Susie Green – CEO (she/her)
Susie first got in touch with Mermaids in 1999, when she needed support for herself and her daughter. She then became a trustee and Chair and has held the position of CEO since January 2016. Over the last 4 years, she has helped the charity to reach out to thousands of children, young people and their families. As someone who has worked in the third sector for twenty years, Susie is committed to ensuring that all children are respected and loved unconditionally.
Dr Belinda Bell (she/her) Chair of trustees
Belinda is passionate about supporting fellow social entrepreneurs to develop and scale their ventures to help make the world a better place. She designs and runs programmes giving entrepreneurs the skills and knowledge they need to have the impact they seek. She has established a range of social enterprises herself including those focusing on finance, ageing and young people. Belinda also teaches Social Innovation to Masters students and on various academic programmes at Cambridge Judge Business School. Belinda holds a professional Doctorate by public works, a Masters Degree in Community Enterprise and a Batchelors degree in Social Anthropology. She is the parent of three young adults, one of whom is transgender.
Katarzyna Khider (she/her) trustee
Kasia is a CIMA qualified Chartered Global Management Accountant and has a MSc degree in Finance Management from AGH University in Krakow, Poland. She has over 14 years’ experience in UK charity accounting. Kasia currently holds a role of Head of Finance and Operations at Peace Direct, where she is responsible for financial management, HR, IT systems and information security.
She is a mum of two young people and is very committed to making the world a more welcoming place for all.
Grey Collier (they/them) trustee
Grey is a passionate advocate for the rights of trans children and young people, having
come out to the world as a trans person (transmasc/non-binary) about 25 years after they
came out to themselves.
As Advocacy Director at the civil liberties and human rights NGO, Liberty, Grey oversees
Liberty’s strategic litigation, policy work and campaigns, advice and information service, and
Liberty’s investigative journalism unit, who all work together to protect rights and hold the
powerful to account. Grey’s professional background is as an anti-discrimination and human
rights lawyer, including a stint as Legal Director at the Equality and Human Rights
Grey is also a trustee of Trust for London, a charitable foundation which tackles poverty and inequality in London, is training to a be a priest in the Church of England, and is a parent to three teenagers.
Joe Dunn (He/Him) trustee
Joe is passionate about making a difference to the lives of trans young people and their families, through helping them to avoid unnecessary suffering and to achieve everything that they dream of in life.
Joe has over 20 years engineering and manufacturing experience of which the last 15 years have been in leadership positions. He currently works as a Manufacturing Plant Director in the UK, having previously held similar positions internationally. Joe is experienced in strategic planning and operations and he holds a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Warwick.
Over the last few years Joe has been volunteering with AKT in Manchester, a charity that supports LGBTQ+ young people in the UK who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment.
Jaimin (he/him) trustee
Jaimin works as an actuary in the insurance industry. He is on the committee of the LGBT+ network at his current employer, which he helped launch. He is also the treasurer of a peer-to-peer support group for trans men and trans masculine people.
As an Indian trans man Jaimin is aware of some struggles trans people of colour may be facing. He is committed to transforming the world into a place where all trans and gender diverse people are thriving.
Jaimin supports other charity initiatives including the Hemraj Goyal Foundation, who provide resources and aid to a range of women’s and children’s charities around the world, including in the UK and India
ETHAN BUTTERISS (HE/HIM) trustee
Ethan is currently working as part of a research team at York St John University, where he also lectures part-time on topics of gender identity. Ethan’s personal experience of coming out as transgender in the midst of graduating and qualifying as a primary school teacher made him feel passionately about work around inclusivity and equality.
Ethan is a current PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is exploring how teacher education may be developed to better equip teachers to support their transgender and gender-diverse students. In his spare time, Ethan enjoys long-distance running and supporting his local trans support group through his role there as a committee member.
Dr Katie McDowell (they/them) trustee
Katie has spent a large portion of their career campaigning and advocating for young people; they are currently a junior doctor in paediatrics but formerly had a successful 10 year career in policy, public affairs and campaigning. They worked with a range of young people’s organisations including three years at young people’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent.
They spent two years as an elected representative on the steering group of cancer charity coalition, the Cancer Campaigning Group, and served as a primary school governor for four years.
As a queer, non-binary and neurodiverse human, they are passionate about ensuring that trans young people have access to the support and advice they need to be their authentic self.
Meet some of our amazing team…
Director of Communications, Fundraising and Campaigns
Helpline Service Manager
Verity (Vez) Smith
Trans Inclusion in Sports Youth Worker
Trans People of Colour Youth Engagement Officer
Helpline Service Officer
Helpline Service Supervisor
Helpline Service Officer
Helpline Service Officer
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