Our Collective

Staff Team

Lucy Mason (Co-Director)

Lucy is a co-founder, trainer and conflict mediator at Tripod. She’s been facilitating grassroots social action for 13 years, working with groups in all corners of Europe, from Scotland to Belarus. She loves supporting people to work across difference, reflect on power and oppression, navigate conflicts and take more strategic action. She has been active in ecological, anti-war and no borders movements and currently organises for health justice. In her spare time she is a person-centred pyschotherapist, with a strong interest in therapeutic work with people who have experienced trauma due to systemic oppression. She loves walking in woods or by the sea, puns and attempting to learn how to DJ.

Olga Bloemen (Co-Director)

Olga is an experienced trainer, facilitator and coordinator. Before Tripod she’s been working with Nourish Scotland, a NGO campaigning for food justice, where she focused both on grassroots movement-building and policy change. She has a background in Social Anthropology and has been involved with different groups working for social and climate justice over the past 10 years. She’s interested in how we can support each other to act collectively and strategically in this time of spiralling social and ecological chaos, and stay resourced for the long-haul. She’s also a budding storyteller and believes that the future is built of the stories we tell ourselves and each other today.

Aoife Stephens

Aoife joined Tripod in August 2020. They have a background in science and been involved in feminist organising, campaigns for reproductive justice, queer liberation and climate justice. Having participated in various kinds of organising groups and contexts they’re fascinated by the ways in which we can counter wider injustice and transform our ways of working from the small scale and create effective, subversive, dynamic and fulfilling movement spaces. Likes: chocolate, lists, hot drinks of all kinds. Dislikes: the cold. Aoife can be found baking, knitting, and reading YA & sci-fi.

Monette O’Hara (Co-Director)

Monette is a trainer, facilitator and coach. She’s mainly preoccupied with coordinating Tripod’s Organising for Power Programme, strengthening the capacities of organisations and grassroots groups in their campaigns for the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and BME groups in Scotland. She has 15 years’ experience in designing and delivering innovative, experiential and rights/power-based learning courses, focusing on analysing the systems that deprive the marginalised of opportunities, effective tactics to challenge the status quo, as well as how through collective action individuals can work together to be greater than the sum of its parts. Her passion lies in exploring the intersection of one’s spirituality and social activism as she believes that social change should go hand-in-hand with personal transformation. She loves to dance and paint.

Zoe M Bouhassira

Zoe joined Tripod in November 2019. Most of her time in the collective is spent on Organising for Power, bringing in both her personal and professional experience to the programme that strives to support Scotland based grassroots groups campaigning on anti-racism and refugee & asylum seekers justice. She also works with the Pool of Trainers and facilitates workshops.

In her cover letter Zoe wrote about how she felt from a young age that she “gradually built her commitment to the fight(s) for social and racial justice alongside her attempts at better understanding the different puzzle pieces of her own identity”. That is part of why she is so committed to the importance of self advocacy and the urgent need to centre the voices of those directly affected by an issue when fighting for social change.

Some of her previous roles include : building a safe network for Jewish and Muslim LGBTQI+ youth to experience their faith and spirituality safely, working for the main Belgian national anti-racism charity, hacktivism targeting men’s rights online groups and being a SexEd teacher for Primary schools.

On good days she feels that her role at Tripod can help bring more discussion about access, disability and neurodiversity to the table of the anti-racism fight, and more anti-racism talk at the environmental justice table.

On less good days, Zoe is comforted by the conviction that the privilege of working within a co-op like Tripod, with inspiring and strong folks and where she feels supported and valued, is already its own tiny social revolution.


Lou Dear

Lou Dear is a Trade Union Organiser working in health care and formally education. Lou has been involved in queer and anti-racist solidarity work, climate and anti-militarism activism and political campaigning.

Yvonne Blake

Shan Stephens