Who we are

Our People

Founded in 2008, Tripod is a collective of facilitators, trainers and organisers from a range of grassroots backgrounds, identities and experiences.

Staff Team

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Lucy Mason

Co-Director

Lucy is a co-founder, trainer, facilitator 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, transform oppressive dynamics, navigate conflicts and take more strategic action. She has been active in ecological, anti-war and anti-racism movements and currently organises for health justice. In her spare time she is a person-centred pyschotherapist, working with people who experience multiple forms of marginalisation.

Likes: jumping in to cold water, expansive chats especially with blankets, fantasising about becoming a ceramicist, singing unexpected harmonies, and geeking out about group processes.
Dislikes: mugs that are too small, the sound of forks scraping on rough surfaces, disconnection.

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Monette Pacia O’Hara

Co-Director

Monette is a trainer, coach and project coordinator focused on the Organising for Power programme. 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, and how, through collective action, individuals can work together to be greater than the sum of the parts. She has a background in international development and social work. Her passion lies in exploring the link between spirituality and social activism as she believes that social change should go hand-in-hand with personal transformation.

Likes: dancing, bohemian interiors, forest walks, liberation theology & folk arts.
Dislikes: cold, wet and grey days.

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Olga Bloemen

Co-Director

Olga is an experienced trainer, facilitator and project coordinator. Before Tripod she worked 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.

Likes: Mustard yellow, collecting (and sharing) poems, creative porridge-making, funky Dutch sayings.
Dislikes: Sitting still for too long, Zoom issues, Brie cheese.

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Zoe M Bouhassira

Zoe joined the Organising For Power team in November 2019 as a facilitator and Project Coordinator. Previously based in Belgium and France working as a facilitator and Sex Educator within school systems and for antiracism NGOs, Zoe also dabbled in Feminist Hacktivism, a solidarity network for local Jewish and Muslim LGBTQI+ youth and advocacy for accessibility & inclusivity within activist spaces. They strongly believe in the need for self advocacy and centring the voices of those directly affected by an issue when fighting for any social change.

Likes: Comic books, accessible techy gear, cooking traditional Tunisian Jewish couscous and baking the challah for Friday evenings.
Dislikes: steps in front of doors, warm apple sauce, the sound of fabric tearing.

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Aoife Stephens

Co-Director

Aoife joined Tripod in August 2020 as a trainer, facilitator and project coordinator. They have a background in science and have 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. Aoife can be found baking, knitting, and reading YA & sci-fi.

Likes: chocolate, spreadsheets, hot drinks of all kinds.
Dislikes: turnips, the cold and the colour yellow.

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Lou Dear

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

Shan Stephens

Shan has been training and facilitating in Scotland and all corners of Europe since 2006. They have been active in climate justice organising, autonomous spaces, tenants rights and direct action movements.  They’re also a founding member of The Class Work Project.

Shan is particularly interested in supporting groups to make decisions, develop structures and systems for effective non-hierarchical organising, and confront the ways systemic oppression is reproduced in our movements.

In their spare time they are most likely to be found cooking, reading, partaking in diy arts and cultural pursuits, lifting heavy things or climbing a wall.

Yvonne Blake

Yvonne is a second year Community Development student, co-founder of MORE (Migrants Organising for Rights and Empowerment) and a migrants rights and social justice campaigner. As a Community Historian, Yvonne leads several walking tours in Glasgow to raise awareness and educate the wider community about the statues, banks and universities in Glasgow and their connection and continued financial enrichment from the slave economy in the Caribbean.

Yvonne successfully campaigned to make sports accessible to students who are International Protection Applicants through the creation of the Asylum Seeker University of Glasgow Sports Membership Support scheme. Yvonne is passionate about experiencing life in its entirety and about serving others and her community. She enjoys nature walks, spending quality time with family and friends, cold water swimming, mountain climbing, cycling and playing jungle speed – which she is totally rubbish at.