Galop has a small but hard-working staff team whose roles encompass a wide variety of duties and projects.
Interim Chief Executive : Marianna Tortell
Leads Galop and is responsible for maintaining the strategic direction of the organisation, as well as managing all its operational and fundraising functions. She is also responsible for publicly representing Galop, and leads on developments in policy, campaigning, partnership working, training and consultation.
Office Manager : Michael Dresser
Michael maintains and develops Galop’s systems, including its online presence. He ensures the office runs smoothly and manages various communications projects, including developing Galop’s current visual identity through design and publicity. His background is in office administration, web and graphic design.
Domestic Abuse Partnership Co-ordinator : Jamey Fisher
Jamey coordinates the London LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership, which provides advice, support, and advocacy to LGBT people who have experienced domestic abuse. She is able to give advice on safety, reporting incidents to the police, and housing issues relating to domestic abuse. She has special experience in supporting victims/survivors of sexual abuse.
Casework and Development Officer : Nick Antjoule
Nick forms part of our advice service to people who have experienced homophobic and transphobic hate crime. This includes taking reports as well as offering advice and support. His focus is on London but he is also working to build our links with the Home Counties and map services to victims of hate crime nationally.
Specialist Sexual Abuse Caseworker : Catherine Bewley
Catherine works with any LGBT people – whatever your age, gender identity or lifestyle – who have experienced sexual abuse or violence, however or whenever it happened. Catherine helps people talk through what has happened to them; find the right support or counseling; get health, housing or other sorts of advice; and make reports to the police if they want to, anonymously or not. Catherine supports people through the police and criminal justice process, up to and beyond court if necessary. Catherine also does outreach on sexual rights and safety to LGBT groups and professionals. Catherine has worked in community and voluntary organisations for many years, especially in disability rights.
Young Person’s Sexual & Domestic Abuse Caseworker (IDVA) : Cat Everett
Cat is the Young Person’s Domestic and Sexual Abuse Caseworker. She works with LGBT under 25′s who have experienced domestic or sexual abuse. She is able to help people talk through their experiences, find the right support or counselling, make reports to the police if they want to, anonymously or not. Cat can support people through the police and criminal justice process, from report to court. She can give advice on safety and housing issues relating to domestic abuse. Cat also delivers workshops to young people on issues around domestic abuse.
Shine @ Galop Project Co-ordinator : Ben Gooch
Ben is working to improve Galop’s services for all trans people, whatever your identity(s) however you self-define. In its first phase, the project will offer practical support through free voice and movement workshops. Ben also wants to chat to trans people, to create an organisation that better understands and meets the needs of our communities.
The second part of the project will build on this work, developing resources to both encourage organisations to be more trans inclusive, and to influence policy change. The project will seek to challenge the narrow definition of trans which excludes many trans and gender queer people from services and legal protections.
Ben is a trans man who has been involved with the trans/queer communities for many years. Co-chairing FTM London until May 2009, working on the sci:dentity project, transfabulous, and The Lovers and Fighters Convention.
Casework and Information Officer : Peter Kelley
The caseworker role forms part of Galop’s advice service for victims of homophobic and transphobic hate crime. This includes taking assisted non-police reports, and giving support and advice to victims of crime. Peter works with colleagues to develop a range of best practice tools, to reduce the overall incidence and impact of hate crime, including factsheets, website and briefing documents. He also works with colleagues to improve Galop’s information and outcome capturing capacity.