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

Our People

Staff

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 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!

Laura Harvey - volunteer

Laura Harvey - volunteer

Laura is a third year Sussex University student studying Childhood and Youth. She is passionate about promoting inclusion and rights within communities and has experience working with unemployed families and young people with learning disabilities. During her time at Gig Buddies she hopes to find new and innovative ways to recruit new volunteers and reach out to new participants, as well as respond to issues raised at the Storm and Thunder advisory group.

Madeline Denny - Gig Buddies Project Co-ordinator

Madeline Denny - Gig Buddies Project Co-ordinator

Madeline is the Manager of Stay Up Late’s Gig Buddies project. 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. She loves projects that create purposeful friendship and in the past she’s volunteered as a befriender for the Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group, visiting people in immigration detention. Madeline is interested in any innovative ways to promote social inclusion.

Paul Richards - Director

Paul Richards - Director

Paul is the Operational Director for Stay Up Late (in a part-time role) and one of the co-founders of the charity (being the bass player in the band ‘Heavy Load’).
Hi is also the Co-Production Adviser for Think Local Act Personal, a national partnership transforming health and social care.
Previous to this he was the Involvement Manager at not-for-profits organisation Southdown Housing Association where we led on the development of the Q-Kit Quality Testing Tool and developed a whole range of ways to enable people who use services to be meaningfully involved in the delivery of them (as well as the running of the organisation). Paul is passionate about reducing social isolation and inequalities. He is also a dad, and has quite nerdish tendancies around local history and music.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 run 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

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