Meet The Team

Get to know the fantastic team working at SAYiT from interviews with our young people.

Steve Slack

Chief Executive Officer

What work were you doing before you joined SAYiT?

I originally trained as a mental health social worker and later I was an HIV social worker during the AIDS crisis. This led me into working in Sexual Health and HIV prevention in the NHS. I remain passionate about improving young peoples’ sexual health and knowledge about sex and relationships as well as supporting good mental health. We need to continue to breakdown stigma attached to both sexual health and mental health.

What do you enjoy most about working at SAYiT?

I work with the most amazing team of people who are committed to LGBT+ rights and inclusivity; and I get to meet the most incredible and inspiring young people who are courageously challenging a society which can still be prejudiced to LGBT+ people. I feel very proud and privileged to be part of an inclusive organisation which challenges LGBT+ phobia and is particularly committed to confronting some of the current transphobic narrative.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I was born in a pub in the beer brewing town of Burton-on-Trent…which must be why I continue to like pubs…and I once met Elton John’s husband but I didn’t know who he was!

If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?

I love living in Sheffield and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. The city has the friendliest people, the best theatres, the best pubs (there’s a theme there!) and has the Derbyshire countryside on its doorstep. I do love the Greek island of Lesbos (yes where the name lesbian came from!) and I would like to spend more time there…but I always love coming home to Sheffield.

Liz Wilson

Charity Manager

What work were you doing before you joined SAYiT?

Prior to working for SAYiT I worked for 20 years in the NHS – for most of that time as the Training Manager for the Centre for HIV and Sexual Health.

What do you enjoy most about working at SAYiT?

What I most enjoy about working at SAYiT is the opportunity to change the world! By doing training with professionals and by working in schools and youth groups, we can change hearts and minds, which can change cultures and contribute to equality and justice, which changes the world.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

In 1985 it was International Youth Year – I was working at the British Youth Council and worked with pop/rock icons Jimmy Somerville and Paul Weller.

Christie Rossiter

Charity Manager

Why do you work at SAYiT?

SAYiT has been close to my heart for many years, since discovering how the youth provision here postively impacted upon the lives of my close friends. I believed that in working here and supporting our team to provide such invaluable services, I can do my part in helping societies build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world for our young people.

What were you doing before you joined SAYiT?

Prior to working here I spent 7 years in the mental health field, namely as as a Social Care Services Manager and latterly as a Training and Education Manager in eating disorders. Before then you could find me serving drinks over the bar or creating extravagent balloon displays at a party shop!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I look forward to living in many countries – but hopefully all will share an interesting history and culture, with much to explore.

Over the next few years I could see myself living in either North or South America.

What skill would you have if you could have any skill?

That’s hard to narrow down, but I am going to go with the ability to speak all languages as it would certainly help with living abroad.

Oliver Harrap

Office Manager

Why do you work at SAYiT?

I believe that everyone should be treated equally and want all young people to have the same opportunities in life. I cannot stand any kind of phobia towards different types of people and want to work towards making the world a more inclusive, understanding and loving planet.

What work were you doing before you joined SAYiT?

I worked driving an ice cream van selling ice cream.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?

I can’t eat ice cream because I am lactose intolerant.

Who is your favourite drag queen?

I love the films of Divine. A true pioneer of the art form who doesn’t take any nonsense from anyone.

Heather Paterson

Domestic Abuse Worker

Why do you work at SAYiT?

I am passionate about LGBT+ issues and have always wanted to work full-time for an LGBT+ organisation.

What work were you doing before you joined SAYiT?

My last day job was working on the VIBE project at Together Women which is a voice and influence project for young women and girls aged 12-19.

Which is your favourite LBGT+ flag?

The Nomasexual (attraction to any gender other than male) flag. I actually have a tattoo of this flag.

Who is your favourite drag queen?

