Course leads: who they are

David Ashley

David has worked in Direct Payments for nearly 15 years in various roles for DP support organisations, local authorities and specialised insurance providers.  He holds a CILEX qualification in employment law and keen interest supporting the promotion of independent living David now works for Mark Bates Ltd (MBL), one of the UK’s leading DP insurance providers. Recently David has helped the MBL Learning and Development team to secure endorsement from Skills for Care/National Skills Academy by evidencing a firm commitment to provide high quality learning in the adult social care sector.

David lives an active live with his wife and two children and enjoys playing and watching football.  He also enjoys live music and regularly attends the Glastonbury festival (when he can get a ticket)!

Kate Lovell

Kate Lovell is a Goldsmiths-trained writer, director and social activist. She has lived experience of mental distress which has motivated her to fight the stigma and misunderstanding that surrounds mental health difficulties. She has worked for the Direct Action Project raising awareness around mental health in schools, colleges, community centres and on housing estates in Islington for the past 8 years.

Kate also champions disabled talent in the arts sector. She is currently working as Agent for Change at Theatre Royal Stratford East as part of the national programme Ramps on the Moon, which aims to improve representation of disabled people working in the theatre industry and provide further opportunity for disabled audiences to engage with theatre. Kate regularly writes for Disability Arts Online, commenting on and reviewing disability arts, and was guest editor of the website for a few months last year. She is excited about new, upcoming work writing for Mental Health Today to continue her commitment to awareness raising.

Kate is an avid cinema-goer and reader – she loves independent films and second hand bookshops. She is studying towards her level 6 in British Sign Language.

Tina Poyzer

Tina was the founder and Programme Director of Map Squad and Bubble Club in Tower Hamlets. She currently helps people who help people through Coaching, Mentoring and working with organisations where there is co-design and co-production with people using health and social care. She has an early background in both performing arts and education and designs and delivers both accredited and non-accredited training programmes for health and social care students, staff and people who use services. She is passionate about equality and employability and is part of the Department for Education ‘Women Leading in Education’ pledge coaching aspiring female leaders, with particular interest in helping developments in inclusive education. Tina also enjoys taking photographs.

Emma Preston-Dunlop

Emma is a support worker, trainer and instructional designer, working in the area of Independent Living. She has an MA in Housing and Inclusion. She provides workshops, training sessions and skill shares both as part of her role at Real DPO, and in her spare time, and is dedicated to the client work she does with Direct Payment users, their families and related professionals.

Emma is the e-learning lead on the PADE UP project, as well as creating all the digital copy for the website, and voicing many of the modules. Co-design and co-production is central to her work. Her former career was in classical music.

She runs The Butch Institute, a jam and chutney company, and is passionate about vegetarian and vegan food. She has a research interest in disability and sexuality. She’s also a percussion nerd, film enthusiast and cat person.

Angela Skrabania

Angela is the Clinical Development Lead working for Enabled Living Healthcare based in East London, providing community equipment, sensory assessment and support and health and social care training. Angela is a registered Occupational Therapist with extensive experience of working as a community Occupational Therapist across a range of client groups before specialising in assisting and moving in 2010. Prior to moving to Enabled Living she was an Assisting and Moving Individuals advisor for a local authority, delivering support and advice for staff and local organisations whilst developing and delivering  a broad training programme. As a trainer Angela has extensive experience of training at all levels across a range of topics, with assisting and moving individuals and as her core area of interest. Angela is a member of the National Back Exchange and Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Elsa Stuart

Elsa works as an Interface GP in Oxford. She combines this with her role as medical advisor for St John Ambulance.  She has worked for many years in the NHS and has brief experience working in other health care systems abroad. In her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing and snowboarding, and on most weekends she can be found walking across Oxfordshire and further afield.

Ossie Stuart

Ossie is an equality and diversity consultant with many years of experience as a trainer and specialist adviser. Prior to that, he spent a decade as an academic at the Universities of Oxford, York and Surrey. He has written seminal works on the experience of BAME disabled people in relation to identity and social care. As a trainer, Dr Stuart now runs disability and E&D training courses for Public Sector organisations. Writing fiction, eating cake and online gaming take up all his spare time.

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