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. 

Patrick McVeigh

Vice Chair

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.

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. 

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 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

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.

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