Dr Helen is the founder of GenderGP. A passionate advocate for the transgender community, she continues to campaign for real change in the way that trans people are treated in society and particularly in relation to the barriers they face when accessing healthcare. Dr Webberley believes in gender-affirmative care and that the individual is the expert in their own gender identity. Helen is a keen and passionate singer, as well as being completely tone deaf.
Nicola is our business advisor. Her role is to make sure that GenderGP is robust and sustainable for the future. Overseeing the business and operations side of the team, Nicola helps GenderGP grow and reach more of the trans community. Internally she supports our aim to improve efficiency which in turn allows the wider team to spend more time improving patient satisfaction. She is usually found squirrelled away reading the latest business book.
Katie has been integral in developing the operations side of GenderGP since day one – she was Dr Helen’s first hire! Her day-to-day role involves working out the practicalities of how best to connect our service users with the care that they need. Katie was instrumental in introducing the GenderGP Portal and is our go-to person when the team encounters a challenge relating to the practicalities of patient care. Katie is a green stripe in taekwondo.
Aby leads the communications team at GenderGP. She was one of the first team members, joining Dr Helen and Katie back in 2015, when the service began. Aby looks after all communications for the business including: media relations, managing all content (including blogs, newsletters, video), overseeing social media, producing the podcast and coordinating events and partnerships. She once danced the salsa with football legend Eric Cantona.
Adi is responsible for our Patient Pathway, Wellbeing and Services Teams. She has a background in business development and customer services. She is particularly interested in finding solutions to the challenges faced by gender diverse communities when accessing timely and supportive health care. Adi enjoys working within community projects. She’s a Trans Peer Mentor for a London Charity, involved in grass-roots Athletics Advocacy and has even strayed into supporting political candidates lobbying for the right to cleaner air for all. Adi has climbed the same volcano multiple times but never quite had the heart to look over into the fiery pit of lava.
Yasmeen is an Egyptian doctor who started her journey with GenderGP back when she was a final year medical student. During that time, her passion for transgender and non-binary healthcare grew to such an extent that, once she graduated, she knew this was the field in which she wanted to practice medicine. Yasmeen started helping more, and now loves having consultations with her patients and guiding them through their medical care. With an additional background in healthcare quality, she aspires to help transgender and non-binary people navigate through the patient-centered medical care they both need and deserve. When she isn’t working, Yasmeen is obsessed with books and nail polish and as a 10 year-old, she visited Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz on his birthday and gave him flowers.
As a fully qualified counsellor, with a post grad diploma in Gender Sexuality and Diverse Relationships, Marianne is our most experienced counsellor in the field of transgender care. She heads up our team of specialist gender counsellors at GenderGP. Marianne combines her own experiences as a trans woman with her affinity for others going through their own gender journey. She came into this particular branch of therapy after struggling to find someone who could support her with her own transition. Marianne brings a unique insight to her practice, both from her own first hand experiences and her understanding of the impact which transition can have on families and loved ones. She enjoys working with people of all ages, including children and their families, creating a non-judgmental space in which parents can talk openly about their own issues in relation to their child’s transition. Marianne offers remote and face to face counselling.
Roxana is a Romanian doctor who has always had a considerable degree of empathy for those who face particular challenges in life and who are often marginalised. She has always loved to be challenged and when she wanted to change the direction of her medical career, for something more interesting, she found GenderGP. During her time specialising in the field of gender care, she has learned so much from the patients themselves, about their lives, their concerns and how much they suffer for not being able to live authentically. Outside of her working life Roxana loves the arts, music, movies and pets, especially dogs.
Gary joined GenderGP in 2018. He is a pathway advisor and training lead. In his day-to-day role, Gary manages patient enquiries and supports other members of the team with their training needs. He is also the key liaison with our partner pharmacy Clear Chemist. Gary is an avid pool player and has a host of trophies, which he proudly displays on top of the wardrobe!
Osian is one of GenderGP’s senior Pathway Advisors. As a patient, he has first-hand experience of using the service which enables him to bring a unique level of understanding to those people he supports on a daily basis – answering queries and helping them to navigate the Pathway. Osian is a keen musician and enjoys playing with a variety of classical orchestras. He has a degree in philosophy and masters in musicology. Osian is a big fan of dogs and is getting used to sharing his home with a new pooch called Tia who came for a short visit in March but, thanks to lockdown, never left!
Kathryn is focused on patient contact and care. She joined GenderGP in a bid to take an active role in helping the community by giving them all the information they need to make their journey as easy as possible. Kathryn is a committed activist and member of the Green Party. In her spare time she enjoys rock climbing and is an avid gamer.
Claire works as part of the patient team, processing medication reviews and prescription requests. At the same time as starting with GenderGP she, together with her family, made her dream move to live in Cornwall. Her next goal is learning how to paddle board.
Anais works as part of the support team. Her day to day role spans everything from managing correspondence from GP practices, to referring patients to the relevant Pathway team member to ensure they get what they need and helping patients to book sessions. Anais is also a Level 1 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Coach and an advocate for a clean air charity.
