Tracey is a Disabled person with 23 years of experience working in a variety of Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations (DDPOs), where she has promoted disability equality, user involvement and the Social Model of Disability and the Cultural Model of Deafness. She has been in CEO positions for the last 16 years and joined the Inclusion London team as Chief Executive in 2011. Tracey is passionate about the value and contribution DDPOs make to both equality and inclusion but also to delivering effective, accessible and holistic services that make a real difference to Deaf and Disabled people’s lives.
Campaigns and Policy Manager
Ellen has worked with and campaigned alongside Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations for over 15 years. She is passionate about ensuring that DDPOs retain an independent campaigning voice, and is working to develop ways that, in a difficult political climate, DDPOs can continue to play a role within the Disabled People’s Rights Movement. As a mental health survivor Ellen is committed to promoting the Social Model of Disability and building the inclusivity of the movement. She is on the National Steering Committee for Disabled People Against Cuts.
Henrietta has worked as a Policy Officer for Inclusion London since 2011 and is dedicated to ensuring Disabled people’s views are voiced on a broad range of policy issues to promote equality and inclusion. She worked with visually impaired people as an Outreach and Development officer at local level in London for nearly 10 years. As a registered art therapist, Henrietta also worked with autistic children and children with emotional behavioural problems in primary schools for approximately 5 years. Henrietta has a degree in ceramics and worked as both a freelance textile designer and a teacher of watercolours in an adult education college for several years.
Digital Communications Officer
Alice joined us in 2014 to develop our online and print communications. She has worked for charities and campaign groups for the past seven years, most recently in third sector organisations working with local communities in London. She is passionate about social change and, when she’s not working with Inclusion London, freelances as a graphic designer for organisations campaigning for social and environmental justice.
Business Development Manager
Alex has worked in the voluntary sector for 25 years, almost exclusively within local organisations supporting Disabled people. She has 12 years’ experience as a CEO, leading organisations within a strong Social Model ethos. She has a degree in Economics and various postgraduate qualifications, including Voluntary Sector Management. Alex has a particular passion for building the capacity of individuals and organisations to achieve rights and aspirations, and to actively challenge discrimination.
Gelila joined the team in May 2017.
Into Sport Project Officer
Sian worked for many years in the Disability Arts sector before joining Arts Council England as a diversity officer. She has also worked in local government. She recently completed an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management at Cass Business School and, in a previous role, wrote the resource called ‘Confident Commissioning: Building relationships between local authorities and Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations’ on behalf of SENDPO (the South East Network of Disabled People’s Organisations). Sian is fully committed to promoting the added value of user-led organisations and supporting their development in whatever way she can.
Disability Justice Project
Svetlana joined out team in August 2016. She is a Disabled lawyer who has spent many years fighting for the rights of Disabled people. She manages our Disability Justice Project, which is aimed at building capacity of DDPOs to use the law. Over the last 12 years Svetlana has worked in various advice and policy roles, enabling Disabled people to fight for their rights at local and international level. She is passionate about ensuring Disabled people have equal rights and can use the law effectively to tackle discrimination and social injustice.
Our Board of Trustees
Our board members are all leading figures in London’s Deaf and Disabled people’s movement. The board members are as follows:
- Anne Novis MBE (Chair)
- Paul Ntulila (Vice Chair)
- Alan Murray MBE (Treasurer)
- Faisal Yusuf
- Kamran Mallick
- Tara Flood
- Valerie Charbit
The board ensures that Inclusion London continues to support the development of London’s Deaf and Disabled people’s organisations to make sure that the views of Deaf and Disabled Londoners and their organisations are heard at the highest levels.
Alan D Murray MBE
Alan is a part time CEO of Ealing Centre for Independent Living. He was born deaf and is a native British Sign Language user. He started his career in law, later became an accountant before embarking on a career in education as Head of Service for Additional Learning Support/Disability Support and Head of BSL Unit. He is also a qualified teacher in Further Education and a British Sign Language Teacher, Assessor, Internal and External Quality Assurer. He is a freelance consultant in education management and teaches British Sign Language.
He has a strong passion for equality campaigning as we are people first and foremost, for years he’s been associated with organisational governance. He is currently a Governor of Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children, and a lay member of Ealing Safer Neighbourhood Board.
