Trustees and staff

Our staff and trustees have great experience and are dedicated to improving the lives of disabled people.

Trustees

Victoria Brignell

Chair

Victoria is a BBC radio producer and has been a trustee of Action on Disability since 2013.

Victoria studied at Cambridge University, is also a trustee of Magpie Dance, and the Chair of our local Amnesty International Group. She is a tetraplegic wheelchair user and lives in Hammersmith and Fulham.

In 2013 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Anglia Ruskin University for being a “disability champion” and in 2019 she was made an Honorary Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge. 

David Isaac

Vice Chair

David has been a trustee since 2018, becoming Vice Chair in 2019.

David has a degree in engineering, which has taken him around the globe for work. He retrained as a graphic designer in the nineties, enjoying many years within the industry, until he lost his sight in 2012.

David has great involvement in the work Hammersmith and Fulham Council do to improve life for the borough’s disabled residents.

Since receiving his guide dog, Scooby, he has actively supported Guide Dogs for the Blind, as a Speaker and Fundraising Coordinator for the Hammersmith and Fulham area.

Peter Harden

Treasurer

Peter first made contact with AoD via his son Tim, who is Autistic and has attended AoD’s youth service for many years. 

Peter studied Natural Sciences and Law at Cambridge, before setting out in banking. In 1991 Peter founded Harden’s, the UK’s most authoritative restaurant review guide. 

He brings 30 years of hands-on business, financial and marketing experience to the team of trustees. 

Kate Betteridge

Trustee

Kate lives and works in Hammersmith and Fulham, and became a trustee in 2017.

Her professional background is in the development of information to support people with long-term conditions to make informed decisions about their lives.

She has lived with rheumatoid arthritis since she was 13 years old. It severely limits her mobility and causes constant pain. 

Kate is an advisory group member of the Patient Information Forum and is a member of Hammersmith and Fulham’s Disabled Residents’ Team. 

Michael Gannon

Trustee

Michael was born in Hammersmith & Fulham and has lived in the borough for most of his life.

Before retiring in 2016 he worked as a trade journalist, specialising in the built environment and transport issues.

Michael was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at 11 years old, a condition that has spread from his feet to knees, hands and shoulders. 

Since retiring Michael has had a selection of short stories published on Kindle/Amazon, and is currently finishing a novel.

Gabriella Zepf

Trustee

Gabriella is Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Big Yellow and has been a trustee since 2014. She has lived in Hammersmith and Fulham for 30 years.

Gabriella first learnt about AoD through the Youth Service, as her son is Autistic and has profound learning difficulties.

She became a trustee because she decided she wanted to give something back to this organisation which supports so many disabled people and their families. 

Patrick McVeigh

Trustee

Patrick became a trustee in 2012 after his  daughter, who has Down’s Syndrome and is Autistic, accessed our Youth Service.

Patrick became Vice Chair in 2016 and is also a trustee of Healthwatch. 

He spent 35 years in the financial technology industry and lives in Hammersmith and Fulham.

Staff

David Buxton

Chief Executive  

David joined us as CEO in March 2017. He has over 25 years of senior management experience, coming to us from the British Deaf Assocation, where he was CEO for five years.

David was born Deaf and uses British Sign Language (BSL) as his first language.

David was the first-ever Deaf BSL-user to be elected Borough Councillor and stand for Parliament (twice!). 

He has an MBA from the Open University and co-founded the Liberal Democrat Disability Association

John MacNeely

Youth & Community Services Manager

John first started volunteering with us back in the 90s, when he was a student.  

After he graduated he came to work with us as a Youth Worker.  Over the years he has worked his way up and is now Youth and Community Services Manager, overseeing Youth, Advocacy and Welfare Benefits. 

John supports Queens Park Rangers, our local football team, and is currently learning Italian.

Muna Ali

Employment Service Manager

Muna Ali has been at AoD since April 2019 and manages the Employment Service.

She has previous experience of running an in-work support service and is particularly knowledgeable around Access to Work.

Muna was born in Norway and moved to London aged 9. She has two law degrees and speaks 5 languages – Norwegian, Somali, English, Swedish and Danish.

