Kate Hutchinson

Kate Hutchinson is Director of Training at Wipe Out Transphobia. In this role Kate has provided training and support for a number of organisations including Barnardo’s, Welsh Women’s aid and the NHS.

In October 2015 she was invited by the LBGT charity, Stonewall Cymru to deliver the first session for them within Wales on ‘Supporting Trans Staff’ at their workplace conference at the millennium centre in Cardiff.

She is a volunteer for a number of organisations including Diversity Role Models, All About Trans and is Trans liaison at Chester Pride.

Kate is leading the workshop Positive Steps – Inclusion in Action at 11.45 – 12.45pm. Kate is also co-organiser of School Revision.

Juno Roche

Juno, a former teacher, now campaigner and public speaker, has a wide range of experience going into schools and businesses – both government and corporate – helping to create an environment that facilitates and enables good, holistic policy to be created in line with company or school ethos.

She has written policy extensively and looked at how to maximise the aspirational experience that transgender employees and pupils will bring. She believes it makes economic, social and cultural sense to embrace these opportunities.

She is an accomplished public speaker, and regularly speaks at corporate dinners, conferences,  schools and government events. She is also a Patron of CliniQ and a member of SWIFT.

Juno is co-organiser of School Revision and outcomes from the event will feed into her education round-table discussion which she’s facilitating in July.

Jason Barker

From award winning film maker and animator to illustrator, musician and curator, Jason has found the joy in making work, and in sharing the work of others he finds, liberating. Alongside his work as Education Lead, Bristol youth group facilitator and trainer for Gendered Intelligence (GI), he is a curator and programmer for the British Film Institute and, after participating in GI’s Trans Acting course last year, made his acting debut at the Royal Court Theatre.

For Gendered Intelligence, Jason co-ordinates their work in the education sector. He was the artist and facilitator on the webcomic project Transvengers with the Wellcome Trust in 2014, as well as a co-facilitator on the ‘What makes your gender? – hacking into the Science Museum’ project. He was also the visual documenter on the GI’s Anatomy project. He is an award-winning filmmaker, comix artist, occasional stand-up comedian, co-producer of Transfabulous and a programmer of the BFI Flare, the London LGBT Film Festival. He is a freelance animator and his recent clients include Central School of Speech & Drama, The British Film Institute and Galop. Jason also facilitates the GI trans youth group in Bristol, GI West and is a mentor. Jason likes corduroy, slippers and proper puddings with custard.

Jason is leading the Drama lesson at 11.45 – 12.45pm with Krishna Istha. He is also leading the Workshop: supporting schools to be trans inclusive at 1.30 – 2.30pm.

Sarah Savage

Sarah is an author, speaker and trans rights campaigner. She is co-founder of Trans* Pride Brighton, Protest Transphobia and a patron to Wipe Out Transphobia. Born on the sunny island of Jersey, she moved to Brighton in 2011 and agreed to share her early transition experiences with Channel 4’s documentary series, My Transsexual Summer.

In 2015 Sarah published her first children’s book, Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl? Illustrated by Fox Fisher this book aims to empower children and adults alike to open up conversations about gender roles and stereotypes.

Sarah is leading the Literature lesson at 11.45 – 12.45pm.

Dr Jay Stewart, MBE

Jay has been involved in the trans community since 2002. Since then he has developed a passion for increasing opportunities for trans people’s voices to be heard in all of their diversity, intelligence and richness. In 2008 Jay co-founded Gendered Intelligence alongside Dr Catherine McNamara and now oversees the main activities across the organisation.

Gendered Intelligence (GI) is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, established in 2008. They work predominantly with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; they specialise in supporting young trans people aged 8-25. GI deliver trans youth programmes, support for parents and carers, professional development and trans awareness training for all sectors. For schools, college and universities they offer workshops and assemblies for students, training for staff and a mentoring scheme for young trans people.

Jay is co-organiser of School Revision and leading the lesson programme during the day.

Krishna Istha

Krishna Istha is a genderqueer performance maker and actor. Their work takes the form of comedic political acts and alter egos that focus on themes of queer culture, gender politics and feminism. Their work more often than not turns into a physical and vocal endurance test. Pink Fringe once described their work as “Politicised pop culture parody at its finest” and it seems immensely apt as a description.

Krishna is leading the Drama lesson at 11.45 – 12.45pm with Jason Barker.

Jake Jones

Jake Jones

Jake has enjoyed sports from a very early age. He played rugby for his local boys team and when he got to U12 was no longer allowed to play for them. Jake chose to turn the situation around into a positive and found a passion in coaching and teaching. He tailored the rest of his school, college, and university life towards his goal of becoming a PE teacher.

Jake graduated from his PGCE in July 2011 and started working straight away in East London. He is now in his fifth year of teaching. Partly due to its large size (1500 pupils y7-11), the school is often described as a challenging environment, but Jake still loves each day.  Excitingly Jake ‘transitioned’ in October 2014 whilst staying in his role full-time as PE teacher. The pupils have shared his journey, going through times together. Being able to align to his gender as well as have his passion as his job is the best feeling he has known.

