Toby founded JustDifferent in 2008. His primary work aim is to help people to understand disability and difference so that people can work and socialise together and participate fully in society. Toby is also Co Chair of Communication Matters a national charity that works with people who use Alternative Augmentative Communication equipment – sometimes called speech synthesisers. Toby’s personal experience of disability, his use of the most up to date equipment to achieve the highest level of independence, working closely with his highly trained, skilled and motivated support team – place him in a unique position to lead in the recruitment of new Workshop Presenters across the UK – delivering inspiring and motivational workshops in schools and the workplace.
Anthony stepped into the role of Interim CEO to prepare JustDifferent for ‘scaling up’ for its next stage of development delivering existing and new services over a much greater geographical area. Anthony has in depth experience of working across different sectors, principally in the engineering, health and voluntary sectors.
Administration & Workshops Manager
Sarah joined the team in March 2013 as Bookings and Community Administrator. She now manages the administration and workshops for the office in Walberton and thoroughly enjoys organising fundraising events on behalf of the charity.
Alison was born different due to her mother taking a prescribed drug called Thalidomide in the early stages of pregnancy. As a result Alison was born with short arms and impaired hearing. This has not stopped Alison from achieving many goals in life.
Ross has had Cerebral Palsy since birth; a condition affecting the ability to control muscles. He is unable to walk and uses a powered wheelchair to get around. He lives independently and employs full time support assistants to help him with his everyday needs. Other than that, he does what everyone else does.
Helen was born with cerebral palsy, this means the muscles in her body do not always do what her brain tells them to. She uses a speech synthesiser and an electric wheelchair. Helen enjoys doing things that give her a purpose in life.
Julie has myoclonic dystonia, a neurological movement disorder. A former West Yorkshire Police Constable, Julie gained a BA Honours English Language and Literature degree and has had some of her poetry published. Julie faces physical and social challenges daily due to her myoclonic dystonia, and remains positive, believing that being different should not be a barrier in society.
Dan, who has cerebral palsy, has been volunteering in the Walberton office since November 2013. He has carried out many duties for the team including data entry, funding research and workshop evaluation analysis as well as assisting at events.