Leyla joined Consortium in November 2021 as our Equity Fund Project Officer to support community-led LGBT+ organisations working across key intersectional, equity issues.
Having previously worked for a domestic abuse charity in aftercare, recovery, early intervention, prevention, and outreach services, she oversaw volunteering projects including campaigning and skill-based workshops.
Leyla is an ambassador for Chatham House’s Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs, supporting shaping the program’s engagement with young voices, especially LGBT+ communities, women and other marginalised genders. She is also a mentee in the Equal Power Equal Voice public life mentoring programme as part of the Women’s Equality Network Wales cohort.
Leyla is passionate about self-care and wellbeing. Implemented as staff rep at her previous job and as a student mentor at her university, she values a person-centred approach and collaborative working.
Leyla lives in Cardiff with her partner and two snails (Bo and Bonnie) but travels back regularly to her family home in Dorset to visit her family dog (Olive) and pigeon collective (so many names)!
She loves spending her weekend baking cakes and running on local trails and loves even more to bring cake on her runs! She is an advocate for joyful movement and breaking down pressures and expectations of exercise.