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 Planner
Benedict is one of TIGER’s more recent additions, having become involved in 2016.
They love: People, kindness, diversity, respect, immoderate displays of affection, radical honesty, (& hence) informed consent, boundaries, dancing,
egalitarianism, singing, embodying the feminine, sex-positivity, my floating home, bass, meditation, broccoli, MSG
They hate: Patriarchy, racism, homophobia, chivalry, snobbery, sundry other
bigotries, psychological ownership of others, flakeiness
Benedict’s interest in working with young people stems from their childhood
experiences with the Woodcraft Folk, and their radical approach to youth
empowerment. Since this time they have worked in schools as a lab technician, and even trained as a chemistry teacher, after which they realised that full-time teaching is really, really hard.
Today, aside from teaching young people about gender, Benedict runs a
plumbing business, and volunteers with the Kebele Community Cooperative, the Bristol 365 Shelter, and LIFEbeat.
Facilitator and Planner
Jodi joined TIGER in August 2016. Having been raised in a family of mainly women and having faced many challenges growing up, a deep sense of injustice was ingrained from a young age. Jodi knew that whatever she ended up doing as an adult, it would involve some sort of engagement in social justice. After having a child at 20, Jodi began her journey in to education.
After gaining a degree in Theology and Religious studies, she went on to complete a PGSE in Religious Studies with the view that raising awareness around discrimination and prejudice must begin with young people. Although still a passionate advocate for the elimination of all discrimination, being a secondary school teacher really shone a light on the huge impact that sexual discrimination and sexual harassment has on all young people.
Whilst on maternity leave with her first son, Jodi became involved with a project called One Billion Rising. This was a global awareness campaign that called on people around the world to rise up against gender violence. Along with 7 other women in Bristol and contributions from bands, dancers, poets and filmmakers, they organised a flash mob in Bristol, a fundraising music event as well as a community day. All of which raised awareness around gender violence and promoted the work that local charities do.
This work really sparked a fire and Jodi felt that she wanted to continue in this line of awareness work. After deciding to leave education in order to regroup and concentrate on raising her three children, Jodi came across the work that TIGER do and decided it was the perfect project to become involved in.
It has been an enlightening journey so far, and Jodi has been surprised and humbled by how much she did not know about the many issues that are involved. She is very much looking forward to continuing this journey of learning and developing through the work that TIGER do.
As well as working with TIGER and being a parent of three, Jodi also sings in a band, loves to dance, read, cook and engage in community activism.
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.