2021-2022 National Committee
Hello, my name is Ellie and I’m Sexpression:UK’s National Director this year. I am in my 6th year studying at Cardiff Medical School including completing my BSc in Medical Education and I have been a member of Sexpression Cardiff since I started. I'm devoted to improving global sexual health and believe that education holds the power to achieve this. I joined the National Committee in last summer as the Externals and Press Director. I've learned so much since becoming a Sexpression volunteer in 2016 and hope this year I can create opportunities for our membership to achieve the same.
Externals and Press Director
Hey! I'm Lewis, this years Sexpression:UK Externals and Press Director. I'm a 2nd year Adult and Mental Health Nursing student at the University of Leicester. I've been a member of Sexpression since I started university, taking on multiple roles in my branch committee prior to joining the national committee. I have a real passion for providing inclusive and comprehensive sex education to ensure no young person feels left out due to the way they may feel or identify. Through my time on the Leicester committee, I have worked closely with local organisations to improve services, access to contraception and education opportunities for young people and university students. I am thrilled to take on this role and endeavour to work with our partners, affiliates and branches as well as proactively work with the press and media to promote the work and aims of Sexpression:UK on a national level!
Hello all, I’m delighted to introduce myself to you as Branches Director 2020/21. I’m originally from Ireland but I’m very proud to hail from Sexpression:UK’s most northerly branch, Aberdeen. This is my sixth year involved with Sexpression:UK, having served previously as Branch Coordinator at my local branch. I’m passionate about the unique branch-based model of our organisation and I’m looking forward to meeting Sexpressioners from up and down the UK and helping each of our wonderful branches reach their full potential.
Hello! My name is Takunda and I am Sexpression UK's Financial Director 2021/2022. After being involved with my local Leicester branch for three years as volunteer, Social Media Secretary and now Secretary - I can't get enough! I am currently a medical student which makes my roles and involvement within Sexpression all the more exciting, and I enjoy the collaboration between not just SRE and schools, but within education, campus and healthcare too. Outside of Sexpression I also work in medical education, especially on topics surrounding the theme of decolonisation and racial equality, something that lends itself very well to my posts.
Hiya! My name is Liam, and I'll be serving as the Fundraising Director of Sexpression:UK this year. I’m a 3rd year PhD student at Sheffield, researching the chemistry and clean-up of nuclear waste from accident sites. Currently I'm sitting as the Finance & Development Officer for Sexpression:Sheffield. I'm thrilled to be a part of the National Committee, supporting this charity and all the branches that provide the nation’s youth with such a vital service.
Child Protection Director
Hi, I'm Jess and I'm the Child Protection Director for this year. I'm going into my fourth year of studying English and International Relations at St Andrews University, and also my fourth year of being involved with Sexpression. I'm passionate about providing accessible, inclusive and diverse relationship and sexual health education, and I'm so excited to take on this role. My emails are always open for any questions you have, so please don't hesitate to get in touch!
Hey! I'm Suzi and I'm going into my third year as an undergraduate sociology student at Newcastle University.
I have been volunteering and working for various organisations who champion inclusive and empowering sex education since I was 15. My experience as a youth volunteer has led to a deep passion to raise the volume of young people's voices in the RSE community. I believe that in order to make sure the sessions we deliver are as relevant and exciting as they can be we should be listening to young people as experts in their own lives.
As Training Director I am looking forward to working collaboratively with everyone on NC as I am well aware that, as much as I would love to, I don't have all the answers all the time. So, whenever you feel I can help please let me know!
Hi, I’m James and I’m your Advocacy Director for this year! I’m going into my fourth year studying medicine. This year I will be intercalating at Imperial in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences, after which I will return to Cardiff for the rest of my medical degree. I’ve been volunteering with Sexpression since my first year in medical school, but this is my first National Committee role and I’m really excited to be joining the team. Comprehensive and inclusive RSHE should be the reality for all young people and I’m keen to play a part in working towards making that happen.
I hope to engage Sexpression and its branches with key advocacy topics throughout the year such as sexual health, contraception, consent, sexual assault and more! Throughout the year I would like to provide branches with information packs and infographics that they can share on local levels. I also have a range of posters that can be distributed amongst the branches for them to use as they please to aid in teaching and advocacy.
Hi there! I'm Hannah, and I'm the Communications Director this year! I study Psychology at the Northumbria University. I started with Sexpression last year, setting up a branch at my university and becoming branch coordinator/training officer. Unfortunately because of the pandemic I've not been able to do as much as I'd have liked but I'm excited to get hands on and stuck in this year.
Matt has been Chair of Trustees at Sexpression:UK since February 2020 having been on the Board since the end of 2016. He has worked with Sexpression:UK since 2011 initially starting out as a volunteer with the Cardiff branch before being elected to roles on both local and national committees and working to register the organisation with the Charity Commission. Matt has previous experience as a trustee having been on the Board of the Family Planning Association and Cardiff University Students’ Union in recent years. In his day job he is a doctor in South Wales and is training to be an emergency medicine consultant.
Deven graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in Mathematics and Economics, and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant at EY. He is currently working as Head of Operations for a consultancy firm overseeing finance, people & culture, and strategic projects. Deven is passionate about Sexpression:UK's vision and values, and is looking forward to working with the National Committee and Trustees to help the charity achieve its goals.
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.
Ifewumi is a trustee at Sexpression:UK and the Founder/Executive Director of The SHAKE Africa Project, a sexual health organisation based in Nigeria. She also currently sits on the Young Woman’s Advisory Council for FORWARD UK. Ifewumi has a keen interest in sexual and reproductive health and has had the opportunity to volunteer with Sexpression:UK whilst studying in Belfast. She currently works as a doctor and hopes to pursue a career in genitourinary medicine.
Joanna is a trustee with Sexpression:UK, going into her seventh year with the organisation. Joanna was previously Finance Director, Externals and Press Director, and National Director on the National Committee. Prior to this, Joanna was on the branch committees of Manchester, Oxford, and Warwick branches, volunteering in a range of roles from advocacy to child protection. Joanna is currently studying medicine at Warwick University, and has a keen interest in sexual and reproductive health, both through RSE delivery and conducting research. Her particular passions involve policy development and tackling inequalities.
Laina Cores Birch
Laina is a trustee with Sexpression:UK, going into her fifth year with the organisation. Laina is the previous National Director, as well as previously holding the position of Communications Director, and chairing the Manchester branch. She won the Brook X SH24 Young Person’s Sexual Health Award in 2020 for outstanding work to destigmatise Sexual Health Education and has been involved in a range of RSE advocacy since she was a teenager. Laina is currently undertaking her MFL teacher training at the University of Manchester, with a keen interest in inclusive RSE that centres the wants and needs of pupils and young people.
Maddy is currently a fundraiser at the Southbank Centre, the UK's largest arts centre, and has several years of fundraising experience through various roles from across the charity sector. Maddy is also a trustee of youth development charity UpRising. She believes that it is vitally important that young people are empowered through high quality RSE, and is excited be a part of Sexpression:UK.