Our Board of Trustees
All of our trustees are local people. As a user led organisation the majority of trustees are disabled people (75%).
Victoria is a tetraplegic wheelchair user and has been a trustee of Action on Disability since August 2013. She graduated from Cambridge University in 1997 and now works full-time as a radio producer. Victoria believes strongly that every disabled person should be able to live independently and have the chance to contribute fully to their community. In addition to her role at AoD, she is a member of Hammersmith & Fulham Council's Disabled People's Commission, a patron of the Friends of Sunera Foundation, an ambassador for CBM UK and secretary of Hammersmith and Fulham Amnesty International group. Previously she was a member of the Customer Services Committee of Catalyst Housing Ltd, a large housing association and a governor of a primary school in West London. In autumn 2013 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Anglia Ruskin University for being a “disability champion”.
- Patrick McVeigh – Co-Vice Chair:
Patrick first came into contact with Action on Disability via the Youth Schemes, which were greatly appreciated by his daughter who has Down’s syndrome and autism. Patrick became a trustee and was appointed to the role of chair in November 2013. Patrick is passionate about securing the best possible outcome for disabled people and their families. Patrick has spent over 35 years working in the IT industry with 20 years at Reuters including time in Singapore. He brings valuable experience and insight into corporate governance and compliance gained as a global marketing director reporting into main board executives at Reuters.
- Peter Harden: Co Treasurer
Peter first made contact with AoD via his son Tim who is autistic and has attended AoD's youth service for many years, so Peter knows first hand what a positive force this confidence building and enjoyable area of AoD's work can be for its participants.
Peter studied law, set out in banking, started his own publishing business, and has steered another as Managing Director since 2011. He brings 25 years of very hands-on business, financial and marketing experience to the team of trustees.
Gabriella is mother of a young man with autism and severe learning disabilities and has lived in Hammersmith & Fulham for over 20 years.
Over the last 15 years, prior to working for herself Gabriella has been working within large organisations in a variety of roles specialising in sustainability, environmental or supply chain risk roles, she regularly writes policy documents and develops new project change programmes.
Gabriella is an active member of the Hammersmith & Fulham Parentsactive Steering Group. Although her son is now nearly 20, she finds her experiences with education, social services and health are useful to others. And with the recent changes for learning disabled young people, there is a lot of work to be done.
Gabriella will be working closely to support the trust fund applications – with her commercial background she hopes to be able to make some useful suggestions.