Dominic Arnall

Chief Executive

Dominic has worked in the charity sector in most of his adult life.  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 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.

Rory Smith

Director of Strategy

Rory studied History as an undergrad in the UK before a year of graduate study in the USA.

 

He 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.

Marco Greco

Head of Development

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.

Anthony Melia

Schools and Colleges Officer

 

Anthony studied History and Hispanic Studies at university, before working in education.

 

Prior to joining Just Like Us, he worked for the British Council and an Erasmus-funded project in Seville. More recently, he ran schools programmes at the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) in his home city of Liverpool.

 

Anthony had a largely positive experience growing up LGBT+, and wants to ensure all young people have that opportunity. Outside of work, he enjoys all things Tudor related.

Josh Buckland

Programmes Officer

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.

Malik Haddington-Ahmed

Programmes Assistant

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

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.

Malik is passionate about JLU’s mission in creating school environments where all LGBT+ young people feel they can be themselves without fear or judgement.

Our Founder

Tim Ramsey

Founder

Having grown up thinking that being gay was wrong, Tim didn't believe he'd ever come out.

 

All that changed when he met a guy called Ben. Tim and Ben had everything in common apart from one thing: Ben was openly gay. As a role model Tim could relate to, Ben gave him the confidence to come out. When He did, all Tim wished was that he had heard from Ben when he was 11, not 25. 

 

So Tim set up Just Like Us to do that: to provide LGBT+ young people with relatable role models, so they don't need to be afraid about being LGBT+ and grow up able to be themselves and thrive

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

Founding Chair

Andrew Stockley

Founding Chair (2015-2019)

Andrew is the Dean of the City Law School at the University of London. He is also a Senior Member of Brasenose College, Oxford, and an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Auckland. 

 

He has been involved in university education for his whole career, having headed three law schools and been the Senior Tutor of Brasenose College and a member of the Oxford University Law Faculty. His links with secondary schools include having coached the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Team at ten world championships.