Coordinator and Facilitator
Natalie is one of the original founding members of TIGER way back in October 2012. She wanted to start TIGER because she was frustrated over the lack of space for young people to discuss sexism and gender stereotypes despite seeing the significant impact it was having on young people’s wellbeing, their relationships and on their aspirations and capabilities. Natalie believes that TIGER highlights the true potential of young people by empowering and uniting them to become their authentic and ever- changing self, without fear of judgment, so that they can just finally focus on the stuff that matters.
Natalie’s passion for gender equality and identity politics really took hold of her at university where she completed an undergraduate in drama and completed an MA in media and cultural theory exploring the formation of gender norms and the representation of identity in the media. However, it was really the beginnings of a PhD in Sociology (that she quit when forming TIGER) carrying out workshops with young women on femininity online where she saw the potential that something like TIGER could offer. Her experiences include working as a tutor at Lancaster University working with media and culture undergraduate students, a researcher and workshop facilitator with the charity EACH (Educational Action Challenging Homophobia), a project coordinator for the charity Envision and a team leader working with ICS (a government funded initiative) supporting young people in Malawi on a social action project empowering women living with HIV and Aids.
Natalie is also passionate about coffee, Frida Khalo, The Spice Girls (who isn’t?!?) and her little boy Ruben.
Finances and Facilitator
Rosie joined TIGER in 2014 after moving back to Bristol from Leeds, where she was studying for her MA in Activism and Social Change. Having been immersed in the world of academia for a year and a half, Rosie wanted to find a practical project where she could turn her politics into action. As a passionate feminist and firm believer in the power that working with young people can have on social change, TIGER was the perfect home for this post-academia energy.
Rosie’s favourite part of being in TIGER is when she turns up to a workshop and the young people run it themselves! Sometimes simply creating space for conversations to happen can be the most important part of the role. With the issues that TIGER covers - such as gender in the media, ‘lad culture’ and pornography and consent - being more relevant than ever to the lives of young people today, Rosie feels privileged to be able to join in with and help inspire these important conversations.
As well as TIGER Rosie is a keen gardener at home and at her allotment, and also volunteers for an organisation called Growing Support which works to bring the pleasures and therapeutic benefits of gardening to people with dementia. Rosie also works part-time as a Community Development Worker and Volunteer Co-ordinator in South Gloucestershire, working on projects related to mental health and wellbeing, physical health and volunteer brokerage.
Facilitator and Marketing
Hannah has been battling gender stereotypes since she had the ability to refuse to wear pink frilly dresses as a toddler! But she first began to understand the full scope of gender inequality when she started reading and studying feminist literature as a late teen. Hugely passionate about doing something more effective than just discussing the issues, Hannah was delighted to discover TIGER about two years ago. Since then she has been involved mainly with workshop planning and facilitating, and more recently has started to get involved with marketing.
Hannah also spent a year before university volunteering for a charity that supports and empowers vulnerable women in Bangkok. Aside from a passion for gender equality, Hannah also loves playing trumpet in a local Bristol band, working in the environmental sector and running long distances!
Coordinator and Facilitator
Phil joined TIGER in summer 2015, having previously gained experience facilitating masculinity workshops in London schools with groups of male students. Phil believes one of the best ways that we can take action on sexism and gender inequality is by going to young people and helping them to frame their own ideas about gender.
Phil likes TIGER because they give students the space to answer their own questions and direct the conversation in the way that is relevant to them. The issues that TIGER discuss have a profound impact on how we develop into adults; by questioning where these concepts come from and their impact on us, we can begin to take control of the people we really want to be. Phil feels young people should be given more credit than they are generally afforded in society - when they are given the space to think critically about an issue like porn or gender in the media, they often able to do so better than many adults would!
Outside of TIGER, Phil spends his time riding his bike, baking bread, playing board games and reading graphic novels. Phil works as a support worker at an housing association, helping people with learning disabilities and mental health problems to lead more independent lives.
Administrator and Facilitator
Alex has been a part of TIGER since its inception 2012.
Becoming frustrated with simply talking about the issue of sexism and complaining on social media, he embraced the opportunity to get involved in TIGER's formation when Natalie suggested the idea. Working specifically with young people appealed for the fact that raising these topics as early as possible felt like the most effective way of generating positive change and making a lasting impact. He is especially interested in how under-represented certain genders are in the media, and how poorly portrayed they are when they do appear, as well as the topic of masculinity and how its stereotypes impact on boys and young men.
Alex studied history and politics at Lancaster University, before making a failed attempt at making it big in a rock band. Tentative steps towards further study in archiving and records management came to nothing, before a feminist awakening and a passion for gender equality took hold and TIGER came knocking. The co-operative structure aligned with his existing political beliefs and is fully embraced. Having no formal background in education, nor previous experience of setting up a company, has led to a steep learning curve, but a satisfying one nonetheless.