He was a Board member of the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust, Healthwatch Ealing, Shape Arts, London Disability Arts Forum, Ealing Disability Access Forum, United Kingdom Council on Deafness, and Council for Hearing Impaired Visits and Exchange.
His favourite volunteering role was as a Games Maker for the London Olympics at Horse Guards Parade.
He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management and has qualifications in accountancy. He has been involved in many charitable boards over the last 30 years including the British Deaf Association for 16 years including holding the post of Vice Chair for the last 3 years and was Chair of deafPLUS, Ealing Deaf Image and Institute of British Sign Language. Alan is currently Chair of the Greater London Deaf Association.
Alan is also an Arts/Museum Guide and gives talks at Tate Britain, Foundling Museum, Wallace Collections and National Gallery.
Anne Novis MBE (Chair)
Anne has have been involved as a trustee of several national and local Deaf and disabled peoples organisations for over twenty years. Leading on hate crime, independent living, developing many projects and responding issues that affect us as well as setting up organisations.
She received an MBE for services to disabled people in the Queens News Years Honours list in 2012 for raising awareness and initiating constant campaigning on Disability Hate Crime for over two decades.
Anne is a former Chair of, and remains an Ambassador for, Greenwich Association of Disabled people, and has been an articulate campaigner on equality and human rights issues in policing, government groups, the voluntary sector as well as statutory organisations.
She is an Independent Advisor to the Metropolitan Police Service in London and British Transport Police across the South East of the UK
Anne is also a qualified Counsellor and Youth and Community worker who has produced reports and been published on hate crime and equality issues.
I am 33 years old and come from the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. I have lived there my entire life.
I am heavily involved with Hammersmith & Fulham Mencap. Although Mencap is the UK’s leading learning disability charity, each branch is its own independent local charity that work to support children and adults with learning disabilities, as well as their carers and families.
For 2 years I was chairman of “Safety Net: People First”. This is a part of the charity which is a self advocacy group, supporting people to have their voices heard. We do a lot of campaigning in the borough for equal rights, for example: housing, healthcare and hate crime.
I am now a representative on the partnership board where we meet commissioners and and councillors to try and improve services for people in the borough with learning disabilities.
I am also training to be a “travel buddy” for “Safety Net: Youth” in which I will be helping to teach young adults how to travel independently.
For the last 8 years, I have worked 1 day a week for Yarrow in west London. Yarrow focus on helping people with learning disabilities achieve all they are capable of and help individuals become more independent.
I also work 5 days a week in Wembley at the sandwich chain Eat.
In my spare time, my hobbies are art and drama and I am a big fan of comedy, music and films.
Valerie Charbit is a barrister practising in crime, fraud, mental health, health and safety and professional discipline. She prosecutes and defends and represents health authorities. She was a trustee for Ataxia UK for many years and is committed to achieving equality of opportunity for disabled people. Her practice as a barrister for over 20 years means she has worked with many defendants who require extensive support to access the justice system including people with mental health issues. She strives to ensure that those with mental health issues are treated fairly by the justice system. She is a part-time Judge for the first tier Tribunal (Mental Health) and acts as a legal advisor for the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the General Pharmaceutical Council and the General Osteopathic Council and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Her involvement in healthcare regulation means she has a unique understanding of healthcare professionals. She has had a disabling knee injury for most of her life which affects her mobility and which she has struggled to come to terms with.
Tara Flood is disability rights activist and has been the Director at the Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) since April 2006. She has been involved with the disability rights movement at a grassroots level for many years, and is committed to creating social and political change that will deliver equality for all Disabled people at a local, regional, national, European and international level. Among many other things, Tara was involved in the discussions at the United Nations in the development of the new UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Tara works with organisations led by disabled people, allied organisations, children’s rights organisations, statutory agencies and Government departments, both in a personal and professional capacity, and is committed to the voices and experiences of all Disabled people being at the heart of discussions and decision making about our lives.
Paul Ntulila (Vice Chair)
Paul is the Chair of Newham Deaf Forum, having dedicated his career to supporting the Deaf community. He has helped promote the inclusion of Deaf and Disabled people through his work with the NSPCC, where he has been an Honorary Member of the Council, as a member of the Diversity Board and as Co-Chair of the Youth Panel at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, as well as with community work in Newham. In 2016, Paul became the first Deaf person to awarded a fully funded scholarship to study a Master of Science degree (MSc) in Diplomacy, Statecraft and Foreign Policy at London’s Loughborough University.