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Chrysalis Management Team

It’s all about people!

Meet our growing team of people that make Chrysalis such a great organisation to be involved with.

If you would like to get involved please head over to out Vacancies section.


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Stephanie Boyd (she/her)

Chair of Trustees
    Stephanie is the Chair of Trustees at Chrysalis, and also a Facilitator at the Portsmouth and Fareham Trans and Questioning Support Group.

    Stephanie has previously been a recipient of the services offered by Chrysalis and felt that it was important to support Chrysalis going forward so others can also benefit from the life saving services that Chrysalis provides. Stephanie joined the board in April 2018. Stephanie has worked within a number of roles within the aviation industry and brings a range of business skills and capabilities to support Chrysalis in delivering on its goals and future vision. Stephanie brings support, enthusiasm and a commitment to continue to deliver and develop Chrysalis for the future

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    Jon Wallace, IPFA (he/him)

      Jon has been a trustee since February 2015 and has undertaken the role of Secretary since April 2018 and is now acting Treasurer.

      He has been involved with Chrysalis since 2013 when he with his family received support and advice as the parent of a transitioning child; he is keen to ensure that this valuable support is available to others.

      Jon is a qualified accountant and general manager with over 40 years’ practical experience of business management and administration. As Secretary, he has led on work with the Charity Commission for Chrysalis seeking to become a CIO [Charitable Incorporated Organisation] as well as finance and personnel matters and the programme to improve and modernise office based administrative systems.

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      Samantha Whitehorn (she/her)

        Samantha is a trans female who joined the Chrysalis board as a trustee in April 2018. Samantha used to be a group member and received fantastic support when she needed it most. Samantha wanted to give back to the charity that helped her and help deliver that support to others sharing her journey. Samantha brings her experience with Microsoft Office & Sharepoint, GDPR information and 1st line technical support, as well as experience in IT and Communication Sales/Support/Policies to the governance of Chrysalis as well as actively promoting the charity at networking and community events.
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        Deanna Earley (she/her)

        Board Member
          Deanna has been a volunteer and trustee of Chrysalis since April 2018, and formerly received support as a group member. Professionally Deanna is a software developer and with Chrysalis helps manage the IT systems as well as the website and social media presence. Deanna’s volunteer role involves facilitating the Portsmouth Wellbeing Group and helping with the Portsmouth & Fareham and Basingstoke Trans and Questioning Groups, where she has the privilege of passing on her knowledge and experience to others.
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          Scott Johnson (he/him)

          Board Member
            Scott has been a police officer with Hampshire Constabulary for 22 years. In addition to his core role Scott co-chairs the Hampshire Constabulary LGBT+ Resource Group, leading around 100 Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLOs) to provide support and advice to colleagues and victims on domestic abuse and hate crimes affecting LGBT+ communities. Scott sits on the Hate Crime group for Hampshire Constabulary, working to equip colleagues to provide an excellent response to hate crime. Scott has recently joined the board and brings his knowledge of policing and the criminal justice system to the group. He is looking forward to developing the excellent relationship between the force and Chrysalis
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            Paul Draycott (he/him)

            Paul is a Director of Workforce, Organisational Development and Communications at Southern Health NHS FT, a partner organisation of Chrysalis. He has worked in and around the NHS for all his working life and one area he is both passionate about and responsible for in the Trust is inclusion and social justice. Paul abhors intolerance and believes in the values and value of the services that Chrysalis provides. Paul has joined the Chrysalis board to give his skills and time to complement the rest of the board members and to help move Chrysalis forward.
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            Russell Thackeray (he/him)

            Board Member
            Russell is a highly experienced, innovative and dynamic OD/Change Consultant, Business Psychologist, Trainer, Coach, hypnotherapist & Psychotherapeutic Mediator with a proven track record in thought leadership as well as delivering high value and effective L&D solutions for clients across a range of industries and sectors. He brings his experience in commercial business development and entrepreneurial spirit to the organisation.  Russell is a trans ally and has used Chrysalis twice and greatly benefitted from the support. He has a wide appreciation of the challenges trans people experience. 
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              Office Team

              The Chrysalis Office Team is the beating heart of the organisation. The team work Monday to Friday and can be contacted by email on or on 03448 468 545 between 9:30am and 3pm and provide the management and administration. Contact the team to join a group, to find out about our events and training, get involved as a volunteer and for all other inquiries.

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              Andi Maratos (they/them)

              Andi leads Chrysalis with passion, vision and flair. Never content with sitting still Andi is an innovator: blending their knowledge of management and the experience of being gender diverse to create an organisation that is flexible, inclusive and ever developing. Delivering high quality support to trans, non-binary and questioning people, their families and friends across the South Coast and beyond.
              Under Andi’s leadership Chrysalis has grown into a nationally recognised organisation with a mission to create a world where every gender diverse person can be their authentic self and “free to be me!”
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              Dawn Harding (she/her)

              Acting Office Manager and PA to the CEO
              Dawn is the office organised person. She plans and coordinates our events and training, working with Sheila to support our volunteers and conduct inductions.

              Go to Dawn if you have a question about how Chrysalis works, or about how to use your Microsoft Teams account.

              Dawn is passionate about Chrysalis and alongside her work in the office is also one of our team of trained facilitators and runs one of our Parents Support Groups as well as volunteering at Pride and our other outreach events.

              Dawn is one of our First Contact Advisors, equally supportive of the confident and the nervous callers who want to find out more about joining our groups.

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              Sheila Elsey

              Volunteer Coordinator
              Sheila is responsible for recruitment, training and support of the fantastic team of Chrysalis’ volunteers. Sheila always has enough time for you if you need to ask her a question or to have a chat.

              Sheila works closely with the voluntary organisations across Hampshire and Dorset as well as providing induction, training and administrative support.

              Sheila works with Dawn on our First Contact advice line, supporting those who are looking to find out more about Chrysalis and to join one of our groups. Knowing our volunteers as well as she does Sheila can support you to find the group that is the best fit for your needs.

              Not content with working hard in the office Sheila is also one of our keen volunteers and can be seen busy networking and helping out at Pride and our other events.

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              Kevan Watson

              Finance Administrator
              Kevan manages the Chrysalis books. Checking all our finances add up and keeping a record of who has done what. Kevan produces all our monthly statistics, giving us the data we need to show that we are delivering the best possible service.

              Kevan makes sure that everyone is paid on time and is the person to go to with any expenses queries. He also keeps the rest of the team on the straight and narrow with his attention to detail and understanding of the importance of the rules and regulations.

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