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
Abi is in her final year studying History at the University of Bristol. After working with Outspoken through Bristol Hub’s Social Innovation Project, she realised how essential accessible resources are in providing a comprehensive sex education and supporting the healthy development of relationships.
Having initially worked on a digital marketing strategy, Abi is excited to now be able to put those recommendations into action first-hand and contribute to an organisation promoting such important messages