Our staff and trustees have great experience and are dedicated to improving the lives of disabled people.
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 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.
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.
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.
My name is Brittany and I started with AoD on the 17th of August 2021 as the Youth Service Project Coordinator. Originally, I am from Pennsylvania in the USA.
In 2012, I received my Associates degree in Psychology from Northampton Community College and my BA is Psychology from Temple University in 2014. After university, I worked as a Behavioural Therapist working with children and young people with disabilities.
In 2017, I moved to the UK to pursue a MA in Criminology with Forensic Psychology from Kingston University. Shortly after graduation I started a job as a Youth Project Manager and Behavioural Intervention Specialist, for a non-profit charity in North London working with at-risk youth.
In my free time I like to paint and play Dungeons and Dragons.
Doreen first worked with us as a volunteer in the welfare benefits department in her spare time in 2005 whilst working as a PA for a barrister. In 2007 she was employed by AoD, HAFAD as we were then known, to set up and develop a welfare benefits advice service specifically for parents and carers of ill and disabled children up to the age of 18 in H&F. She continues to deliver this service after 13 years and leads the welfare benefit team. When not working Doreen enjoys going to the gym and spending time with her family.
My name is David and I am an Independent Living Advisor, working with the Direct Payment Support Service. I started working with AoD in the summer of 2020 and have learnt how to adapt, remotely or in the office!
In 2014, I graduated from Norwich University of the Arts with a BA (Hons) in Film Production and I also currently work as an outreach support worker for deaf people. As a deaf person myself, I feel disability rights are vitally important. I enjoy supporting others so that people with a disability can lead a comfortable lifestyle.
I love going to the cinema, theatre and spending time with family and friends.
Franklen works as an Independent Living Advisor, working with the Direct Payment Support Service.
Before bringing his children to the UK in 2021, he was a lecturer of Social Sciences in Hong Kong. Initially he was trained in social work in his country of origin, then became interested in the subject of social policy. He had been a policy researcher at a local think-tank before completing his doctoral degree in Sociology (University of Sheffield, 2012) and joining the teaching career.
Franklen loves cycling around London, and cooking for his family.
Ellen joined AoD in November 2020. Her role supports the Senior management team as well as assisting with AoD’s communications delivery and coordination for AoD’s new centre for Independent Living.
Prior to joining AoD, Ellen studied Fashion Design at Northumbria University and after graduating worked in womenswear designer roles in New York and London. More recently she has worked in recruitment and administration.
When not in work, Ellen works as a Youth Worker for AoD’s Youth Service and volunteers for Young Women’s Trust providing CV, job application and cover letter feedback for young women.
Sharon was born in Hammersmith & Fulham and has lived her whole life in the borough and is married with two children.
She became a trustee of AoD in 2019 after becoming disabled herself in 2017 with Multiple Sclerosis.
Sharon has a BA (Hons) degree from Birkbeck University in Politics and Government. Subject matters she both continues to enjoy and is motivated by, in particularly as her role as a trustee of AoD.
Prior to her diagnosis with MS, Sharon worked for nearly thirty years as a senior trade union official defending terms and conditions at work in the public, private and commercial sectors. Along with campaigning for workers rights and social justice, Sharon was elected as a Labour councillor in H&F in May 2014, a position she continues to hold now.
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.
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.
Mustafa lives locally in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Mustafa has a degree in Agriculture engineering which he completed in Iraq in 1980. In 2001, he also completed a postgraduate diploma in Computing from the University of Middlesex and more recently a Diploma In Public Service Interpreting.
Mustafa has worked as an IT teacher at Hammersmith College and as a volunteer at the Kurdish Community Centre helping disabled refugees.
In 1989, Mustafa was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and Syncope. Since 1996, he has been a member of Crohn’s & Colitis. Mustafa is an interpreter and translator and in his spare time enjoys yoga and photography.
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.
Juliana joined AOD as Trustee in 2022. She volunteered with various charities and since young and also been Chair to various schools for children with Autism over the past years. Currently, she remains the Founder of Non-Profit -Global Autism Connection House on ClubHouse Social App, providing free support and sanctuary for Neurodiversity.
Professionally, she is Director of Soleil Rouge Ltd specializing in Real Estate Development and Management.
I was born in New Zealand. In 2012 I became a wheelchair user after experiencing a spinal stroke.
From 2013 I have been involved in various significant projects to improve the lives of disabled people, in London, that have yielded some positive results. I have been a member of AOD since 2014.
As a gay man I am also a keen advocate to promote positive outcomes and representations of the LGBTQ+ community, within the wider society, as best I can and whenever possible.
At play I enjoy classic television shows, classic popular music, classic movies, classic books and football.