All council roles were re-elected prior to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2019.
- Only FULL members of BAGIS were eligible to vote.
- The election process was administered by an independent expert by experience, who fulfilled the role of scrutineer.
The outcome of the elections was announced at the AGM on 3rd October, as follows:
- President: Matthew Mills
- Secretary: Sarah Murjan
- Treasurer: Lucy Evans (stood down August 2020; James Bellringer current Acting Treasurer)
- 2 Year Council Member (4 Roles):
- Gary Butler
- Paul Carruthers
- Helen Greener
- Sally Robbins-Cherry
- 4 Year Council Member (4 Roles):
- James Bellringer
- Anna Laws
- Christina Richards
- Claudia Zitz
Current Council: Biographies
Matthew Mills – President
Matthew Mills is a Consultant Speech and Language Therapist in voice and communication and Head of the Speech and Language Therapy Service at the Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic, London, where he has worked since 2009. He has worked in voice for over 25 years and originally trained as an actor and musician at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He is a founder member of the Trans Voice and Communication CEN, and a National Adviser for the Royal College of Speech and Language. Matthew is a lecturer at the University of Greenwich and external examiner for MA/MFA Voice Studies at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. He has presented at WPATH, EPATH and BAGIS, is a contributor of the Int. J. Transgender Health, and co-author of The Voice Book for Trans and Non-Binary People and ‘Voice and Communication with Trans and Non-Binary People: Sharing the Clinical Space’.
Sarah Murjan – Secretary-General
Dr Sarah Murjan is a Consultant at the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.
James Bellringer (Acting Treasurer)
James Barrett – Previous President (ex officio)
James is a Consultant in gender dysphoria medicine and Lead Clinician of Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic, in London.
Professor Gary Butler is Consultant in Paediatric & Adolescent Medicine and Endocrinology at University College Hospital in London and holds an Honorary Personal Chair in Child and Adolescent Health at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. He qualified at St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School in London, and trained in paediatric endocrinology in Edinburgh at the Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit and Royal Hospital for Sick Children. His principal research interests were the neuroendocrine control of normal growth and puberty, and treatment with growth hormone and sex hormones. Subsequently he directed the paediatric endocrine centre for Wales based in Cardiff and then moved to lead paediatric endocrinology in the North East of England in Leeds. Subsequently he became Foundation Professor of Paediatrics at Reading University. On return to London in 2009, he established an adolescent endocrine service at UCLH with special focus on disorders of puberty. He is also the endocrine lead for the UK adolescent Gender Identity Development Service taking an international lead in the standards of care for transgender children and adolescents. He is acknowledged as an international expert in these areas and lectures in the UK and across the world. He is currently Chair of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Gender Incongruence Working Group.
Helen is a Consultant in gender dysphoria and the clinical lead at the Northern Region Gender Dysphoria Service, in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
Paul is Children’s Endocrine Nurse Specialist & Gender Identity Nurse Specialist at Leeds Children’s Hospital, Leeds General Infirmary. Paul qualified as a sick children’s nurse from Leeds University in 2004 and began his career in paediatric cardiology. Paul then worked in the community setting in various roles such as a children’s community nurse, inclusion nurse and school nurse. A strong interest in public health steered him to complete a degree in the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse course which led him to specialise in safeguarding and teenage sexual health. An interest in higher education resulted in Paul qualifying as a practice teacher supporting post graduate school nursing students. He currently works as a children’s endocrine and gender identity clinical nurse specialist. Paul is the team leader for the children’s endocrine team and is the national lead gender identity specialist nurse for the GIDS service. Paul has qualified as a non-medical and independent prescriber. The gender identity aspect of his role requires him to play a pivotal part in the ever growing and changing field of paediatric gender identification. Away from work Paul is a busy dad to his two sons and enjoys to travel.
Sally is a Nurse Consultant/ Senior Psychotherapist working at the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health. She has worked in Transgender Health Care for 12 years.
James is a Consultant Urological Surgeon and provides genital reconstructive surgery to trans feminine people. He is based in Wimbledon, London.
Dr Anna Laws is a clinical psychologist working at the Northern Region Gender Dysphoria Service, based in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Professor Richards is Visiting Full Professor of Gender and Mental Health at Regent’s University London; Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield; and is the Clinical Module Lead for the Royal College of Physicians’ intercollegiate qualification in Gender Identity Healthcare. Prof. Richards is Lead Consultant Psychologist/Head of Psychology at the London Gender Identity Clinic (Charing Cross) within the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and is also Head of Research.Prof. Richards was elected to the Executive Board of the European Professional Association for Transgender Health (EPATH); and was selected by the executive board of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) to be Lead Chapter Author for Adult Assessment in the Standards of Care Version 8 (SoC v8) revision. She is listed as an expert in gender diversity by the BPS on the Gender Diversity Specialist Register (whose criteria she co-drafted). She is one of the few psychologists recognised by HM Courts and Tribunals Service as a Specialist in the field of Gender Dysphoria, thus allowing her to prepare medical reports for the Gender Recognition Panel. Prof. Richards is a founder member of the British Association of Gender Identity Specialists (BAGIS); a past Trustee of the National LGBT Foundation; a founder member of BiUK and co-author of the Bisexuality Report. Prof. Richards is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal of the Counselling Psychology Review. Her own publications consist of various papers, reports, and book chapters. Her most recent book is Richards, C., & Barrett, J. (2020). Trans and non-binary gender healthcare for psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals. Cambridge: Royal College of Psychiatrists/Cambridge University Press.
Claudia is a Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Psychotherapist working with young people and their families in the Gender Identity Development Service.