like Us as an ambassador for the Bristol hub in 2017. After completing her Master’s degree in Chemistry, she joined the Just Like Us team as the Development Assistant.


Knowing that the work Just Like Us does would have made a world of difference to her growing up, Georgia is passionate about making sure all young people know that there’s no one way to be LGBT+ and is excited about the prospect of helping young people feel empowered to be authentic, open and happy. 

Lorcan Bevan Niss
Volunteering Assistant

Lorcan studied English Language and Linguistics at University, with a focus on changing LGBT+ language. As LGBT+ Officer at Brighton University, ze worked in making the university more trans inclusive.

Lorcan is a firm believer in the need for LGBT+ young people to be able to be unapologetically themselves, and hopes to continue making the Ambassador Programme an inclusive and welcoming programme for all our young LGBT+ volunteers.

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Our Founder

Tim Ramsey
Founder

Tim Ramsey studied Classics and Arabic at university in the UK, Syria and Oman. 

 

Having managed a charity in the West Bank, Tim has worked as a Classics Teacher in the South of England, served as a Team Leader in India for Raleigh International and worked as a Consultant in cyber security strategy. 

Our trustees

Daniel Gerring

Chair

 

Daniel is a partner at City law firm Travers Smith. He's the firm’s Senior LGBT+ Champion and a member of its Diversity and Inclusion Board.

 

Daniel volunteers extensively in the charity and not for profit sector including with Refugees at Home, Stonewall, the Police and City YMCA.  He was recently named as one of the top 100 LGBT Global Executives by the FT and OUTstanding, and recognised as a Top 10 Inspirational Leader at the British LGBT Awards.

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Gillian Bowen

Trustee

Gillian Bowen is the Chief Executive Officer of City YMCA. She has a background of leading youth organisations having previously held Chief Executive Officer and Director positions.  Gillian also has experience of front line youth work having started her career working in Young Offender Institutions and working with disadvantaged young people. She has been in the youth field for 20 years and is also a Magistrate and sits on the Central London Bench.

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Michael Davies

Trustee

 

Michael Davies spent the first twenty years of his career in business: firstly with Procter and Gamble and Kellogg and then management consulting in New York and Chicago. After running the US arm of an international consultancy for two years he returned to the UK to retrain as a teacher.

 

He is married with four children and has launched Parallel Histories, a charity developing a  pioneering way to teach conflict. 

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Chris Paouros 

Trustee

Chris is a highly strategic business and charity leader, specialising in the growth of small organisations on a global scale. Chris is also Non-Executive Director of Leaders Unlocked, Director of the Women’s Equality Party and has recently been appointed to the FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board. 

 

A passionate football fan, Chris is the Co-Chair of Proud Lilywhites (the official Tottenham Hotspur LGBT+ Supporters Association) co-founder of Pride in Football. 

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Rory Smith 

Trustee

Rory has worked at the UK Cabinet Office for the Government Digital Service, and previously in Brussels for the European Commission. 

His own experience of growing up gay at the 'all boys all boarding' Harrow School forms his motivation to work with Just Like Us.