Meet The Board
Our Board Of Trustees direct and steer our organisation. Find out more about them here.
'I acquired my disability as a result of service in the Royal Air Force, resulting in medical discharge and multiple battles with DWP, MoD & NHS over the subsequent 30 year period, with the latest being related to having to give up work last year. I’m a powered wheelchair user as a result of spinal injuries. I felt that I had only been as successful in continuing to work, complete a MBA in 2016 and progress my career because I’ve been fortunate to have had the help of really good people along the way.
It’s a matter of sheer luck and I wanted to give back, to help Equal Lives help other disabled people to be as ‘lucky’ as me and the best way to do that was to use my years of management experience and qualifications and be a trustee'.
'As someone who gets support from both health and social, I became a trustee as I wanted to share my experience with others with the aim of improving the well-being of others like me'.
'By being a part of Equal Lives, I hope to contribute to its mission to support people to live the life they choose by breaking down disabling barriers imposed by society. Using my experience in building relationships with stakeholders and my training and qualifications in management, I am optimistic that I can contribute to the work at Equal Lives whilst gaining valuable experience that would be beneficial to society'.
'I was born and grew up in the United States, taught at a Canadian university, came to England for a year to do some academic research and have stayed for half a century. I needed a new career in this new country, and I found one as a minister in the Unitarian Church, an open-minded church with a strong sense of social responsibility.
I was born with severely impaired eyesight and then lost all my remaining vision suddenly in an accident early last year. Nevertheless, I’ve led an adventurous and rewarding life by anyone’s standards. I don’t think I realized how lucky I was to keep finding the right people to help me deal with my disability so that I could go on to use my abilities.'
'Equal Lives is a compassionate and dedicated charity that aligns strongly with my own views. I am passionate about ensuring that the disabled community is seen and heard in the way it wishes to be, nothing about us without us. I am an advocate of the social model of disability and am ardent about expanding the view of disability, more needs to be done to showcase invisible disabilities in society, empathy and compassion should be the default not the exception.
As a trustee I bring to the table, almost a decade of experience in the legal profession, some experience of HR and local government, as well as social care and the National Health Service'.