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Lucy Angell-John

Lucy Angell-John

Youth Engagement Manager

Having completed a dance degree in 2006, Lucy started her career working for Oily Cart children’s theatre, whose interactive therapeutic approach influenced her future work. Lucy then worked in support of mothers and children who had experience domestic violence and with an organisation delivering services to young women who had experienced child sexual exploitation. Lucy’s professional life has been dedicated to ending gender based violence and using the creative arts to encourage critical thinking, resilience, self-care and self-expression.

Leah Bedward

Leah Bedward

Whole School Approach Manager

Leah is an approved energy and wellness coach, with a BA in Social Work from Goldsmiths University, she has also previously studied at the London College of Fashion and Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. She has a working background in private, public and voluntary sectors covering a range of topics from family support and youth offending to substance misuse and community mental health alongside creating and delivering group work with women and girls.

Leah works for Tender as the Whole School Approach Manager – a campaign which was recently funded by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) to be delivered with pupils, parents, carers and staff in Croydon Schools until 2020.

Sophie Connolly

Sophie Connolly

Education Coordinator

Sophie hails from Galway in the West of Ireland but moved to the bright lights of London to study Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she graduated in 2016.

She has worked as a drama facilitator both internationally and in the UK, she spent a year teaching in Uganda with the charity Project Trust, she worked as the Drama Activity Leader at Texas Lions Camp a camp for children with disabilities and more recently co-created and facilitated a month-long project in Romania promoting gender equality and healthy relationships with local young people.

In London, she has worked with the amazing Wac Arts College and come to Tender after a wonderful year as Access and Widening Participation Officer at LAMDA, creating pathways into drama school training for young people from diverse, disadvantaged and non-traditional backgrounds.

She must also mention the brilliant Blue Teapot Theatre Company in Galway, the award-winning theatre company for adults with intellectual disabilities that gave her an internship that started it all.

Doireann Larkin

Doireann Larkin

Development Manager

Doireann has been working with Tender since 2009 occupying a range of roles. Her background is in community arts, working on projects that focus on community engagement and social change. She trained as a helpline worker with the National Domestic Violence Helpline supporting women at all stages of their experiences with abuse. Doireann supported Tender’s work with Goldsmiths to create their MA in Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse and works as an Associate Lecturer on the course, convening the module on Adolescents as Victims and Perpetrators of Abuse.

Doireann works with Tender to manage trusts and foundations fundraising as well as developing and delivering training and research projects within the charity.

Kate Lexén

Kate Lexén

Programme Manager

Kate graduated from The University of Exeter with a BA in Drama, specialising in Applied Drama. She has worked extensively as a freelance drama facilitator for a number of organisations, including New Shed, Bigfoot Arts Education, Helen O’Grady Drama Academy and Service Children’s Education.

She has worked in settings including PRUs and Young Offenders’ Secure Units, and as a voluntary workshop assistant for organisations working with homeless or vulnerably housed people, including Crisis at Christmas, Crisis Skylight and Cardboard Citizens. Before joining Tender, Kate worked as Education Manager for Icarus Theatre Collective for two years and Education & Outreach Manager for BeFrank Theatre Company for three years.

Susie McDonald

Susie McDonald

Chief Executive

Susie has used theatre for social change for over 25 years; initially working with prisoners to develop confidence and communication skills and then becoming an associate member of the National Theatre’s Education Department, specialising in interactive theatre for vulnerable and at-risk young people.

Susie set up Tender’s Healthy Relationship Programme in 2004 and in 2010 became Chief Executive.  Susie has three daughters who she is always encouraging to take on the world and view any challenge as an opportunity, rather than a problem.

Cordelia Morrison

Cordelia Morrison

Relationships Officer

Cordi began her career straight out of school as an Education Assistant for Shakespeare’s Globe, and returned in various capacities to work in Education and Deaf and Disabled Access. She studied English & Theatre at the University of Leeds, including additional modules in Child Welfare and Psychology, and with a focus on applied theatre.

