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Helen Goodson

Co Chair of Trustees

Helen's Bio

Helen has supported the LGBTQ community for many years being involved with various groups over the years. She became a trustee of the rainbow project after seeing the lack of support for the community within South Yorkshire. She fights tirelessly locally and nationally for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community on both a personal and professional level. Helen is a fountain of Knowledge!! she is always willing to share her knowledge and experience with others.


Nichola Goodson


Nichola's Bio

Nichola is one of the founding trustees of The Rainbow Project, getting involved because she wanted to make a difference to the lives of the LGBTQ+ community. Nichola is passionate about supporting others not only through here work with TRP but also professionally as a teacher. Loving everything crafty, especially if it involves glitter, she is often the practical support behind many of the large projects dreamt up by Helen.


Tony Swindells

Co Chair of Trustees

Tony's Bio

Tony is originally from Murton a small mining village in the North-East of England.  He has been with Michael since February 1998.  They has two Bedlington Terriers that he enjoys walking.  Tony loves books, film, theatre, and nails!  Tony was a civil servant until recently and spends his time supporting the LGBTQ+ community and The Rainbow Project (Rotherham). 


Michael Swindells


Michael is a meant to be retired boring finance bod who likes to poke bigoted people with a stick. In his spare time he writes LGBTQ fiction and is currently applying to undertake a PhD in creative writing. He also eats way too many wine gums.

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Jamie Campbell


Jamie Campbell grew up in Toronto, the tiny village just outside of Bishop Auckland. When he was younger he was bullied for his effeminate nature and love of dressing up as fairies and princesses. No matter how difficult it got he didn’t let the bullies get the better of him, and in the end certainly ended up having the last laugh.

In 2011 he was subject to the BBC documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16. The documentary followed Jamie as he discovered his alter-ego Fifi la True and eventually unveiled her at his end of school prom.
The documentary has now been turned in to a hit West end musical Everybody’s Talking about Jamie. Also, soon to be hitting the big screen of the film world.
Jamie fell in love with Sheffield and moved to live in Sheffield in 2020. Where he is now permanently based and wants to give back to the community who have supported him since the musical was born in Sheffield in 2017.

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Claire Bradwell

Community Project Lead

Claire grew up in an incredibly open household where acceptance and love for everyone was a key part of her up bringing. She always knew she wanted a career based on these values. For the past 10 years+ Claire has been working within the information, advice and guidance sector working with some of the most vulnerable in society. Claire has a vast knowledge and experience of helping people navigate the systems that are barrier for achieving their life goals. Take a look at "First step on a long journey - The day Claire didn't think of the emotional impact on her!!" on our blog page that was written by Claire.


Lesley Palmer


Lesley is a Yorkshire born & bred lass. The LGBTQ+ community has always been close to her heart and joined the rainbow project to make the positive difference that she can. Cuppa in one hand, crochet in the other, arms open to welcome those into TRP.

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