Workshop Presenter Recruitment Manager & Workshop Presenter
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.
As Fundraiser Nicola is responsible for completing applications to Trusts and Foundations whilst inspiring and motivating both old and new funders to support the charity. Nicola will be helping to develop current and new fundraising events within the local community.
Jo joined us in January 2019 to provide Administrative support to the whole team. She has many years experience in a variety roles and great interpersonal skills. Jo’s versatility means she will have a hands on approach in all areas of the charities business.
Jennifer is a qualified and registered bookkeeper with the IAB and has been bookkeeping for the last 12 years. She is supporting JustDifferent in developing and implementing a range of financial policies and procedures that support the current ‘scaling up’ of operations.
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.
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.
Sara joined JustDifferent as a workshop presenter back in 2017. She is now the Area manager for Yorkshire and the Humber. Sara brings to JustDifferent an extensive Business to business sales background and has experience in analysing statistics and managing teams for the Office for National Statistics. Sara herself has multiple sclerosis and says my disability is part of me but it doesn’t define me. She believes that everyone is different in some way or another. This makes us beautiful, how boring life would be if we were all the same. We should celebrate diversity and positively welcome people regardless of their background. Sara believes that through the delivery of JustDifferent workshops we can create a generation of people without hate.
Administration & Marketing
Dawn is a Senior Administrator with 16 years of experience in various fields including the public sector. She has an extensive knowledge base in data aggregation and manipulation, using advanced IT skills to create worksheets, reports, projections, charts and statistics.
She has detailed experience in Business to Business Sales and Marketing including design and print knowledge. Dawn believes everyone should be valued the same whether they have a disability or not.
Ben has 20 years of experience in services sales. He has enjoyed his greatest successes in the learning and development sector. He has worked for global leaders in their field as well as family businesses and third sector organisations. His whole career to date has been about celebrating cultural and social diversity while at the same time embracing what we share.
Debi has enjoyed varying successes in the administration sector and enjoys data input. Debi has a keen eye for attention to detail and endeavours to go the extra mile to ensure all data collected is to the best standard possible. Debi believes Difference should be celebrated!
Human Resources & Recruitment
Susan brings to JustDifferent over 40 years of experience in the healthcare sector. Susan is a qualified nurse within NHS and was a Director of a healthcare organisation specialising in caring for young adults with physical and learning disabilities and mental health needs. Specialising in HR, recruitment, training and staff development. Susan has Rheumatoid Arthritis and limited vision. She believes that through open conversation and education we can create a world without limitations that are defined disability. everyone can achieve their goals despite their barriers and disabilities.
Financial support is vital in allowing us to recruit workshop presenters with disabilities across the UK. Without them we cannot expand our reach and deliver more workshops in schools and businesses.