Meet Tender’s team...

Daisy Douglas

National Partnership Manager

Daisy trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School on the three-year BA acting course. Prior to joining Tender, she spent 10 years as an actor and facilitator. Daisy has worked extensively with young people’s organisations as a facilitator/director. These include; National Youth Theatre, Mousetrap, Tender, Natural Theatre Company, RSC, City Acting, Steam Industry, Shakespeare Schools Festival, The ArtsLink, Scene & Heard and The Actors Centre.

Daisy is a trained helpline worker with the NDV Helpline which is run in partnership with Refuge and Women’s Aid, she is also a proud trustee for Scene and Heard; a unique mentoring project that partners the inner-city children of Somers Town, London with volunteer theatre professionals

Daisy had worked in number of different freelance roles with Tender before joining in a full time position in 2013. She now works within the education team on our London based projects and also manages Tender’s National Reach through our National Partnership Network.

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

Education 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.

Jude Long

Programme Manager

Jude has worked in the not for profit sector for 14 years, 10 of these spent working directly with young people and community groups.  She has worked in the field of violence against women and girls (VAWG) since 2010. Jude has experience in developing whole school approaches to VAWG within secondary school education, including training delivery, workshop facilitation, youth consultation, service evaluation, VAWG resource development, public awareness campaigning and social marketing. Prior to working at Tender Jude worked in the field of Community Development where she established expertise in community engagement, community consultation, event management, project management, facilitating partnerships and establishing and fostering community groups.

Jude is skilled in training and events management and developing innovative learning opportunities for the sector through the creation of online learning and creative media. Jude holds a BA (Hons) in Cultural Studies and is a qualified youth worker.

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.

Mary Mobbs-Beal

Youth Engagement Manager

Mary is originally from Manchester. She moved to London to study Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Mary has worked as a drama practitioner at several arts organisations including Haringey Shed and DreamArts. Alongside her practitioner commitments Mary worked as a learning support assistant specialising in PRUs and SEN schools.

In 2011 Mary joined the Tricycle Theatre as Creative Learning Manager and worked on projects with young refugees, the Irish Traveller community and young people in high gang crime areas. In 2013 she went on to work at Shakespeare’s Globe where she managed training for acting students, most of whom were from the USA.

Mary is committed to providing creative platforms for unheard voices to be celebrated through the Youth Ambassador Programme at Tender. She has a son called Lenny who is currently expressing himself by making music using pans and spoons from the kitchen. He shows great potential as a campaigner and drummer.

Cordelia Morrison

Education Coordinator

Cordi began her career straight out of school at Shakespeare’s Globe, working full time for a year as an Education Assistant. Following this, she studied English & Theatre at the University of Leeds, including additional modules in Child Welfare and Psychology.

Cordi returned to the Globe in various capacities across Education, Deaf & Disabled Access, and Communications, accompanying this work with theatre facilitation for UpFront Theatre, Recre8 and Youth Theatres Leeds. Her facilitation experience has focused on working with children with SEND in inclusive and/or issue-based capacities, and she currently volunteers on a weekly basis for inclusive children’s theatre company Angel Shed. Cordi’s passion for applied theatre has led her to Tender’s Education team, where she is thrilled to no longer receive comments about how appropriate her name is for a Shakespearian setting.

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.

Michelle Thompson

Project Manager

Michelle graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2011, where she studied Drama, Applied Theatre and Education. Since leaving university Michelle has worked as a drama practitioner for a number of arts organisations both in London and at home in Norfolk. These include Stratford Circus, Rose Bruford college, The ArtsLink, Shakespeare Schools Festival, Sheringham Little Theatre and the Norfolk and Norwich Arts Festival. She has also worked as a choreographer and director for many intergenerational and community productions with participants aged 8-80 years old. Michelle began working for Tender in 2012 as a facilitator and has delivered workshops in primary and secondary schools, PRUs, SEN schools and out-of-school settings. Michelle is thrilled to continue to work as part of the Tender team to develop a whole school approach to promoting healthy relationships and gender equality.