GAD - Greenwich Association of Disabled People

Trustees

We are led by our Board of Trustees, who are a team of skilled and experienced unpaid volunteers.

They meet every six weeks and are supported by the following sub-committees: Agency, Performance and Finance.

 

 

Christine White

“My name is Christine White. I have been a member of GAD for 30 years. Over that time I have volunteered on numerous projects. I worked alongside the housing officer helping with accessibility and interviewing prospective tenants with Greenwich Council and housing associations. I have been vice chair and used the PA agency for 18 years.

I was also on the Agency Sub Committee for many years. I was also involved with the coffee morning for a period of time.

I was also a member of the 02 access panel. This involved meeting to discuss disability issues regarding the access to all facilities within the 02 building. Meetings included giving our knowledge to various members of staff, architects and project managers when needed.”

 

Jenny Hurst

I have lived in the Royal Borough of Greenwich since the early 90's and have been a trustee of GAD since the mid 90's.  My key field of interest is around Personal Assistance -I have been employing my own Personal Assistants for almost Two decades and I am currently employed as a Personal Budget Coordinator by ADKC / another London- based, user-led, disabled person's organisation where I support others to employ Personal Assistants and to get good carer and support.

I am a director of (another London-based organisation / the London Self-Directed-Support Forum) which promotes good practice in "self-directed-support" amongst professionals in the Social Care field as well as being a moderator for an on-line forum supporting Personal Assistant users. I am a member of DPAC - an organisation campaigning for rights for disabled people and have been involved primarily in the campaign to save the Independent Living Fund.

 

Sue Elsegood

Royal Borough of Greenwich resident and Sociology Graduate Sue Elsegood has served as a Trustee and Volunteer Counsellor and Trainer for GAD - CIL (Greenwich Association of Disabled People Centre for Independent Living) since 1990, including taking a turn at serving as Vice - Chair and Secretary.

Passionate about Disability Rights, Access, Inclusion and Independent Living. Sue has been a Disability Rights Activist in DAN (Disabled People's Direct Action Network) since its formation in 1992 and DPAC (Disabled People Against the Cuts) since 2010. A founding Forum Member of AATO2 (Access At The O2) since 2008 and has been a member of LAF (London Access Forum) prior to the formation of the current GLA SAP (Strategic Access Panel) in 2014. Sue represents GAD at The SAP curruntly and Inclusion London's Campaigns and Policy Forum. Sue is a member of the GAD Agency Sub - Committee & Lead Trustee on Equalities for GAD.

Recently Sue, who is a Personal Assistant employer, has been elected onto the ILA (Independent Living Alternatives) Management Committee and outside of the Disability Rights Movement Sue, when she finds the time, enjoys swimming with the Lion Swimming Club and playing Power Chair Football with the Greenwich Power Chair Football Club.

 

John Ley  

Teresa Ley 

I initially joined GAD as a volunteer many years ago before becoming a trustee. I am a qualified fitness trainer and have been supporting the GAD staff with the Into Sport project.  

 

Carl Lane - Treasurer  

Kate Brown

“I am a disabled woman with 35 years’ experience in helping to provide advocacy and support services to public and social groups; targeting both the disabled and able-bodied communities. I was involved in the start-up and continuous steering of many of these groups; and worked my way up to Chair and Vice-Chair in most of them.”

Kate’s experience includes:

  • GR1PP – Greenwich One Parent Project (GR1PP dealt with public and social issues faced by lone parents in the community, such as racism/sexism/poverty etc. ) – Chair, 6 years
  • Plumstead Law Centre – Vice Chair, 1 year (until the Centre was set up and established)
  • Greenwich Action Group on Unemployment, Woolwich – Chair, 5 years (plus active member for several years)
  • Greenwich Lesbian and Gay Centre (later known as the Metro Centre) – Co-Chair 3 years (plus member of the founding committee)
  • WIG – Women In Greenwich, Ferrier Estate – Chair, 5 years
  • GREFTA – Greenwich Federation of Tenants Association (umbrella group for all tenants associations in Greenwich) – Chair, 6 years
  • DATA - Disabled Tenants Association – Chair, 5 years
  • BBA - Bexley and Bromley Advocacy – served as an advocate and participated in workshops and courses on autism
  • Chats Palace Community Arts Centre (community creative space; theatre and music venue plus art gallery and studio) – Chair, 6 years

 

 Richard Kilmurry

“I have been in Greenwich Borough for the past 20 years and have used the GAD services for that 20 years I have done numerous volunteer work over the years and would now like to give something back to the people of Greenwich. I would be happy to do anything I can. I need to learn about disability politics. I would also like to see GAD survive and continue to be as successful as it has been in the past, once again. I would like to take that forward and see GAD more successful.”

Richard’s experience includes:

  • Training support officer with the London Gay and Lesbian switchboard – 20 years.
  • All Access Arena Forum for 6 years before it was renamed and restructured to become the London Access Forum.