THE OUTSPOKEN TEAM
Drawing on our diverse professional and cultural experiences (we’re from America and Denmark) and our understanding as parents (our children are teenagers and young adults), we’ve set out to give parents the guidance and resources to communicate openly and positively with their children
Introducing Outspoken Sex Ed’s driving forces...
Leah, who grew up in 1960s San Francisco and went to Barnard College/Columbia University in New York, is a writer and editor. After 19 years at the Guardian as deputy chief sub-editor of the Observer Magazine, she took voluntary redundancy to go down the route of relationships and sex education (RSE).
A trained focus-group facilitator, she was Working Group Lead on RSE for the Women’s Equality Party from 2017-19 and sits on the Wellbeing Board of the UCL Academy as a Parent Ambassador with an emphasis on PSHE (personal social health economic education) and on the International Advisory Board of Media Matters for Women. She is currently co-editing a book on digital natives and mental health.
Leah brings her writing skills and research expertise to bear on her passion for both empowering girls/women and addressing issues around masculinity. She is driven by an interest in hearing people question things and open up, and particularly focuses on the impact of porn on kids and the interrelationship of pleasure and consent.
Married to the Englishman she met while she was working in film journalism in Paris, Leah has a teenage daughter and son.
Leah swims through the winter at the Ladies’ Pond on London’s Hampstead Heath
Originally from Denmark, Yoan is a relationships and sex education (RSE) facilitator, educator and consultant who has worked with children, parents and schools in the UK and internationally for over 10 years. As a qualified health professional and the founder of Teaching Lifeskills, she has a wide range of experience in educating and promoting sexual, reproductive and health rights.
An elected member of the Sex Education Forum Advisory Group, Yoan is affiliated with international practice in comprehensive sex education (CSE) and strives to improve and develop RSE through sharing of best practice from different contexts.
Yoan has a masters in International Child Studies at King’s College London, where she received a distinction for her 2017 dissertation on parental engagement.
The mother of three young-adult sons, Yoan brings to her professional overview an ease around approaching sex-ed subjects with families, professionals and wider audiences. She is passionate about shifting the barriers to effective and comprehensive RSE for all and about helping parents become their children’s most important RSE educators.
Yoan loves the colour yellow – it reflects her fundamental optimism
Digital marketing officer
Sophie is in her final year studying Psychology With Innovation at the University of Bristol. After volunteering with Outspoken on a social innovation project at uni, she was keen to implement the social media suggestions made, applying the knowledge she has learned in her degree to the “real world”.
Sophie is excited to work with Outspoken as she believes in the long-term value of a comprehensive sex education and the benefits that having open conversations between parent and child can have on future relationships and society. This may have all come from her obsession with the Netflix show Sex Education 😉
Digital marketing officer
Jade is in her final year at the University of Bristol studying Economics and Maths. She has experience of working with children aged 4-16 as a tutor and as a volunteer providing reading support for Schools Plus. When teaching, she believes parental support is very important to the success and development of a child’s understanding. This is particularly relevant when considering sex education and relationships.
After taking part in Bristol Hub’s Social Innovation Project, researching and creating a digital marketing plan for Outspoken, she was inspired by their work and the benefits it provides to parents and their families. She enjoys working with Outspoken and contributing to the development, growth and access of knowledge provided by the organisation