Meet our advisory council
We are incredibly proud of our advisory council members, who are experts in education, teaching, special needs support, the charity sector and LGBT inclusivity. Discover more about them below.
We meet with our council twice a year to discuss our business direction and how we can maximise our impact in an inclusive and accessible way. We also call upon individuals for specialist advice and guidance.
Payzee Mahmod is a survivor of FGM, child marriage, and a forced marriage. A Kurdish immigrant, raised in London, she uses her voice to speak out as a survivor and has made it her mission to be a changemaker, helping to tackle these harmful practices. As part of this, she has already successfully changed UK law to protect young people from child marriage.
Sarah Maile has been teaching for 14 years and was Curriculum Leader for PSHCE and Citizenship in her school; has a Masters in Teaching and Learning and she shares her passion and drive regularly with by delivering training on issues such as FGM, Breast Ironing & sexuality.
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Hannah has worked with leading multi-academy trusts, nationally-renowned charities and edtech providers to help them achieve their strategic goals. She is also a Director on the Board of Trustees at The Howard Academy Trust.
Charity and comms
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Andy has broad experience. He has held senior management positions in a number of organisations and owns a marketing & PR company. He also supports many local charities in Leicestershire and Rutland.
Cathy has been working in education for over 20 years, first as a teacher, later as a Pastoral Lead, and then Director of Sixth Form. She left teaching in 2019 and is now Head of Education Development at the Girls Day School Trust. She also hosts the podcast 'Raise Her Up'.
Annie has 15 years experience in state schools in London and the West Midlands and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Chester and an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research is focused on the Continued Professional Development of teachers.
University and research
Kajal is a junior doctor with a keen interest in gynaecology, sexual health and infectious disease. She became motivated to campaign for Sex Education after being told at school that ‘clever people didn’t need sex education.’ She is currently working on a project to improve the treatment of people suffering from miscarriage attending A&E.
Lucy Taylor is a passionate advocate for promoting consent and LGBT relationships education. She currently works at Communications agency PLMR where she is Deputy Head of their Health and Social Care practice. She currently works at Communications agency PLMR where she is Deputy Head of their Health and Social Care practice.
Siân Green is a determined and passionate teacher based in London, committed to ensuring all young people have the knowledge and skills they need to thrive. Inspired by Laura's success in campaigning to end the Tampon Tax, Siân co-founded Sex Ed Matters in 2019 and has a strong background in financial services.
Teacher and LGBT champion
Augusta Ivory-Peters is a final year PhD researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London. Augusta has spent most of her professional life in the not-for-profit sector and has worked for charities including The Prince's Teaching Institute and Cancer Research UK. As one of the founding members of the organisation, she is extremely passionate about empowering students with sex education.
Charity expert and research
Madeleine has a passion for equality and education. She currently works for many schools and education organisations across the country by providing communications and crisis support and strengthening public affairs relations such as with the Children's Commissioner. Her clients include some of the country's largest MATs, charities and universities.
School comms expert
Isabella SharpIsabella is a communications expert with twenty years’ experience driving integrated communication campaigns for tech, arts and culture, healthcare and education. Isabella is a passionate advocate for equality and has worked for the Girls’ Day School Trust and for the WOW (Women of the World) Festival whilst at Southbank Centre.
Emma has experience in creating and maintaining strong relationships with partners, academics and stakeholders. Her expertise in project management and communication will be helpful in expanding the reach of Sex Ed Matters and collaborating with other organisations. Emma's commitment to social justice, mental health and inclusive education aligns with Sex Ed Matters' mission perfectly.
University expert and mental health champion