Our team

Staff

Gray Hutchins

Service & Development Manager 

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I was delighted to join The Clare Project in November 2018 after graduating from the University of Sussex, and then spending a few years working in business/charity development. My role focusses on supporting all of our services across East Sussex, alongside continuing the growth and development of our 20-year strong organisation. I also work with our team to manage our TNBI Inclusion & Awareness training and consultancy offering, which is one of the most exciting aspects of our work. 

My favourite thing about working for The Clare Project is that it is trans/TNBI community-led, for the community itself. I am proud of the authenticity and diversity of our work, and how we continue to support, empower and elevate the voices of those in our community. 

 Outside of work I enjoy cooking (and eating), running and hiking, watching too many documentaries, and hanging out with my dogs, Charlie & Luna.

Carl Mogg

Facilitator

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Likes – All things nature. Especially dogs, birds and cows. Walking. Gardening. A fairly quiet life. Food, especially if it’s cooked for me. 80’s Punk/Goth music, especially Siouxsie Sioux. The Clare Project. And Peace ✌️
Dislikes – Having my photo taken (which is why you can see more of my dog in this one) People littering. Plastic in wildlife’s diets (see previous for cause) Fascists and Transphobia.

I fell in love with The Clare Project a couple of years ago and now help to facilitate the drop-in.  It’s an amazing place to come and make new friends,  or just chill out and refresh 🥤We also help to signpost if someone is struggling. It is invaluable and has helped so many over the years. I work with a lovely bunch of people and service users. It has also helped me slowly overcome my own anxieties 😊

Julia Trangmar

Facilitator

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I became a Facilitator for the Tuesday Drop-in around December 2015, after coming to The Clare Project myself for over a year. I love meeting new people and hearing their experiences, offering support and guidance where I can. Its also lovely hearing appreciation for what we do.

When not facilitating, I like to hang out at the Marlborough Pub & Theatre, going to our monthly Meet & Eat, and collecting records/vinyl. Although I recently became blind, I love going out and about, listening to films and television (especially the music), and making new friends.

Luke Oliver

Facilitator

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My name is Luke, I’m 26 years old and I’m also trans.

I am in to everything outdoors, in love with Wales and Shel Silverstein.

I have a son, Theo, who I gave birth to in early 2017, 2 spaniels and 2 rabbits!

I’m involved in facilitating the new TNB Hastings group and committed to making a difference in our community no matter how small.

One of my favourite quotes – “No matter how long the night, the dawn will always break”

Ven Paldano

TNBI Services Development Worker

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Ven is a non-binary trans-masculine QPoC MA Architecture student, architectural assistant and community organiser, who co-founded Brighton QTIPoC Narratives Collective to make ‘safer space’ for QTIPoC. As someone who works in property renovations and until recently a restaurateur, they are particularly focused on the power and application of craft, skill sharing, community mental health and advocacy. Being a Brightonian who’s family emigrated and settled in Sussex as part of the Windrush generation, they are dedicated to questioning the effects of colonialism within their own gender identity, the built environment, public and private space.

From previously collaborating with The Clare Project, they are excited to join a team who’s ethos aligns with their own values. They hope to bring a decolonial and intersectional lens through community grassroots engagement; that their fondness for infographics and illustration will aid in developing more inclusive and accessible resources for the community.

Luka White

TNBI Services Development Worker

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I started doing freelance work for The Clare Project in March 2020 and was very pleased to accept a permanent contract in September 2020 delivering training, developing information booklets and doing group facilitation. I previously worked in healthcare, in the last two years focussing on supporting people with mental health problems within the NHS and the charity sector. Outside of work I enjoy running Queer Basketball, playing the guitar and endlessly throwing tennis balls for my dog, Poppy.

The reason I am excited about working for The Clare Project is that it prides itself on being led by and for the TNBI community – and it really is! I am also really enjoying working specifically alongside and supporting other members of my community. Coming out as non-binary two years ago was a massive step for me, and the beautiful TNBI people I have met on my journey so far have been inspirational. I look forward to meeting many more of you over the coming months!

Trustees

Dr Sam Hall

Chair of Trustees

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Arriving in Brighton in 2010, Sam began his own transition when first stepping through the doors of The Clare Project’s Tuesday drop- in.He later became chair of the committee of what was at the time a small, voluntary grass roots community group. Over  subsequent years, Sam has been instrumental, along with other service users, in driving forward an agenda of increased recognition and visibility for TNBI folk. He remains committed to building a charity which has at it’s heart the wellbeing and inclusion of service users. The Clare Project today is a rapidly growing organisation with a wider reach than ever before, andcampaigns actively for inclusion of TNBI people in mainstream society. Sam lives in Brighton with his three children and works as a GP. He is currently chair of the board of trustees.

Andie Davidson

Trustee

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Andie is currently a technical author and has worked in IT, engineering and social research organisations. She began involvement with The Clare Project in 2011 and blogged the experience of transition extensively. She has lived in Sussex for over 25 years and in Brighton and Hove since 2013. For a number of years she was a school governor and chair of governors in Worthing, where she brought up her family.

A keen amateur musician, Andie has played trumpet in many local wind bands. She is also a creative writer and has performed her poetry in a number of venues. A background in social activism only added to a willingness to speak out in pubic on issues close to her heart, and for inclusion and equality.

Dr Kate Nambiar

Trustee

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Kate has worked for the NHS since 1999, and is currently practicing as a sexual health and gender-identity doctor. Alongside running Clinic T with her great team of sexual health advisors in Brighton, she also works in gender services in London. Having worked in the medical sector for a number of years, Kate is passionate about trans inclusion and awareness in health services. 

Beyond this, Kate enjoys attending Trans Pride Brighton, gaming, catching up with friends, and spending time on her allotment.

Martine Noble

Trustee

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Martine has been a Trustee for The Clare Project for a few years, and often focuses on the finances and sustainability of the organisation. Outside of this role, Martine spends much of her time residing in France with her husband. She is also on the board for a couple of other charities, and is a passionate photographer.