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Cohort three

2023 - 2025 Jane Slowey memorial members

Meet cohort three:

photos of the recipients of the memorial membership

Amy is a dedicated professional with a deep passion for fostering peer support and advocating for disabled individuals, she brings a wealth of experience despite facing her own challenges of fatigue and pain.

Amy often describes herself as having a charitable heart with a business brain. She is excited by the learning and variety of managing charities where all in one day you can comfort a member in crisis on the phone, design a CRM brief, and have a meeting with high-level decision-makers to change policy. She lives firmly by the disability mantra ‘Nothing about us without us’ and would like to do a PhD one day in pan-disability inclusivity or charity workplace cultures.

Amy applied to the programme to learn from and share with others, develop herself to develop her charities, and to build the confidence to progress to roles where she can have a greater impact on not just charity outcomes but also how they live their values in every corner of the organisation.

After a life-altering accident disrupted Deb’s education, she found solace and empowerment in the charity sector. Transitioning from beneficiary to passionate volunteer, she embarked on a rewarding professional path. Guided by a former charity CEO, she reached a director role and aspired to become a CEO. Recognising the need for diverse leadership skills, Deb changed sector and pursued a healthcare career, gaining a master’s degree and partner status at a general healthcare practice.

Her passion for both sectors remained unwavering as she volunteered extensively. Ruth Parker, CEO of Emmaus Northeast, where Deb is a trustee noticed her dedication and encouraged her to apply for the Jane Slowey memorial membership with ACEVO, a chance Deb views as an opportunity to support her journey of becoming a charity CEO.

Hattie leads a dedicated team supporting children and young people with additional needs or disabilities, and their families. Overcoming personal challenges, including recently diagnosed ADHD, she’s learned to seek assistance more confidently. Hattie’s authenticity has led to remarkable problem-solving, resilience and unyielding pursuit of dreams. Her belief in unique strengths propelled her to apply for the Jane Slowey memorial membership at ACEVO, aiming to empower young people similarly. Supported by an understanding team, Hattie aims to harness her strengths as a neurodivergent female leader, effecting genuine change in lives through her charity. This drive for growth, connection with fellow female leaders and her superpowers form the core of her aspirations.

DASH is a Disabled-led visual arts organisation that creates new work and develops meaningful opportunities for disabled artists. To date, DASH has chalked up two decades of important work with representation and collaboration at its heart. From programmes for Young Disabled Artists through to shaping strategic roles for Disabled curators, DASH’s work has helped to support Disabled people at all stages of a creative practice.

She is also an artist who has established an ambitious collaborative practice over the past twenty years, which draws together visual art, architecture and social practice. Heather has exhibited widely across UK, Europe, Australasia, North and South America and Asia. Her work has been commissioned by Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wysing Arts Centre, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Tate Modern, National Theatre of Wales, The Hepworth Wakefield and London’s Southbank Centre among many other. She also represented Wales at the 52nd Venice Biennial.  

The Jane Slowey memorial membership from ACEVO promises connections beyond her network, enabling mutual support and inclusive projects. Heather is looking forward to joining this secure, disabled-led space to share, learn, and discuss. She believes in the power of mutual learning for trust, understanding and a shared purpose and hopes her artistic skills enrich this collective effort, promising an impactful journey.

Heather is neurodivergent.

The charity that Sam leads, SAMEE is growing quickly, and Sam is eager to forge connections with fellow members who have navigated similar paths. She is optimistic about the potential for meaningful mentoring relationships to take root, providing her with valuable strategic insights.

The appeal of peer support and learning opportunities offered by ACEVO membership is something Sam eagerly anticipates. Her excitement to engage with accomplished leaders in the charity sector, exchanging innovative concepts that can propel SAMEE’s expansion is palpable. Additionally, Sam is passionate about contributing her expertise in empowering individuals within the disabled community.

Sam’s participation in the programme captures her drive for growth, collaboration and the shared pursuit of making a positive impact.

Sukhjeen faces challenges from chronic pain, ADHD and ASD (autism spectrum disorder), impacting her mobility and communication. She relies on strategies like breaks, headphones, and coaching. Sukhjeen founded Chronically Brown to empower disabled South Asians, combat stigma and promote representation. Sukhjeen feels ACEVO’s programme, with a two-year membership, workshops and peer support, is crucial to her success. She anticipates the programme will provide personal growth, connections and resources to propel her and her cause. She values shared insights, aiming to support peers with her experiences and feels her role as a founder equips her to do this. She is enthusiastic about collaborative growth and is poised to contribute and learn from this programme.

Tanya is head of research and evaluation at the McPin Foundation, a charity that aims to improve mental health through research-informed and driven by people with relevant lived experiences. Tanya uses her lived experience of being a service user and carer to inform her work. She aims for her work to amplify the voices of others, particularly those most excluded, to lead in research. She has a first-class honours degree in social work and uses her knowledge of strengths-based working and reflective practice to support teams to achieve their goals. She is an advocate for peer research and co-production and passionate about innovation in research involvement and methodologies.

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