Promoting the right for people with learning disabilities to have a choice about how they live their lives

Our People

Staff

Kate Ogden

Kate Ogden

Kate is the project assistant for Gig Buddies. She is also very proud to have worked for extratime since 2006 who provide inclusive out of school care to children with & without learning disabilities and will continue there as a part-time project co-ordinator. Kate has worked as a personal assistant for young people with complex needs & rocked out with one of them at the stay up late launch night, so as a born & bred Brightonian is excited to be part of the team & continue the stay up late campaign!

Madeline Denny

Madeline Denny

Manager of Stay Up Late’s Gig Buddies project. She also volunteers to provide support and advocacy for people in immigration detention. In the past she has been a Personal Assistant for different people with disabilities, worked with young people on inclusive film and arts projects and written online educational materials about HIV and AIDS. Interested in any innovative ways to promote social inclusion!

Paul Richards

Paul Richards

Paul is the Involvement Manager for Southdown Housing Association, a not-for-profits supported housing provider in Sussex, and is the Co-Production Adviser for Think Local Act Personal. Paul was bass player with Heavy Load (and band manager) and a founder of Stay Up late. Paul is also a co-creator of The Q-Kit Quality Testing Tool and passionate about reducing social isolation and inequalities. He is also a dad, and has quite nerdish tendancies around local history and music.

Trustees

Alice Fox

Alice Fox

Lecturer in Inclusive Arts at Brighton University. She coordinates The Rockets artists group, a collaborative collective of artists with and without learning disabilities, and is involved with a wide range of community organisations in the South East.

Daniel Sawyer - Treasurer

Daniel is a Chartered Accountant who currently works for Technetix Group Limited as the Group Commercial Accountant. He has over 10 years experience in accounting working mainly with SME but some larger organisations such as The Body Shop International.

Gus Garside

Gus Garside

Since leaving his role as national arts development manager for Mencap (1999-2013) to work freelance, Gus has undertaken work with Sage Gateshead (training/organisational development), Mencap (arts consultant), Birmingham Royal Ballet (researcher/evaluation), Inclusion Europe (presenter/facilitator), Creative Minds (project management/facilitation) , Corali Dance Company (researcher), Disability Arts Online (researcher/writer) and Bloomin’ Arts Theatre Company (research/organisational development).

Jerry Rothwell

Jerry Rothwell

Award winning documentary filmmaker whose films include  Heavy Load, which featured the birth of Stay Up Late. Jerry’s previous work has included many films about learning disability issues, often made in collaboration with service users, around topics such as housing, self-advocacy, life stories, support, direct payments, learning disability history and mental health. Jerry previously worked around media advocacy for people with learning disabilities for the charity Mental Health Media, and is chair of youth media charity Hi8us South.

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts

Julia has a background of varied experience as an actor, singer and director, television production manager, arts manager and Mum! Since being in Brighton, Julia has worked as a Creative Agent for Creative Partnerships Sussex and Surrey and Live Arts Creative Producer for Carousel. Alongside several other projects, Julia is currently managing the Arts Connect programme in East Sussex, funded by East Sussex County Council, working creatively with learning disabled adults and professional artists.

Max St John

Max St John

Max helps businesses, non-profit and community organisations create more collaborative, connected and purposeful ways of working. By day he does this as a consultant at NixonMcInnes and in his spare time through supporting and advising social innovation projects like CityCamp Brighton and the Brightoneers. All that said, as a dad of a lovely toddler, the idea of spare time feels like a bit of a laugh. If you give him a soapbox, he’ll stand on it and talk very, very enthusiastically about how we need to help people create positive change.

Neil Holmes - Chair

Neil Holmes - Chair

Neil is passionate about social enterprise and is involved in developing and running a number of social enterprises in Brighton. He is the chair of two Brighton based charities, alongside being a trustee of two other local charities. Neil offer’s business advice and coaching within the community and voluntary sector, and he also run’s a private counselling and supervision practice. He has many years experience in the areas of Mental Health and Learning Disability services, and he is passionate about
campaigning for great equality and justice in these fields.

Rev Brian Ralph

Rev Brian Ralph

Vicar of St Barnabas, Bethnal Green and chaplain to Raines Foundation school. An Anglican priest who has been working in the East End of London for nearly 20 years. Has been a trustee for the Kipper Project, serving homeless young people in East London, and a founder member of the U-Turn Project which works with street sex workers and vulnerable women. Has also chaired Unleash (church action on homelessness)

Simon Hughes

Simon Hughes

Simon started work in mental heath charities remodelling services. He moved on to housing and other services for vulnerable people, with brief forays into Government to advise on policy and implementing changes to demand led service provision. He has been a Non-Executive Director in IT, as well as holding positions on the board of social landlords and digital companies.

Simon is a regular speaker and facilitator at national, regional and local events. He has appeared on national, local news and phone-ins . He is actively involved in digital media and has delivered training and talks on its use in delivering, and involving people in, public services. He is passionate about helping people engage with and build their own capacity to shape change.

Teresa Moon

Teresa Moon

A training and development consultant for East Sussex County Council with specialism in children’s social care. Teresa has worked with both children and adults with learning disabilities in social care environments. Teresa has a personal interest in promoting social inclusion for people with learning disabilities

Tina Poyzer

Tina Poyzer

Programme Director of Map Squad in East London and a founder of Bubble Club, an events business based in Tower Hamlets which is ran by adults with learning disabilities. Tina’s earlier background is in performance theatre and training.

Tony Bamforth

Tony Bamforth

Chief Executive Officer of services for Elfrida, a charity supporting people with learning disabilities, and trustee of Community Living magazine

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