Chair: Shaan Surat R Knan, MA
Shaan Knan is a London-based diversity consultant, educator and heritage professional. He is Chair of GIRES and the author of ‘A Roadmap to Inclusion’ – a new GIRES resource supporting trans and gender diverse people of faith. Shaan is a proud member of the Stonewall Trans Advisory Group. He also works as Trans Organisation Network Worker for the LGBT Consortium.
Secretary: Christl Hughes MBE
Christl Hughes is a non practising solicitor. She became involved with GIRES in 2011 shortly after retiring from High St legal practice and was elected a Trustee at the 2011 AGM. Her work for GIRES has included responding to Consultations and representing the trans sector on the Crown Prosecution Service Community Accountability Forum.
In 2010/ she served as Chair of the National Association of Women Solicitors and is a trustee and Chair of the Awards Committee of SBA – The Solicitors’ Charity. Christl was awarded the MBE in the 2020 for her services to Equality & Charity
Treasurer: Bernard Reed OBE, MA, MBA & Terry Reed OBE, JP, BA (Hons), MCSP, SRP, Grad. Dip. Phys.
Bernard and Terry Reed have a long history as allies of gender diverse people. They helped their gender diverse daughter to win a landmark sex discrimination case in 1997. Then, with a group of gender diverse activists, they established GIRES. Bernard and Terry are both members of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and have presented papers at professional conferences internationally.
They received WPATH’s 2016 Education Award and have also received awards in the Pink List, and Attitude magazine, as well as from the National Trans Youth Network. Terry has co-authored articles in peer reviewed journals, including The Lancet and the International Journal of Transgenderism, and is now contributing to the revision of WPATH’s Standards of Care. She is a member of the Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity. She served on the Royal College of Psychiatrists Intercollegiate Committee on treating gender dysphoria. The strapline on her business card is “Tolerance is not enough”.
Bernard and Terry served respectively on the NHS England Clinical Reference Groups that develop the specifications for gender identity services for young people and adults and have contributed to the new Prison Service Instruction on caring for detained gender diverse people. Terry also served for nearly 20 years as a magistrate and as a volunteer in the Samaritans. They were each awarded the OBE in 2010 in recognition of their services to GIRES.
Mary Deans BSc CEng FIET
Mary Deans lives in North West London. She has been a Chief Engineer for many years working on several major projects. She is involved with several Trans groups in and around London and has recently become a GIRES trustee.
Reubs J Walsh BA, MSc
Reubs Walsh is a trustee and the Research Chair of GIRES. She is a final-year PhD candidate at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam her current research focuses on identity processes in the context of adolescent mental health, particularly in relation to social contexts.
At the end of this year she will take up a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto investigating the effects of both long-term hormone therapy and social context on the brain health of older trans women. Reubs holds a BA in physiological sciences from St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford and an MSc in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology from Birkbeck, University of London.
Reubs is fascinated by, and committed to, ethical practices in research that consider the impact of research on culture and policy, as well as on human participants. Therefore she is committed to producing explicitly political, feminist, science-centred comedy content aimed at a general audience, and works with GIRES to continue the charity’s longstanding practice of delivering to policymakers and institutions an understanding that begins with the humanity of trans people, and leads to the scientific evidence about how to optimise wellbeing outcomes for everyone touched by trans issues.