Tim Ramsey

Chief Executive

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. 

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.

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.

Ellie Keel

Director

Ellie studied German and Italian at university.

She has worked as a theatre and opera producer for Forward Arena, OperaUpClose, The North Wall Arts Centre and others. She has specialised in producing new writing, including the premiere of Howard Coase's play Callisto: a queer epic. 

 

Ellie joined Just Like Us in May 2016. She lives in London and Kent.

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.

Arif Adam

Programme Officer

 

Arif has worked full time in the charity sector for over 7 years, working with organisations that support young people, the visually impaired, social isolation, anti-bullying and the LGBT+ community.

Having had quite a difficult time at school, Arif is extremely passionate about anti-bullying work, which led him to Just Like Us.

Arif is an avid theatre-goer, 80s, 90s & 00s pop culture officianado and (economy) world traveller!

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.

Emma Fay

Schools and Colleges Manager

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.

Emma is currently on parental leave.

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 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. 

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. 

Founding Chair