Tamara Stuiver

Youth Progression and Project Coordinator

Tamara has worked with us since 2012, when she was a student at the University of Greenwich, studying Youth and Community Work. For her dissertation she did research with AoD’s young people on how they viewed themselves as disabled people. Tamara gained a 1st BA (Hons) degree, and her work helped us shape our Youth Service. 

After completing her masters in Anthropology of Childhood – Youth and Education – Tamara started working with us full-time. She coordinates our term-time and holiday projects, plus the Duke of Edinburgh award. She is involved in progression pathways and oversees our youth board.

Lisa Monzon

Youth Service Inclusion Coordinator

Lisa is our Youth Inclusion Coordinator and has been with us since 2013. She combines her passion for being creative and working with young people by co-creating various projects involving drama, dance, music, puppetry, photography and visual art.

Lisa’s background is in the voluntary sector, education, international development and the arts. She has over 20 years of experience of working with young people around the world. Lisa has an MA from Goldsmiths in Applied Theatre: Drama in Educational, Community and Social Contexts.

Outside of work Lisa enjoys swimming, salsa dancing, meditation, going for walks in the countryside and cooking and eating Italian food.

Yetundea Adisa

Advocacy Officer

Yetundea has been an Advocate here for five years. She supports disabled people to ensure that their voices are heard and that they are treated with respect.

Yetundea has always been an advocate for social justice. She has previously worked as a Community Support Worker and has a degree in Social Work from the University of East London.

In her spare time Yetundea loves to read, travel and challenge herself in every area in her life.

Kirsty Cox

Direct Payments Project Lead

Kirsty leads on the Direct Payment Support Service, a project delivered in partnership with Ruils. Kirsty has been with Ruils in various roles since 2016, and began the partnership work with AoD in December 2019.

Kirsty graduated from St Mary’s University Twickenham in 2016 with a joint BA (Hons) in Education and Social Science with English. Prior to working at Ruils, Kirsty worked for The Challenge Network, supporting young people on the National Citizens Service (NCS).

In her spare time, Kirsty volunteers for a small conservation organisation, takes the family dog for walks, and goes to gigs and festivals. She also shares caring responsibilities of her grandmother with her mum.

Roberta Lulli

Employment Service Project Coordinator

Roberta has been with AoD since July 2019, focusing on improving support for young people after they graduate from supported internships. This involves working closely with employers and providing in-work support for former interns.

 She moved to the UK from Italy five years ago, having worked across charities and with the Italian government on a range of diversity and inclusion projects. She has worked with Roma women, LGBTQ communities and projects tackling Islamophobia. In London, Roberta has been working in charity fundraising and developing her communications and digital media expertise.

Roberta loves cycling, yoga and photography. She is passionate about women’ rights – currently researching the impact of online Islamophobia on Muslim women.

Louisa Noel

Supported Employment Coordinator

Louisa previously worked at Hounslow Council, where she was a mentor for young disabled people on a supported internship for two years.

 She joined AoD in April 2018, becoming the Supported Employment Coordinator on the same internship at Hounslow. Later that year she transferred to our internship site at Hammersmith and Fulham Council, where she job coaches young people on a range of placements. She is also responsible for working with the young people to seek paid employment once they graduate.

Feroz Khan

Finance Assistant

Feroz became our Finance Assistant in July 2018, coming from customer service-based roles within the retail sector. At AoD, he looks after financial functions of the organisation, working closely with senior management.

In his spare time Feroz enjoys trying new foods.

Valentina Garbarino

Office Administrator

Valentina is our Office Administrator and has been with AoD since September 2019. She graduated in Business and came to us after working with children in a school.

Valentina is a Reiki practitioner in her spare time. She loves meditating and being in nature when she can.

 

Irim Khan

Cleaner

Irim has been AoD’s cleaner since November 2019. She graduated from her supported internship at Kensington and Chelsea Council in July 2019. She did placements in the Post and Print Room and as an Office Assistant.

Irim loves McDonald’s, chocolate, shopping and going to the cinema. She is deaf and has learning difficulties.

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