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

Our People

Staff

Harri Oliver - Project Assistant

Harri Oliver - Project Assistant

Harri is the project assistant at Gig Buddies. She works mainly in East Sussex and aims to help all those who want to to Stay Up Late! She has previously provided one to one support for people with physical and learning disabilities. Harri studied Politics and Social Policy at Brighton University and is proud to be working for the Gig Buddies team and living in Sussex.

Victoria Smith - Quality Checker

Victoria Smith - Quality Checker

Victoria is a Quality Checker for Stay up Late, I help people with disabilities and talk to them, I have experience of working with Aldingbourne Trust working as an Ambassador. I have also studied at Chichester College for four years and I did IT level 1 and I did art and design level 1 also got entry 3 in English and Entry 2 in Maths. I have lived in supported living for three years now and I’ve loved it. I like to support people with learning disabilities and hope I can help.

Holly Bell - Administrator

Holly Bell - Administrator

Holly is the administrator for Stay Up Late, dealing with the day to day running of the charity and our Gig Buddies project.
She also runs her own business providing maths and English tuition for children from 4 – 16 year olds, as well as volunteering at a local animal shelter. Holly previously worked for the Travel Buddy Project at Grace Eyre, supporting adults with learning disabilities to travel safely in Brighton when using public transport.

Kate Ogden - Gig Buddies Project Worker

Kate Ogden - Gig Buddies Project Worker

Kate is the Project Manager for Gig Buddies. Kate has worked in the charity sector and as a personal assistant for young people with complex needs for 10 years & 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!

Paul Richards - Director

Paul Richards - Director

Paul is the Director of Stay Up Late and one of the co-founders of the charity (having been the bass player in the punk band ‘Heavy Load’). He was also the National Co-Production Adviser for Think Local Act Personal. He has also worked for Southdown Housing Association as their Involvement Manager where he also helped develop their Q-Kit Quality Testing Tool. Before that he managed a group home for 4 adults with learning disabilities. He is married with 4 children, and has quite nerdish tendencies around local history and probably spends way too much money on buying records.

Trustees

Daniel Randall-Nason

Daniel Randall-Nason

Hello my name is Daniel Randall-Nason I have been a gig buddy for 2 years I have been to lots of places like the Hastings beer and music festival, karaoke and music gigs my favourite band is Dory the Wise.
I have worked in the mind charity shop in Bexhill for over two years on the till as a cashier.
I am a member of the Storm and Thunder Team

Daniel Sawyer - Treasurer

Daniel Sawyer - Treasurer

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

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.

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.

Phil Perkins

Phil Perkins

Heads-up the experts by experience programme for Choice Support, supporting experts by experience with learning disabilities to undertake inspections with the Care Quality Commission. Previously the events organiser for Pavilion staging the annual Learning Disability Today national conferences and other events around learning disability and social care.
Phil is a musician and plays guitar, bass and violin.

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.

Tony Bamforth

Tony Bamforth

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

Storm and Thunder Team

Berhana Wells

Berhana Wells

I am an office volunteer for Stay Up Late and Gig Buddies. I am a gig buddy myself. I have a lot of experience with children and because I have a lot of adopted brothers and sisters. I have a play work qualification. I am the singer in my band Delta.

Bernie Wood

Bernie Wood

I like dressing up to look like Elton john and some of my friends call me Bernie Elton. I like going to the Poison Ivy and Bulldog bars.

I volunteer at Revamp Fancy Dress Shop and I like being a gig and meeting new people.

I go to meeting with Storm & Thunder & Speak out and I also go to a singing group called Sing Out.
I have a parrot called Polly.

Chris Rider

Chris Rider

I am a white British male who is 32 years old and likes to be the joker sometimes. I have been volunteering in the office of Stay Up Late since 2014.

I update the database, do the post run, call participants and evaluate with them and I do admin work and I am also part of The Storm and Thunder Team.

I have lots of different pets that live with me which are 4 baby tortoises, 2 tree frogs, 2 lovebirds, 2 parrots, 3 tarantulas, 2 bearded dragons, 1 crested gecko and 4 dogs

Claire Offley

Claire Offley

I like going to rehearsals on Monday nights for my band, Beat Express, I play keyboards and sing. Sometimes we have gigs and play at the Rock House.

I’ve played in Dublin. We’ve been together for a long time. I have a voluntary job on Monday too with older people, I make teas and coffees for them.
I also have a voluntary job on Thursdays with the Pumpkin Patch, looking after children.

David Briggs

David Briggs

I am a drummer in a band called Zombie Crash and play bass for carousel singers. I am a participant of gig buddies and was the very first gig buddy when it first started.

Jamie Craig

Jamie Craig

I’m a nice guy and I am 34 years old. I don’t smoke or drink and I like seeing storms, going bowling on Monday nights and also I am a DJ.
I am a member of the Storm and Thunder Team and helped inspire the name and I hope to work with Stay up Late in the future

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