Following two years in Tender’s education team, Cordi now supports the charity’s development by building relationships with like-minded charities, arts organisations and potential funders, and coordinates Tender’s volunteers programme. Her facilitation experience has focused on working with primary/transitional-age children and those with special educational needs, a skill-set she continues to develop through volunteering on a weekly basis with local inclusive theatre company, Angel Shed.

Bradley O’Donoghue

Bradley O’Donoghue

Youth Engagement Coordinator

Originally from Leicester, Bradley moved down to London where he graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a BA in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education in 2017. He has delivered and coordinated projects for various educational-arts organisations, including Curve Theatre, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, National Citizen Service, and Sparks – Film and Media Arts.

Brad has been involved in Tender’s Youth Ambassador Programme since 2014, actively campaigning as a Youth Board member and facilitating healthy relationship projects in Youth Clubs as a Youth Facilitator. Since becoming the Youth Engagement Coordinator in 2017, Brad is thrilled to support other young people in developing their own campaigns surrounding gender equality, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Dorota Small

Finance and Database Manager

Dorota has worked as a bookkeeper since 2003. She specialises in charities’ accounts and is one of Tender’s longest serving team members, beginning on just half a day a week in 2005, first as a freelance bookkeeper and then full time employee since 2010. She originally comes from Poland, and she has lived, studied and worked in the UK since 1997.

Ruth Scott

Ruth Scott

National Partnerships & Office Coordinator

Growing up, Ruth was a member of the Lantern Dance Theatre Company – an integrated dance company based near Cambridge with the key core values based on inclusion and equal opportunities. Whilst she was studying with Fourth Monkey Theatre Company, Ruth became involved with Angel Shed Theatre Company where she could continue developing her inclusive practice and has more recently evolved into their Artistic and Membership Administrator.

Ruth’s first experience of Tender was through a Peer Mentoring Course which inspired her to become a member of the Youth Board and a Youth Facilitator. Ruth is looking forward to being able to dedicate more of her time to the charity as the Office Administrator – combining her loves of theatre and activism along with her third (slightly less cool) love of filing.

David Stothard

David Stothard

National Partnership Manager

David trained as an actor at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and has more recently completed an MA in Theatre for Young Audiences at Rose Bruford College. He is a highly experienced facilitator/director, working creatively with young people of all ages and backgrounds for organisations that include: Mousetrap Theatre Projects, The Primary Shakespeare Company and The ArtsLink. He is a former Course Director of Bruford Youth Theatre (Rose Bruford College), and has also worked as a Drama Practitioner, Trainer and Curriculum Adviser for NCS The Challenge and as Education Associate for the award-winning International theatre ensemble NiE.

As a Creative Director of Olive Branch Arts, he has recently been working in partnership with the National FGM Centre, Barnardo’s, as well as developing a range of participatory arts projects on the Sahrawi refugee camps in SW Algeria.

David joined Tender as a workshop leader in 2013. He now works within the Education Team coordinating London-based projects and manages Tender’s national reach through the National Partnership Network.

Emily Whyte

Emily Whyte

Education Manager

Emily is a Lancashire lass, she studied Drama and Screen Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. Post university she spent some time working in film and TV along with starting her education based work as a TA in SEN schools before moving to the bright lights of London in 2010.

In London she started work with IntoUniversity, for three brilliant years, supporting children and young people to achieve their ambitions through primary and secondary school interventions, as well as academic support and mentoring at learning centres across London.

Emily has come to Tender after five years working for the national youth homelessness charity Centrepoint, where she managed a number of programmes that helped build the confidence and motivations of young people and adults experiencing homelessness across the UK.

She is excited to start at Tender and get back to her drama roots, having volunteered as a drama facilitator throughout her career at Wac Arts, Cardboard Citizens and The Girls Network to name but a few.

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