Ellie is a school administrator by day and Pathway Advisor by night, processing patient information and helping to answer straightforward queries. Ellie is an identical twin with Liz – another pathway advisor!
Evie is a member of the GenderGP support staff. She assists with patient queries and GP letters. Evie is mamma to a new puppy, a jackapoo called Moretti.
Karen has worked as part of the Pathway Team in a support capacity for the past year. She is responsible for guiding new service users through the first stages of the process as well as providing ongoing back up to the Pathway Team on a daily basis. Before joining GGP, Karen was a primary school teaching assistant for many years. She has two gorgeous grandchildren that live with her.
Kenya is the youngest member of GenderGP. She plays an invaluable supporting role to our Pathway team, helping to organise cases and manage some of the day to day admin. In her spare time, Kenya enjoys ballet and is currently a grade 7.
Liz joined GenderGP two years ago. She works within the Pathway team in an admin role, supporting with letters to GPs and clinics and in the management of patient data. Liz is a keen singer and her favourite place to sing is in the shower – “due to the excellent acoustics!”
Michael guides patients through the appraisal pathway, ensuring each case is complete and ready to be submitted to GenderGP’s multidisciplinary team for final review. He works for GenderGP part time, the rest of his time is spent studying Ethical Hacking and Cyber security.
Penny lives in Dublin and works as part of the Appraisal Pathway team, specifically helping new patients become subscribed members and answering queries relating to trans youth. Penny’s eldest daughter is trans so she has first hand experience of negotiating the associated complexities. Penny is passionate about helping trans people find their true selves. She loves dancing, climbing walls and making (and eating!) cake.
Kim provides ad hoc support to the comms team keeping her ear to the ground and helping to spread positivity on social media. She shares her office with a veritable menagerie of animals including: four cats, a dog, a rabbit and a lizard.
Social Media Manager for GenderGP, Taryn aims to deliver all things trans-related in the most colourful and joy-filled way possible! Taryn is a Bisexual mother of five children, including one young trans daughter. She is an activist and advocate for various human rights causes, particularly LGBTQIA+ issues. Taryn is also a peer-reviewed fashionista, who runs an online shop selling penis-shaped earrings – among other things – in her spare time.
Victoria divides her time between the Pathway and Communications teams at GenderGP. A trans woman, and patient of GenderGP herself, Victoria has a huge degree of first hand experience of the challenges navigating the healthcare system in the UK, she brings this insight to her day to day role. Victoria is also an experienced journalist and in her previous life she worked in games development. Victoria is heavily involved in building communities online and is an avid podcaster. She has taken off in more planes than she has landed in.
Chloë is a Research Assistant and Blog Writer for GGP. She’s a final year medical student at the University of Birmingham and has developed a keen interest in trans healthcare during her time at university. Chloë has developed an educational website (16point6.wordpress.com) aimed at healthcare students, which aims to improve their clinical communication with LGBTQ patients and promote LGBTQ-inclusive practice at the training level. She’s a big jazz fan and once tried to whittle a wind instrument out of a large carrot.
Amy is an experienced counsellor who has worked with many transgender, gender fluid and non binary clients over recent years. She particularly enjoys taking people through the GenderGP Information Gathering Sessions (IGS) and working with them to explore their gender story in full, something most people have never before had the opportunity to do with a supportive, gender affirmative counsellor.
Clare has gained a unique insight into the emotional journey faced by people who are trans or who are questioning their gender. She offers a safe space where clients can talk about the problems or obstacles they may be facing, a space of acceptance, devoid of judgement. Clare’s goal is to empower individuals to help them move forward. She specialises in a range of issues including: depression and anxiety, bereavement and loss, relationship issues and self identity.
Diana has worked in a number of charitable settings and supports individuals with many different issues. She believes that an empathic, non-judgemental approach enables clients to move forward to a happier place in their lives. Diana joined GenderGP’s therapy team in 2018. She loves the variety of counselling and has helped people of all ages ranging from teens to senior adults, with whom she has a particular affinity.
Jackie’s particular interest in specialist gender counselling comes from her own personal experience. Her first husband was trans and her second husband is bi-gender. This first-hand experience gives Jackie a considerable amount of empathy and insight into the emotional turmoil and confusion gender variance can create, making her a great option for adults, partners and older family members. Jackie offers remote and face to face counselling.
Jayne has been working therapeutically with young people, families and adults since 2012 within the NHS. She has been with GenderGP since 2016. She works with patients and their families to help them to find a positive way forward, exploring their thoughts and feelings in a non-judgemental and confidential environment. Having spent time as a grief counsellor, working for Macmillan cancer support, Jayne has a deep understanding of the process that a lot of parents and loved ones go through on the path to acceptance. She works with clients to find coping strategies to empower change and help navigate life’s challenges.
Tilly has been a counsellor for more than 30 years. She started as a volunteer for Choices (working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse) and moved into private practice in 1986. Tilly combines her counselling and supervision work with research. Her interests and energy have enabled her to develop professionally and personally as a counsellor who stays abreast of current issues without losing her humanity and empathy for people, whoever they are. Tilly has a special interest in working with transgender patients.