Meet the Pop'n'Olly Team

Olly Pike
Olly Pike

Olly Pike

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Director and CEU (Chief Executive Unicorn)

Olly Pike is the creator of Pop'n'Olly Ltd. He writes the stories, draws the pictures, animates the videos and even stars in them! Using skills learnt from his theatrical, and children’s television, background Olly creates inclusive content that is fun and informative.

 

Olly is a regular LGBT+ education panellist and media guest and his work has been highly praised and shared amongst the LGBT+ and inclusive education community. Countless schools, charities, organisations and companies regularly use Olly's content as part of their LGBT+ inclusive practice.

 

Having been short-listed for a ‘National Diversity’ and a 'Gay Times Honours’ award, Olly has also spoken in Parliament and London City Hall and has showcased his work at events such as 'The Children's Media Conference', 'Stonewall‘s Education For All Conference' and 'The NEU LGBT+ Educators Conference’.

 

In 2020 Olly made the UK‘s Pride Power List and in 2021 Olly was awarded an Attitude Pride Award.

 

Olly has also created content for CBeebies, Tate Kids, Hopster TV and collaborated with UK charities Stonewall and Mermaids.

 

To date, Olly has distributed over 20,000 copies of his LGBT+ and equality inclusive books to children, parents and teachers around the world and the Pop’n’Olly YouTube channel continues to receive millions of views.

Jack Lynch

Jack Lynch

Jack is the marketing maestro here at Pop'n'Olly, making sure we can get our work out to the right people. 

Jack is a Strength and Conditioning coach by trade working with youth populations to improve their physical literacy. He is passionate about creating a better future for our young people and believes that the root of dispelling prejudice is with education. 

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Marketing, Sales and Socials

Mel Lane

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Mel Lane

Head of Education

Mel has been a primary school teacher for nearly 30 years and worked in schools on LGBTQ+ Inclusion with thousands of children and hundreds of teachers. 

"My biggest aim is to help children feel good about who they are and who they love. I like to think of us all being part of a huge team, all working in our own way to make things better for children around the world. Slowly and surely we are making things better." 

Mel is a co-author of Pop'n'Olly's book What Does LGBT+ Mean?

Learn more about Mel's inclusive education at diversitymel.com.

James Canning

James Canning

James is a university student passionate about maths and physics.

He works alongside his mother (Mel) and Dorset's LGBT+ youth charity Space Youth Project, to deliver staff training and workshops in schools for students aged 4 - 18.

James is a co-author of Pop'n'Olly's book What Does LGBT+ Mean?

Education Consultant & Advisor

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Pop Pop'n'Olly

Pop

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Chief Executive Balloon

Pop is the friendly, blue balloon sidekick to Olly. Or maybe Olly is the sidekick to Pop? Either way they both star in a number of videos on their awesome YouTube channel.

Pop is fun and silly but he also likes to learn about all the amazing and different people in our world. Sometimes Olly teaches Pop and sometimes Pop teaches Olly because everyone knows something you don't!