Staff and Trustees

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

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.

Employment Services

Louisa Noel

Employment Development & Access Support Project Lead

Louisa was a mentor for the Action on Disability Supported Internship in Hounslow from 2016-2018 in her previous role, wanting to explore her passion for the social model of disability Louisa ended her role within libraries and took on the role of Supported Employment Coordinator with Action on Disability. Since then Louisa has been Supported Employment Team Lead, overseeing 2 Supported Internships, to most recently in November 2023 taking on the role of Project Lead- Employment Development and Access Support where she manages In Work Support staff for clients in paid employment receiving Access to Work funding, ensuring that reasonable adjustments are being made in the workplace.

Louisa also manages the Follow up and support Coordinator, who supports AOD graduates into paid employment and the Employment Liaison and Marketing Coordinator

Rabiatu Kuyateh

Supported Internships Project Lead

Rabiatu works as a Supported Employment Coordinator.

Wendy Nicholson

Supported Employment Coordinator

Wendy works as a Supported Employment Coordinator

Charlie Spear

Supported Employment Coordinator

Charlie works as a Supported Employment Coordinator

Neil Taylor

Supported Employment Coordinator

Neil works as a Supported Employment Coordinator


Anika Hussain

Supported Employment Coordinator

Anika works as a Supported Employment Coordinator

Employment Services

Our Place Project

Our Voice Project

James Townsend

Follow on Support Coordinator

James works within our Employment Service as a Follow on Support Coordinator supporting graduates from AoD’s supported internship to find work


Terry King

Our Place Project Lead

Terry works as a Project Lead for the Our Place Project


Nikos Tzenas

Our Voice Project Lead

Nikos works as a Project Lead for Disability Equality and Coproduction. 

 

Nikos runs the Coproduction training courses at AoD to local Disabled People who live, work, study or volunteer in the borough. 

Youth Services

Tamara Stuiver

Youth Service Team Leader

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.

Brittany Granda

Youth Service Project Coordinator

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.

Sam Thompson

Youth Service Project Coordinator

Sam works for the Youth Service and joined in 2023. 

Welfare Benefit Services

Doreen Hilton

Welfare Benefits Team Leader

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.

Sami Basha

Welfare Benefits Advisor - Adults

Sami works as a Welfare Benefits Advisor for Adults

Direct Payment Support Services


David Deacon

Direct Payment Support Service Project Lead

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 Choi

Independent Living Advisor

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.

Hope Adams

Independent Living Advisor

Hope works as an Independent Living Advisor

Office Services

Ellen Burney

Centre Coordinator

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.

Veronique Muhammad

Finance and Administration Officer

Trustees

Sharon Holder

Chair

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 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. 

Patrick McVeigh

Co-opted Advisor

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 Karim

Trustee

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 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.

Donna Fenner

Trustee

Juliana Lee Dubuisson

Trustee

Juliana joined AOD as Trustee in 2022. She volunteered with various charities and since young and also been Chair to various School Charities for children with Autism over the past years.

Currently, she remains as LadyJules, 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 Services Ltd specialising in Eco-Living Real Estate Development and Management. 

Gregory Patton

Trustee

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. 

Naomi Key-Field

Trustee

Naomi has been a resident and worker in Hammersmith & Fulham for over 20 years.  She and her three children are neurodiverse members of the community. They have been grateful to draw upon many of the support services that AoD offers to Borough families with additional needs.

 

Naomi’s academic background in Anthropology (BSc UCL) and Social Psychology (MSc LSE) underpins her lifelong interest in people and cultures around the world.  Currently working in Media research, Naomi is passionate about communications concerning people and organisations that aim to inform, educate and/ or entertain.

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