Meet the Born Team
Paul Heaton. Lead Makeup Artist and MD
Combining his skills as a communications professional with his business experience managing marketing campaigns and creative teams, Paul co-ordinates how we reach out to people and engage with them.
Paul’s visual talents extend to being a makeup artist specialising in feminisation. He honed these skills under the tutelage of a well known trans feminisation makeup artist. Paul organises Born’s various events and sometimes gives free makeup tasters at the events.
With a wide range of clients including the Arts Council, the BBC, Cooperative Bank, the Royal Exchange Theatre and the Welcome Foundation, Paul’s experience in design and marketing communications makes him ideally suited to look after Born’s public face.
Devising strategic marketing solutions for Born’s business objectives, Paul is fully committed to our mission to improve the lives of trans and non-binary people by offering them practical help and advice, and working to boost their confidence and self-esteem.
Barbara Guest. Behavioural Change Practitioner
Originally from London, Barbara re-located to Shropshire in 2006 and then to Salford in 2015. Following a successful business career, she left corporate life after 21 years and re-trained as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Stress Manager before discovering Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) which changed the way in which she now works.
EFT is a form of energy psychology that delivers rapid results that are usually permanent. It works by enabling the client to let go of identified issues such as upsetting memories, behavioural triggers and responses and to overcome unwanted emotions such as guilt, shame, jealousy and so on. When these energy blocks are released, they no longer have an impact on decision-making and choices and the client is ‘emotionally free’ from the issue.
Barbara has been in private practice since 1999 and worked for 3 years at a Women’s Refuge working with women who had survived domestic abuse. Her philosophy is:
“There is no right or wrong way to feel but if how you feel isn’t working for you, it can be changed”
To book with Barbara call 0161 708 9732 (Monday – Friday, 09:30 – 6pm) or click the button below
Leighanne Krystal. Fashion and Styling
Everybody wants to look their best all of the time but with the fast paced nature of modern life, people don’t always have the time and often, style falls down the priority pecking order.
Got a special occasion or attending an event? Maybe, as many of us do, you’ve had a change in lifestyle (weight, relationship etc…) and you don’t know where to begin to adapt. That’s where I come in. The rational and practical voice that is on your side.
Whether it’s editing your wardrobe to best represent where you are in your life now, helping you acquire those glam garments and accessories or being on hand at a photo shoot / runway fashion show, I’m your supporting style sister.
- Fashion and Beauty Awards Finalist 2016
- The UK Fashion and Beauty Awards Finalist 2017
- International publications: Elléments Magazine, Shuba Magazine, Elegant Magazine, Surreal Magazine
- National publications: Creative Portrait Magazine, Féroce Magazine
To Book with Leighanne call 07538 214 362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Addlestone. Voice Training
During her career, Sue has worked with both children and adults with a range of speech and language difficulties. Her work has been in the following settings: a special school, mainstream schools, health centres and NHS hospitals. Her work as a lecturer for students on the Speech Therapy degree course (Manchester Metropolitan University) helped in the training of future speech therapists. In addition Sue has a Certificate in counselling, family therapy and expertise in a cognitive behavioural therapy.
Sue featured on North West News about Speech Therapy and voice. Her successful treatment for a female vicar enabled this lady to return to work, which she had been forced to give up due to voice loss.
In her NHS role, Sue is head of the voice service and has extensive experience in treatment of transgendered voice. She works as lead therapist with ENT Consultants in designated voice clinics within a hospital and also has training in counselling. Sue has worked as a lecturer and examiner on the speech therapy graduate course at MMU (Manchester Metropolitan University).
Michelle Manley. Relationship & Career Coach
As for my story, I had a successful career and a history of unsuccessful relationships.
The more unsuccessful the relationships I had, the more I put my energy into my work.
I was already a great advocate of coaching; having seen the positive effects it had had on my career, when I turned to see whether relationship coaching could help me with my love life.
What I learnt, and went on to experience, turned everything I believed about relationships and men on its head. And at the same time, it all made common sense and explained what I’d been doing wrong all that time.
I went on to test what I had learnt in my working life and that transformed too.
There’s a lot more to it, but in a nutshell, men and women are fundamentally different in the way they think, feel and communicate.
What I had been doing was acting like a ‘man’ in both my relationships and my work. This is why I didn’t feel like ‘me’ in work and why I wasn’t getting what I needed in my relationships.
As soon as I connected to my feminine energy the whole thing changed and I started to Have It All.
I started to share what I discovered with others and that was the beginning of my journey to becoming a coach.
Today I feel privileged and excited to share what I know works with women all over the world.
Find out more here: Coaching For Trans Women
Sam Marshall. Beauty Treatments
Sam has worked with trans clients for six years her first when working at Harvey Nichols but been part of the Manchester LGBT community for 11 years.
Sam writes for trade publications, local newspapers and magazines, has appeared on local and National Radio and is also on the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority Advisory Committee. She has worked with many brands and her skill set covers nearly all beauty services available today.
Jo Maddox. Mentor
Jo has helped people by listening, giving honest feedback, including guiding you into making the right decisions for yourself. She is there to be a role-model, and will be someone you can learn to fully trust. As a Mentor will inspire you, guide you, and expect you to give your best efforts into becoming the person you want to be.
As a Mentor, she can listen, guide and signpost
Mentoring is different than a friend. A Mentor is someone who has already been through and past an experience, and is willing to be a strong, responsible advisor to help you clarify and reach your own goals.
Jo normally works on a week basis of catch up, every 2 weeks if a mentee needs it ie. goals challenges. If mentoring is going well this can change to every 4 weeks.
- Social and medical transition
- Exploring gender identity
- Coming out
- Being ‘stealth’ / negotiating disclosure
- Offering practical support and take a problem-solving approach
- Providing appropriate information (and researching together) around gender identity
- Demonstrating an understanding around transgender identities including non-binary identities and gender variance
- Managing anxiety or stress
Contact details for Jo:
Mobile: 07999 114056
Skype username: JoJoMaddox1_1
First 30min FREE chat via Skype or phone. If you wish to continue with Jo the cost is £10 per hour to work with the mentee.