Where we started
In November 2000, University College London held an ‘exploratory’ sex education workshop for medical students. This led to the original idea of Sexpression:UK and the formation of a committee along with a branch in Edinburgh. Since then Sexpression:UK has grown to more than twenty branches in universities across country in the United Kingdom.
2019-2020 National Committee
External, Press & Acting National Director
Hello! My name is Joanna, and I’m your Externals, Press and Acting National Director. This is my sixth year volunteering with Sexpression:UK (I’ve been a part of Manchester, Oxford, and Warwick branches), and I was previously the finance director on national committee. This year I am aiming to forge new relationships and collaborations with external organisations, and spread Sexpression:UK’s message, so more people can hear all about the incredible work that we do!
Hi, I'm Eva! I'm a fifth year medic, and I've been volunteering with Sexpression:Oxford since first year. I think all young people should have access to engaging, inclusive, non-judgemental RSE, and I'm incredibly proud to be part of an organisation delivering exactly that. I've learnt so much from going to schools and talking to young people, from Sexpression:UK volunteers I've worked alongside over these years, and from various roles I've had on the Oxford committee. I feel honoured and excited to be Branches Director this year - I am looking forward to supporting our branches all over the UK in the amazing work that they do, and learning even more from them!
Hi! I’m David, your Finance Director for this year! I also served as last year’s Fundraising Director. I started with Sexpression in 2014 at the Newcastle branch where I’ve been Training Coordinator, Branch Coordinator, as well as on the 2015 National Conference organising committee and this will my 6th year. The Finance role is mostly behind-the-scenes but I am more than happy to lend a hand with any projects or exciting ideas that may come up so please don’t hesitate to reach out! My goal this year is to continue Joanna’s work and lead our migration into a new and streamlined finance and banking process so that in the future, we can continue to work more efficiently and responsively with branches and our partners. It’s been an amazing and fruitful journey and I am excited to continue growing with Sexpression in the upcoming year!
Hi! I’m Ben and I’m in the second year of my PPE degree at Warwick. I’ve been involved with Sexpression:Warwick since I started uni so it’s an honour to help Sexpression:UK as its Fundraising Director. Sexpression:UK changes the lives of so many young people so I want branches to be able to have the funds to help as many young people as possible.
Hello! I'm Eddi and I'm the Training Director for this year. I'm
a 3rd year
student studying BA Education at UEA in Norwich. I've been volunteering with
Sexpression:UK for 4
years now and I really enjoy what we do, so I'm excited to take it to the next
level. I am hoping
my experience of being Training Coordinator at UEA and my degree in Education will
assist me in
excelling at this role to further develop the quality training and teaching services we
Hi I'm Bede and I'm the Advocacy Director. I've been volunteering with Sexpression:Warwick for a year and a bit now. I love being part of an organisation which gives the advice I desperately needed when I was at school. Everyone has a right to comprehensive and accurate RSE. I've learnt so much about myself and my relationships since joining Sexpression and I want to help other people learn the same!
Laina Cores Birch
Hello, my name is Laina and I’m Sexpression:UK’s Communications Director this year. I am studying Russian and Spanish at the University of Manchester and am going into my third year of volunteering for Sexpression:UK. I dove right in, onto the committee of the Manchester branch as a fresher and went on to chair the branch. I am excited to now be involved on a national level, running our communications and overseeing social media. With the ever growing importance of an online presence, I believe I will help raise Sexpression:UK's profile to ensure that as many people as possible receive the right to comprehensive RSE.
Before joining WE in March, Gill was a Board Director at Forster Communications, where she created award-winning sustainability programmes and behaviour change campaigns for clients including global businesses and UK and international charities. Gill has fifteen years’ experience building brands, developing communications strategies, researching behavioural motivations and working with all kinds of people, from global corporate directors to charity trustees.
Jules was Deputy Chief Executive and Interim Chief Executive at Brook, the young people’s sexual health organisation, where she led campaigning, communications, policy and participation. She has also worked for The Family Planning Association, CITB-ConstructionSkills, The Prince’s Trust and The Blue Cross.She is happy to talk about her experience and her brilliant work supporting Sexpression:UK on Twitter, where she is @rosylight.
Matthew is a junior doctor working in Wales having graduated from Cardiff University Medical School in July 2017. He first joined the network as a volunteer in 2012 and has subsequently held may roles within the organisation including on branch and national committees before being asked to join the Board of Trustees. As Finance Director Matthew led the process to register Sexpression:UK with the Charity Commission and this was successfully completed in April 2016. He currently holds the position of Honorary Treasurer on the Board of Trustees.Matthew also has experience with trustee roles in other organisations and was until recently a Trustee of The Family Planning Association and was a member of the organisations Youth Advisory Committee when it was relaunched in December 2016. He has previously spent two years as a Trustee of Cardiff University Students’ Union. Matthew has been a passionate supporter of the campaign for compulsory, comprehensive relationships and sex education.
George W X Barker
I’m delighted to have been National Director to have built upon the amazing work of our branches and previous national committees. It is an exciting time for the charity as we move towards compulsory relationships and sex education. I’m a fifth year medical student at University College London and have been involved with (and coordinated) Sexpression:UK at my branch for 5 years. I have enjoyed delivering sessions in schools, as well as training up volunteers and working with our university and local organisations. Now I’m building on our relationships with our partner organisations, coordinating our media and press relationships and working with the trustees. I’ve been fortunate to be able to represent Sexpression:UK in Parliament, at working groups, in the media and at national events, and look forward to continuing this work in the future alongside working for, and on behalf of, our wonderful volunteers, branches and trustees.
Hannah was a member of Sexpression:UK from September 2012 until June 2019. During that time she held positions on her local committee including branch coordinator and delivered multiple sessions to young people. She then went on to be Branches Director and then National Director until she graduated. She is now a trustee and works as a doctor hoping to pursue a career in obstetrics and gynaecology. Hannah hopes to be able to support the current national committee with her knowledge and experience of how the organisation works.
Andrew originally trained as a physical theatre performer, spending many years throwing himself around on stage. He has taught PSHE in schools across the country since 2000. His work with Equal Voice centred around creating a safe environment in which learners could express their feelings, resolve conflict and build self-esteem. This approach remains core to his work today, facilitating RSE sessions that are informative, enjoyable and comfortable to be in. Andrew now has his own RSE training company teachsre.co.uk, having previously worked as a senior trainer with leading RSE resource provider CWP Resources Ltd. Here he trained hundreds of teachers, building confidence and modelling good practice. He also assisted in the writing of ‘Teaching RSE in Primary Schools’ which was awarded the PSHE association quality mark. Andrew also supports London Schools with their Healthy Schools awards as an advisor for Health Education Partnership.