Other than my own drag alter-ego Anna Kissed, it would have to be Adore Delano – I’m Team Adore all the way, I love her grunge / rock chick aesthetic.

Elly Sinclair

Domestic Abuse Worker

What work were you doing before you joined SAYiT?

Working for two LGBT+ Youth services in Leeds and Bristol – I know what I like doing!

What do you enjoy most about working at SAYiT?

“I love the rule Steve says we have to abide by in the office – no putting yourself down! That’s a good thing to remember in life! We do it way tooo much”

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

A goat so I could stand in trees and climb vertical cliffs whilst looking totally nonchalant

Who is your favourite drag queen?

It’s got to be SAYiT’s Drag Queen – Anna Kissed!

Caroline Rawle

Volunteers Coordinator

What do you enjoy most about working at SAYiT?

The great atsmosphere in the team.

What work were you doing before you joined SAYiT?

I worked in Museums for 20 years, mostly as curator/manager of a working watermill and roman bath house.

Which is your favourite LBGT+ flag?

For me, it’s the classic rainbow.

What skill would you have if you could have any skill?

I’d love to be a champion surfer.

Iona Dixon

Admin Assistant

What work were you doing before you joined SAYiT?

I was working on my MA in Contemporary Literature at The University of Sheffield before starting at SAYiT. Alongside this, I worked part time in pubs, and spent some time working for a law firm. Before moving to Sheffield I had planned on being a teacher, and worked as an Intervention Teaching Assistant in Central Manchester.  So a mixed bag really!

When/why did you realise that you wanted to work with LGBT+ young people?

I loved working in schools, and I knew that I wanted to work with young people in some capacity. However, I felt frustrated by the rigidity of the systems and hierarchies in education. Lack of funding in education massively impacts upon the support available for the most vulnerable and marginalised young people.

I was really interested in working in the voluntary sector, and as a member of the LGBT+ community was really passionate about LGBT+ focused and inclusive work.  Working for SAYiT, a charity that has LGBT+ young people at the heart of everything that they do, was the perfect fit.

What skill would you have if you could have any skill?

Dull answer would be knowing how to drive – but hopefully I can sort that one out soon.

I’d love to know several languages so I can speak to more people, learn more, and order more food on trips!

What is your favourite form of entertainment?

Karaoke, without a doubt. It’s so versatile! It’s fun for a night out or at a party, and karaoke on the sofa with your friends can really cheer up a bad day.

I’ve always loved it despite being terrible at it. I got a karaoke kit for my 18th Birthday, and I can’t imagine getting married without some karaoke at the reception…

Sophie Williams

Youth Worker – Involvment Lead

Why do you work at SAYiT?

I work at SAYiT because its aims as an organisation align with mine personally and I find the young people I work with fabulous, inspiring and a load of fun.

What do you enjoy most about working at SAYiT?

Definitely the wide range of stuff we get up too. From games, to crafts, residentials, events, swimming, laser quest, art, trips, the list goes on. We always have so much fun!

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

A lemur, I like how they walk.

Who is your favourite drag queen?

Oooo this is so hard! I love drag queens! I mean Ru Paul is an obvious choice. Katya? Adore? I don’t think I can pick a favourite.

Anne Shutt

Youth Worker - Under 18 lead

Why do you work at SAYiT?

The main reason is that I really enjoy it. However I believe that work it does to support LGBT+ young people and to address the inequalities experienced by Young LGBT+ young people is very important. If I can help and support in that work I really want to.

Tell us fun fact about yourself.

I used to work at The Leadmill, where I met and sometimes socialised with some quite famous people….it was great fun when Boy George washed up with me.

What skill would you have if you could have any?

I would be able to sing. I would love to be able to belt out a tune at the drop of a hat.

Harriet Wan-Hallam

Youth Worker – Over 18’s Lead

What were you doing before you worked at SAYiT?

Before I started working at SAYiT I was a student at Sheffield Hallam University studying psychology and sociology, I also worked part time at Tesco on the customer service desk and I was a volunteer at CHILYPEP.

