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.
Co-ordinator and Facilitator
Natt joined TIGER shortly after moving to Bristol in 2014, having never facilitated a workshop, but it was ok because all she needed was her fierce passion for gender identity issues and the mental well being of adolescents. She believes there are strong links between oppressive expectations imposed upon all genders, and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, and because of this she wanted to have discussions with young people that she wished she'd had at their age.
Natt graduated Dartington College of Arts with a degree in Writing in 2012, and has been working as a self-employed artist since. Having been raised in a mostly female household with parents who defied traditional gender roles, she has always found it jarring and uncomfortable whenever such roles were imposed upon her in the world, and as the daughter of an abuse survivor she sees it as her duty to fight for the vulnerable!
Ailsa joined TIGER in October 2013, though she has taken breaks here and there for mental health reasons.
She joined because she wanted to channel her energy for intersectional feminism and frustration around sexism into making a positive change and has found that TIGER has been a brilliant way to do that. The co-operative structure of TIGER, alongside the great people who make up the team are a hugely positive aspect of her life in Bristol.
Alongside TIGER, Ailsa is a freelance photographer and writer, and baristas to pay the rest of her bills whilst also studying part-time and managing her mood disorder. Her work with TIGER and her art is very much informed by her experience of and passion for talking about gender, sexuality, race and mental health issues. She speaks openly about her experiences with all of these things and how they all intersect and loves passing on her enthusiasm to others.
When she isn’t talking excitedly about social justice issues, Ailsa loves drinking coffee, reading, style, dancing, cuddles and listening to hours and hours of music.
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.
Tilma came to Bristol in 2016 with a strong desire to get involved in community projects and to educate people about gender & sexuality – so joining TIGER seemed like an obvious choice!
As a non-binary polyamorous pansexual, they understand that education is key – they didn't have the knowledge or language for these aspects of their personality growing up, which led to lots of confusion, frustration and a struggle to fit in. Thanks to the internet, Tilma managed to learn a lot about themselves, but wishes it could've happened a lot sooner.
Now they hope they can help young people question the boundaries that society has built, and empower people to smash them down! They love making music, going dancing, experimenting in the kitchen, exploring and talking to plants & animals. Despite their struggle with mental illness, they try hard to be a good activist and a positive influence in the world. They are also a bit too passionate about cartoons.
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.