As Chief Executive Officer of The Accessful Foundation, Jack is responsible for the day-to-day running of the charity including recruitment of volunteers and mentors, corporate partnerships, carrying out the agreed strategy of the organisation and reporting to the Board of Trustees.
A business consultant/strategist by profession and with a background of leading and founding businesses, Jack is interested in social entrepreneurialism and disability rights and the ways in which businesses and charities are able to create social change.
Author of the mental health book ‘Life On The Other Side’, Jack is a big Leyton Orient fan with a love of cinema and dogs!
A Headteacher of over 30 years’ experience, Dave currently leads a Community Special School in Hertfordshire that has achieved an Autism Accreditation Excellence award from the National Autistic Society, such is the standard achieved within his school.
Dave’s own experience working with governance in his day job and his experience as a trustee of two charities is invaluable to The Accessful Foundation.
Ever busy, Dave is also a BBC London sport reporter, mostly covering Leyton Orient FC where he is affectionately known as ‘Dulcet Dave’!
We are very privileged to have his varied experience on our Board of Trustees, and his calm and kind leadership is an asset to our community. Dave is a founding trustee of the charity.
Olivia serves as our Interim Chairman and has years of experience working in the charity sector. Currently the Communications Manager for a non-profit organisation in the capital, Olivia has previously worked heading up Communications and Youth Services for a national charity. This work resulted in regular appearances on television, radio and print, including the BBC, ITV and national press and she has recent and helpful experience of the day to day workings of a UK wide charity, like our own.
Possessing a wonderfully democratic approach to decision making and an incredible level of professionalism, Olivia is a big fan of musical theatre and American rock band Patent Pending!
Artist, disability advocate and entrepreneur Kitty Strand is one of our founding trustees, and has been involved with the charity from the very beginning of our formation.
Kitty brings an important perspective to our governance team as a disabled businessperson herself. Her creative abilities have already been of massive benefit to the charity in our early stages, and she plays a particularly strong role in setting the tone and voice of the charity, supporting us to be collaborative, open, honest and innovative. Traits of which are also assignable to herself.
Kitty comes as a pair with her dog George, an unofficial mascot for The Accessful Foundation!