What do you enjoy most about working at SAYiT?

What I enjoy most about working at SAYiT is the work we do with young people, being able to see them grow and develop over time.

What is your favourite form of entertainment?

I really like going to see musicals. My favourite musicals are wicked, hairspray and Aladdin.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?

My favourite flavour ice cream is definitely mint choc chip.

Hannah Greenslade

Youth Worker – Outreach/Disability

What work were you doing before you joined SAYiT?

I worked for a big chidren and young peoples charity in an LGBT+ team in Leeds. My job was to train up the people that worked there so they knew how to offer good support to LGBT+ children and young people

What do you enjoy most about working at SAYiT?

Obviously its the hilarious, strong, wise and bad-ass young people that I get to spend time with every day. My colleagues are pretty amazing too and very tolerant of my somewhat chaotic ways!

What skill would you have if you could have any skill?

I’d love to be able to make something beautiful with my hands like pots or furniture, I think I’m lacking the patience and commitment to learn though. Also I would love to be able to speak French.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I used to live on a boat – it was fantastic in summer and hard work in winter!

Kath Broomhead

Parent and Carer Group

Why do you work at SAYiT?

I work at SAYit because I have always enjoyed being part of an organisation that is local but has a global agenda that I care about and feel proud to represent in a small way. The staff are lovely too!

What do you enjoy most about working at SAYiT?

I really enjoy bringing people together to facilitate discussion and information sharing . I love seeing the change in parents and carers when they find a safe and confidential place that can support them and their young people.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

If I could be an animal I would be my dog, – as he lives a charmed life ! Beds upstairs and downstairs plus regular visits to France with beaches to run on .

Rum Samuel

Youth Worker Assistant

What work were you doing before you joined SAYiT?

I only moved to Sheffield in March 2019. Before that I was doing a 5 month programme, in Jerusalem, called “Achvat Amim” (Solidarity of Nations). It involved learning about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the realities for people on the ground, living communally with other young Jewish people, Jewish study, Hebrew and Arabic study and social justice based volunteering. Before that I worked as a kind of camp leader/outdoor fun human. I basically lived in a tent and worked in the woods and taught kids and teens how to make fires and dens. It was extremely fun and very very tiring!

What do you enjoy most about working at SAYiT?

I really enjoy having one-on-one chats with young people and just getting to know them, plus I adore playing silly games…oh and doing crafts! I also have to say I love the office and all the staff: everyone is so friendly and warm and we have some right laughs.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I am very very into mushrooms (the fruiting bodies of fungi). This means I often have my mushroom identification guide book in my bag. I like to think I know a fair bit now about the easy-to-spot edible mushrooms that grow around these parts.

What is your favourite form of entertainment?

I love to write songs and mini-musicals with my friends: pretty much any creative projects are my bag! Oh, and of course I love foraging for mushrooms and general edible wild plants.

Dylan Hadley

Youth Worker Assistant

What were you doing before working at SAYiT?

Before working at SAYiT I had worked in a wide variety of seasonal job roles including selling buckets and spades, being a cleaner, a fairground ride controller and as a lifeguard however, none of them have been half as rewarding or enjoyable as working at SAYiT.

When/ Why did you realise you wanted to work with LGBT+ young people?

I was lucky enough to be sent to SAYiT through a university work placement and after meeting the amazing young people that get involved with our groups I knew I wanted to stay involved way past the eight-weeks I was assigned here. Fortunately for me I was able to continue to work with such a fun and welcoming community as a youth support worker.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?

Probably the moon, someone’s got to be the first person to live there and I think I’d like to give it a go. I love cheese as well so there’d be plenty to eat up there..

What is your favourite flavour of ice cream?

Being from Skegness I’ve had my fair share of ice cream on the seaside but the best flavour has to be a vanilla whippy with a 99 flake. A classic.

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