Meet our team
We thought it would be helpful to include a few pictures and short bios so you can see what a friendly bunch we are.
Founder, Clinical Director, Supervisor and Therapist
“My partner, Steve D, has a physical impairment (spinal injury) which affects us all as a family, myself included. Impairment and disability are complex things. It’s as much about relationships and identity as it is dealing with healthcare professionals, members of the public, and so much more. Talking is one of the best cures for stress, isolation, fatigue, even for pain and trauma. If you can find a way to use the support you already have around you, it can really help your wellbeing and change your life.”
New Referrals and Staff Manager
“I'm usually the first person you'll speak to when you contact us. I’ve had MS for years and use a wheelchair when my legs go on strike. Like most people, I have good and bad days. I understand the mountain disabled people have to climb on a daily basis. From the fear of dependency to the loss of autonomy and health and all the other things that come with living with an impairment, I’m passionate about helping people find their own way and helping them along that path.”
“I was an unpaid carer for many years for two of my children who have impairments and I also worked with disabled people in other therapy settings. I retrained as a therapist six years ago and have been privileged to experience and witness the changes clients have been able to make for themselves. I believe therapy is a process that works and my work with Spokz People has only reinforced this belief.”
Finance and Admin Manager
“I joined the team in March 2013 and am responsible for making sure all data is collated anonymously and securely. If you pay for your sessions via bank transfer, you’ll receive receipts from me. I also work for our sister company Spokz and enjoy providing support in a background capacity.”
Director and Chairman
“I’ve had a spinal injury for 25 years now and have worked as both a group leader and mentor. I set up our sister company Spokz in 2008, selling wheelchairs, accessories and sporting goods and came into contact with so many people who needed more than just a state-of-the-art wheelchair in their life. Since my partner, Mel, was already a qualified therapist, I suggested she set up the non-profit services of Spokz People to provide a more holistic approach to helping people cope with being disabled.”
“After a career in independent finance and senior management, I retired and retrained as a therapist. I am passionate about working with people who are not able to access the services that organisations such as Spokz People offer. My family has a history of Downs Syndrome and Diabetes Type 1, so I’ve seen first hand how much impairment and chronic illness can impact on families and how therapy and support can radically improve this."