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Matt Garvey, Chief Executive Officer (he/him)

Prior to joining DRM, Matt was managing director of a charitable training provider in Berkshire delivering to trainees, apprentices, and full-time students. Equality, diversity, and inclusion training formed a crucial part in the development of these young people, equipping them with the skills to challenge gender stereotypes, build positive cultures, and demonstrate attitudes of kindness in the classroom and workplace. Originally from the Midlands, Matt is based in Hampshire where he enjoys hiking, kayaking, and the gym.

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Sophie Mangara, Chief Operating Officer (she/her)

Sophie Mangara joined DRM in January 2022. Prior to joining she worked within the social/health sector for 10 years supporting new and existing charities as well as non-for-profits across the UK before going on to work in the games industry where she enjoyed creating an EDI project for more diversity within the industry.

Originally from a quiet village in Telford, she enjoys traveling, exploring new places to eat and explore as a foodie.

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Emma Miller-McCaffrey, Community and Relationships Manager (she/her)

Emma started her career as a Secondary Drama Teacher for 9 years and has since volunteered and worked for various LGBT charities. She is passionate about authenticity and all of us recognising our strength in being individual. Over 5 years ago Emma began volunteering with Diversity Role Models as a role model in Liverpool. Now based in the London office, Emma supports volunteers and community engagement activities across England. Emma lives in Liverpool with her wife, and former DRM trustee, Ann, and their daughter.

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Jac Bastian, Head of Education (he/him)

Jac has held a range of positions in charities engaging young people in political and social issues and is committed to empowering students, staff and the whole school community to create truly inclusive schools. Originally from Swansea he now lives in South London and is passionate about grassroots activism and campaigning.

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Kate Hutchinson, Regional Officer (she/her)

Kate has been involved with many organisations and charities campaigning for LGBT+ rights since 2012. A large part of her work focus has been on school inclusion for transgender youth and has advised teaching unions, schools and local authorities on the subject. She lives in North Wales with her cat Geralt and plays Bass in a rock band.

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Lindsey Parr, Project Manager (she/her)

Lindsey has worked in education since 2005 as a secondary RE, Drama, Music and PSHE teacher. Previously a Pastoral Lead, she strives to empower students to be their true selves and celebrate their differences, as well as differences in others. She has a passion for promoting inclusion and diversity in the curriculum and supporting schools in creating an ethos and community where all feel valued. Originally from St.Helens but living in Leeds, Lindsey enjoys football, all things Lego, music and travelling with her two dogs Peppa and Buddy.

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Luis La Fauci, Operations Officer (he/him)

Hailing from Southern Italy, Luis began his career as a doctoral researcher focussing on LGBTQ+ and disenfranchised populations. He then worked at LEGO and, through his involvement in Diversity and Inclusion there, came in contact with DRM and joined the team with his passion for human development and social justice. He has lived in ten cities and five countries (his favourite is Madrid where he moved to learn the language); he is studying a Masters in Psychology; he lives in London with his partner; and he is passionate about reading, arts and dancing.

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Marcus Gregar-Rive, Fundraising and Communications Manager (he/him)

Marcus is originally from New Zealand but calls the UK home now and lives in east London. In 2009, he took a career break and volunteered in Kenya which then led to working with a local team to establish a charity for 200+ children living in a slum to addressed education, health and nutrition inequalities. Over the past 10+ years, he has worked in international development leading and collaborating in teams to raise funds to support the most marginalised children across Africa and Asia. Through this he has supported building safe school environments, so that all children can learn, thrive and be themselves. He enjoys exploring nature, going to art galleries and gigs, and growing indoor plants.

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Miranie Jogakumar, Marketing and Communications Officer (she/her)

Miranie is a recent Anthropology graduate from UCL and has worked alongside a range of organisations within the youth and women’s rights sectors. She seeks to find a middle ground between her academic background and personal passions, pursuing unconventional ways to interweave social advocacy within creative pursuits. Since moving to London from Singapore in 2017, she is now in the midst of building a foodie’s social enterprise with her sister.

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Mitchell Porter, Head of Digital (they/them)

Mitchell has extensive and varied experience in many educational and LGBT+ equality settings as a freelancer and volunteer. A keen traveller, their experience includes working at a school in South East Asia. They returned to UK to complete their Masters in Gender, Sexuality and Culture whilst working as a youth worker with LGBT+ young people. As an avid player of board games, they enjoy bringing elements of play and fun to learning and teaching.

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Nimerta Virdee, Regional Officer (she/her)

Nimerta has worked in education since 2008 as a Science teacher in Secondary Schools and Colleges. She has a keen interest in pastoral care and building a school curriculum that promotes inclusion and develops the whole child. Originally a Londoner, Nimerta now lives in Newcastle Upon Tyne with her partner and two cats, Greta and Clarke. She is an education activist and campaigns for staff wellbeing in schools through the National Education Union; running a monthly Mental Health Coffee morning for educators throughout the North East.

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Robert Sykes, Education Officer (Projects) (he/him)

Robert has previously taught History and PSHE in a secondary school, spurred by a passion for inclusion and bringing underrepresented voices into the classroom. Since graduating from New College of the Humanities, he has been finding ways to combine his academic background and advocacy for LGBT+ rights. He lives in Kent and enjoys cooking and baking when he’s not working on DRM's DfE funded project 'Embracing Difference, Ending Bullying'.

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Roz Bruno, Education Officer (Projects) (she/her)

Roz has worked previously as a primary school teacher in both the UK and Vietnam. She has always strived to make her classrooms more inclusive spaces, through allowing students to work autonomously and recognise their individual strengths. With a background in English Literature, she is passionate about developing empathy through storytelling and is incredibly excited to be a part of DRM's new DfE funded project 'Embracing Difference, Ending Bullying'. Having spent the last four years in Vietnam's bustling capital, Hanoi, she is currently based in the suburbs of Manchester and loves to get out stomping in the Peak District.