AoD wouldn’t be able to advance it’s causes without our dedicated staff and volunteers. We are led by a board of trustees and senior management whose commitment to disabled peoples’ rights makes us an integral part of the community.
Victoria is a tetraplegic wheelchair user and has been a trustee of Action on Disability since 2013. She graduated from Cambridge University in 1997 and now works full-time as a radio producer. In addition to her role at AoD, she is a trustee of Magpie Dance, which provides dance opportunities for people with learning difficulties, a Commissioner on Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s Arts Commission, and Chair of Hammersmith and Fulham Amnesty International group. Previously she was a Commissioner on Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s Disabled People’s Commission. In autumn 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.
Michael Gannon was born in Hammersmith & Fulham and has lived in the borough for most of his life. He was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at 11 years old, a condition that has spread from his feet to knees, hands and shoulders. Up until his retirement in 2016 he worked as a trade journalist, predominately specialising in the built environment and transport issues. He was a member of the Hammersmith & Fulham’s groundbreaking Disabled People’s Commission (DPC) and until an illness towards the end of last year, worked on the refurbishment of the Town Hall in King Street with other former commissioners. Since he retired Michael has had a selection of short stories published on Kindle/Amazon and is currently finishing a novel.
Patrick McVeigh Title: Vice Chair Bio: Patrick McVeigh came into contact with Action on Disability via his daughter who has Down’s syndrome and autism. Patrick became a trustee in 2012 and vice chair in 2016. He is also a trustee of
Peter first made contact with AoD via his son Tim who is autistic and had attended AoD’s youth service for many years. Peter knows first hand what a positive force this confidence building and enjoyable area of AoD’s work can be for its participants. Peter studied Natural Sciences and law at Trinity College Cambridge, before setting out in banking. He worked in New York for three years, first attending the JP Morgan training programme before working as a securities analyst for the Saudi International Bank (since 2000 part of the Gulf International Bank). In 1991, Peter left banking to start his own publishing business, Harden’s, the UK’s most authoritative restaurant review guide and curators of Harden’s London Restaurant Awards. Since 2011, he has also been Managing Director of York Press Limited, publishers of the much-loved York Notes English Literature guides. He brings 30 years of very hands-on business, financial and marketing experience to the team of trustees
Kate’s has lived with rheumatoid arthritis since she was 13 years old. It severely limits her mobility and causes constant pain. She has lived in Hammersmith since 2002 and also works in the borough. Her professional background is in the development of information to support people with long-term conditions to make informed decisions about health and lifestyle choices. Kate is an advisory group member of the Patient Information Forum and is a member of Hammersmith and Fulham’s Disabled Residents’ Team. Previously she was a Commissioner on Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s Disabled People’s Commission. She has been an AOD trustee since 2017.
Gabriella Zepf is the mother of Larbi, a young man with autism and severe learning disabilities. She has lived in Hammersmith & Fulham for nearly 30 years and has gotten to know AOD through the Youth Service. Although Larbi wasn’t able to access the service, she has loved and wanted to support AOD ever since. With her son attending was residential college in 2014, she decided she wanted to give something back to this wonderful organisation who supports so many disabled people and their families. She currently works full time as Head of CSR for Big Yellow.
David Buxton was born Deaf and uses British Sign Language (BSL) as his first and preferred language. He joined AoD as the CEO in March 2017 after working as the CEO at the British Deaf Association for 5 years and has over 25 years of senior management experience. This included working as a Senior Commissioning Manager for Disabilities for 5 years at the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. He was the first ever Deaf BSL using elected Borough Councillor in the UK and stood for Parliament twice as Britain’s first ever Deaf BSL using candidate. He obtained a MBA at the Open University and co-founded the Liberal Democrat Disability Association.
Youth & Community Services Manager
While John was a student back in the 90’s he was approached to engage in some voluntary work with the youth service at AoD (then known as HAFAD). While it wasn’t intended as a career path, once he graduated, he did come back to AoD and started working for the youth service as a general assistant and then as a youth worker. During this time John also worked with H&F Mencap, Parents Active and Speak out in Hounslow. John commenced full time employment with AoD in February 2002 and has coordinated all elements of our Youth Service delivery. In 2010 he became the youth service manager and in early 2019 became the Youth & Community Services Manager, overseeing our Youth, Advocacy, Welfare Benefits and Independent Living Service.
Employment Service Manager
Anna Storm is head of our Employment Service. She is responsible for management and development of services. Anna has 15 years of experience working with disabled people, having previously worked with local authorities and the civil service. She was born deaf and is fluent in BSL. Anna lives is West London and is an avid QPR supporter.
Employment Service Assistant Manager
Muna Ali is the Employment Service Assistant Manager. She started at Action on Disability in April 2019, but has worked collaboratively with the Employment team for over 3 years. Her role at AoD is to oversee our Supported Internship Sites. The team has developed an In Work Support Service for disabled people to ensure they receive the right support until they retire. Before AoD, Muna was an Access to Work Coordinator at Generate for 3 and a half years. Her role was to recruit, coordinate and supervise Employment Support Workers and job coaches. She also provided assistance with Access to Work applications and appeals.
Youth Progression and Project Coordinator
Tamara Stuiver is the Youth Progression and Project Coordinator at Action on Disability. She has worked with the organisation since 2012. Tamara’s time with the Youth Service started when she was a student at The University of Greenwich studying Youth and Community Work. She conducted her research dissertation with us, which explored how AoD’s young disabled people viewed disability and how they placed themselves within that paradigm. Tamara gained a 1st BA (Hons) degree based on a piece of work which not only shaped her career path, but also impacted the way in AoD delivers it’s Youth Service. After completing her masters in Anthropology of Childhood – Youth and Education, Tamara started working with us full time. Her role is to coordinate our holiday projects, term time groups and progression pathways with young disabled people. She works closely with young people aged 16+ and encourages their development through volunteering opportunities and the DofE Awards Scheme. Where appropriate, she offers advice, information and guidance, including signposting and referral opportunities. Tamara is also responsible for the development and implementation of our youth board.
Yetundea Adisa is an Advocacy Officer with Action on Disability. She supports vulnerable people by making sure that their voices are heard and that they are treated with respect. Her work ensures that individuals are informed of their rights allowing them to make informed decisions that impact their wellbeing. Yetunde has always been an advocate for social justice. Before AoD, she worked as a Community Support Worker in Enfield. Yetundea graduated from the University of East London with a BSc (Hons) in Social Work.