the people behind akt

Find the people working behind the scenes to keep our services running. If you need to get in touch with a member of the leadership team directly, you can find their contact details here.

our leadership team

Every member of our team brings expertise, life experience and a passion to help LGBTQ+ young people affected by homelessness.


Shān Nicholas | Interim CEO


Joanne | Director of Finance


Amy | Director of  Marketing & Communications



Sheralee | Director of People and Operations


Hayley |  Director of Services


Find out more about our current vacancies for both employees and volunteers. We’re looking for people who are committed to eradicating youth homelessness. If you’ve got something to offer, we’d love to hear from you.

our board of trustees

akt is governed by a Board of Trustees. The board is made up of dedicated individuals who oversee and support the work akt do in a voluntary capacity.

In accordance with the Companies Act 2006 and Charities Act 2011, the board focuses primarily upon strategic, policy and governance issues.

These wonderful people ensure all decisions are made in LGBTQ+ young people’s best interests. They are responsible for the proper management of the charity’s strategy and direction, including its risk appetite. This includes monitoring the charity’s performance and the allocation of resources.

Our board of trustees includes:

  • Robert Malcomson | Chair of Trustees
  • Bontle Senne | Joint Vice Chair
  • Richard Macmillan | Joint Vice Chair
  • Amy Prendergast
  • Colin Douglas
  • Ed Tytherleigh
  • Martin Collett
  • Matthew Haworth
  • Stephanie Dittmer
  • Dr. Thomas Flynn
  • Yoni Ejo

our patrons

Our amazing patrons use their influence to raise akt’s profile and contribute to our cause. These inspiring people advocate for LGBTQ+ youth with compassion, dedication and creativity.

  • Cath Johnson | Founder of akt
  • Ian McKellen | Actor, activist
  • Dan Gillespie Sells | Musician, activist
  • Charlie Condou | Actor, activist
  • Henry Holland | Fashion designer
  • Jake Graf | Trans activist
  • Russell Tovey | Actor
  • Claire Harvey | Paralympian, activist
  • Daniel Winterfeldt | Lawyer, activist
  • Suki Sandhu | Business, activist
  • Stephen K Amos | Comedian
  • Lady Phyll | Activist, campaigner
  • Heather Peace | Actor, musician, activist
  • Hannah Graf | Activist