Jake is leading the P.E. lessons at 10.30 – 11.30am and 1.30 – 2.30pm.

Jo Shah

An experienced Film and Media Studies lecturer, Jo has taught on a range of courses from GCSE to MA level and assessed and authored Media qualifications for AQA and Pearson Education. After having been Pathway Leader and Lecturer on the PGCE, Media Studies at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Jo now manages the Learning Centre and the Learning Skills Programme at Central – whilst teaching Screen Studies to MA Acting for Screen. Her current PhD research specialises in Media Education and is being undertaken at the Institute of Education, UCL.

Jo is leading the Media Studies lesson with Fox Fisher at 1.30 – 2.30pm.

Karen Field

Karen Field

Karen Field is an established Science Team Leader in a Hounslow Academy and has been teaching for over 30 years. She has actively promoted every aspect of Science for all, irrespective of gender stereotypes and expectations. Over the years she has worked with the Royal Society of Chemists, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Institute of Physics, Kew Gardens, the Institute of Cosmetics, B.A.A and many other companies and establishments in their outreach and education programmes. She has tried to lead by example and show that it is okay to be different. She started her career in the East End of London before moving to West London where she found that the local “cockney accent” got stronger rather than the way she expected. This has apparently rubbed off on her!

Karen is leading the Biology: Our Bodies lesson at 10.30 – 11.30am.

Bridget Chapman

Bridget is a teacher with more than ten years experience of working in London schools. She is Assistant Branch Secretary of Lambeth National Union of Teachers (NUT) and Secretary of Folkestone NUT. As Chair of the Anti-Academies Alliance she campaigns against the privatisation of the education system. Having spent most of her teaching career working as an EAL and SEN teacher in inclusion departments in London, she now works teaching unaccompanied asylum seekers (also known as young people) on the Kent Coast.

She believes passionately that all children are entitled to a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum that prepares them for happy and useful lives.  She feels that all young people deserve to be supported and included. 

Catherine Reynolds

Catherine Reynolds

Catherine is currently working part-time as a Youth and Community Development Worker supporting the ‘Trans Youth Wrexham’ Project, funded by the People’s Health Trust. The project, managed by West Rhyl Young People’s Project, is supporting gender variant young people to become active agents of change in their lives.

Catherine has a professional background in both health and education services. Throughout her career Catherine has worked as a teacher, school counselor, senior lecturer in H.E., Education Services Co-ordinator (PSHE), Health Improvement Manager, freelance consultant, facilitator, trainer, writer, evaluator and public mental health strategist.

Catherine has worked for the National Mental Health Development Unit as a Specialist within the Population Well-being and Mental Health Team during 2010-11. Catherine is a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine, a member of the International Initiative in Mental Health Leadership and a trainer for Royal Society for Public Health.

Catherine Reynolds and Brian Dobson undertook research commissioned by Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services (LCVS), ‘Being, Belonging and Becoming. Trans people’s experiences of living, working socializing and accessing services in Liverpool’, November 2011, The DAO Collaborative.

Catherine is co-leading the Workshop: Positive Steps – Inclusion in Action with Kate Hutchinson at 11.45 – 12.45pm.

Fox Fisher

Fox Fisher is an artist, film-maker and campaigner. After taking part in Channel 4’s My Transsexual Summer, he set up My Genderation and has made 50+ short films on gender identity, with Lewis Hancox. Their film ‘Tayler’ won BBC Fresh and was broadcast in 2015. My Trans Story is 8 short films, created with All About Trans for Channel 4 in 2015.  Fox also co-created 8 short films on trans issues for the NHS, commissioned by GIRES, promoted by NHS Choices.  Fox promotes trans matters through appearances on television: ITV This Morning Breakfast TV (2011), BBC Inside Out (2012), Arte Europa (2013) BBC Victoria Derbyshire (2016). He is an advisor to All About Trans, co-created 25 short films for their Patchwork project and facilitated interactions with BBC, Daily Mail, The Sun & The Observer, to discuss representation in media.

As director of Lucky Tooth Films, Fox made Vicky Beeching’s ‘coming out’ video, comedy Heartichoke and recently worked with Will Young on music video Brave Man, casting a trans lead. Fox plays the role of Jake Greenleaf  (a gay transman) in Radio 4’s book adaptations of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City (2016). Fox also co-created the Trans Acting course / Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, is one of the script consultants for BBC Eastenders’, trans character Kyle (2016). He is Patron for LGBT Switchboard, FTM Wales & ‘Ties To Love’, Co-creator of Children’s book: Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl? with Sarah Savage, and Co-creator of Trans Pride Brighton (2013+). In 2014 he spoke at Tedx Brighton, the same year that University of Brighton made him a ‘Brighton Titan’.  Fox is acknowledged on The Independent’s Rainbow List for their work in film and in the community (2014 – 2016) and was recently listed on Huffington Post ‘9 Inspirational Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Men Who Are Redefining Masculinity’.

Fox is co-leading the Media Studies lesson with Film and Media Studies lecturer Jo Shah at 1.30 – 2.30pm.