Meet the Share team

Senior Management Team

Annie McDowall, Chief Executive

Annie joined Share in 2003. She has had a long career working in the voluntary sector, including nine years with Lambeth ACCORD and seven years with the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) where she was Director of Family Services. She has also been a trustee for Asylum Aid and Disability Advice Service Lambeth. As well as experience in developing information and advice for disabled people, she brings a wealth of experience in managing teams, policy-making and creating partnerships within communities. At Share, Annie is driven by the mantra she has learnt over many years of working in the not-for-profit sector that 'people matter, labels don't', and that is something she works very hard to instil into the very ethos of the services provided by Share.

She holds a post graduate diploma in management, a postgraduate diploma in counselling and is a qualified executive coach.



Robert Boyce, Head of Training and Digital Integration

Robert joined Share in 1998. He is a qualified computer programmer and worked in private business before joining Share. He first worked as a trainer at Share, teaching Information Communications and Technology (ICT). Now, Robert oversees vocational training and digital integration, with a focus on getting the digital aspects right and functioning at all levels of Share, and managing the accredited learning we deliver. Robert is passionate about learning and teaching, with a particular interest in the use of technology as an aid to training.

Nirmalan Kugathasan, Chief Finance and Operating Officer

Nirmalan joined Share in 2007. He previously worked as a finance manager for a refugee community organisation for five years, and has experience in strategic financial and operational planning, and contract management. He is a trustee for the South West London Law Centre, where he was the treasurer from 2007 to 2012.

He holds an MBA and postgraduate diploma in charity financial management.

Karen Miles, Head of Outreach and Wellbeing

Karen has been volunteering with Share's Go Anywhere, Do Anything project since 2015. During this time, Share's values and vision struck a chord with Karen, prompting her to join the staff team in February 2018. Karen previously worked as an Independent Living Service Manager at the British Red Cross and holds a BA (Hons) in International Development with NGO Management. Karen is responsible for managing each student's journey through Share, ensuring that their collective and individual voices are heard. She works alongside other members of the Wellbeing team to provide pastoral support to our students and advise other staff members at Share on students' wellbeing and communication needs.

Leanne Wood, Head of Services and Transformation (Currently on maternity leave)

Leanne joined Share in 2012. She previously worked for a charity called Making The Leap for 5 years, supporting unemployed people back into work and teaching computer courses to the local community.

As well as overseeing HR and Leanne manages Share’s Go Anywhere, Do Anything project, which provides opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to access fun activities in London. Leanne also coordinates Share's volunteering programme, which involves welcoming new volunteers into the organisation and supporting their journey within Share.

Leanne holds a degree in Sociology and Economics from the University of Kent and the CIPD HR qualification.

Wellbeing Team

Jenny Bourlet, Health and Community Manager (Currently on maternity leave)

Jenny joined Share in 2016. She previously worked as a wellbeing manager for a community organisation supporting people with learning disabilities and complex needs. In addition to her role at Share, Jenny works part-time for Age UK in Hammersmith and Fulham. Prior to this, Jenny spent nine years in the training sector organising training programmes. For the past few years, Jenny has been running our healthy living programme, which is now incorporated within Share's My Community and Me project which supports our students to learn practical independent living skills in the community.

Jenny works at Share on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Claire Smith, Independence and Wellbeing Team Leader

Claire joined Share in 2016. Claire started her career in social work, after which she worked as a recruitment consultant. She subsequently became a job coach at a charity called Off the Streets and Into Work. She went on to work with Whizz-Kidz, helping to secure work placements for young disabled people across the UK. More recently, Claire worked at Imagine, at their Sutton project.

Before taking on her current role at Share, Claire was one of Share's job coaches running our steps into employment classes as part of our independent living skills programme. She now oversees our independence and wellbeing classes, aimed at making learning more practical and community focused.

Charlotte Webby, Wellbeing Co-ordinator

Charlotte joined Share December 2018. Following the completion of a degree in design in New Zealand, Charlotte went on to teach at Otago Museum in New Zealand for two years. In 2014, Charlotte moved to England where she worked, first, as a Quality Control Manager assisting international students and, most recently, a Project Manager for a consultancy firm. During this time, Charlotte also volunteered at Share as a corporate volunteer a number of times across various projects.

Charlotte joined the team as an Independent Living Tutor and Business Coordinator, and is now our Wellbeing Co-ordintor.

Elise Sorensen, Family Liaison Officer

Elise was a volunteer for  Go Anywhere, Do Anything in 2015/16. She was so impressed with the project that she joined the Share team in August 2017. Elise started with us at Share part-time co-facilitating and co-organising the Go anywhere, Do Anything project, and now she works as our Family Liaison Officer. Previously, Elise has contributed to service development projects for several charities, including Wheels for Wellbeing and Women's Solace Aid. Elise also holds a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy from Brunel University.

Hannah Burton, Community and Project Support Worker

Hannah's background is in administration and customer service, however after feeling uninspired for some time, Hannah decided to join Share in 2019 as a Horticulture Volunteer. She later became a Community & Project Support Worker, working across our different projects. Family experience of autism inspires her strong commitment to the inclusion of people with autism and learning disabilities, and the recognition of unpaid carers. She is an avid reader, a keen environmentalist, and an extremely amateur stargazer.

Louis Daly, Community and Project Support Worker

Louis joined Share in 2020. He has supported adults with learning disabilities for several years, starting out as a Personal Assistant to his brother and then supporting groups at Cambridge House in Southwark and also working at a day centre. Louis has a degree in History and worked previously in arts and humanities as a Digital Content Manager and Image Archivist. 

Gabrielle Antoniou, Client and Community Engagement Lead 

Gabrielle first joined Share as a bank tutor teaching Digital Skills and Independent Living Skills in 2015. She subsequently spent some time as our Digital Inclusion Manager and now she's working as our Client Engagement Coordinator. Prior to joining Share Gabrielle worked as an Information Analyst at at the NSPCC and as a Facilitator at Making The Leap. Gabrielle has taken part in various international voluntary schemes including teaching, community development, youth work and conservation, with volunteer work including supporting the homeless and Syrian refugees in Greece. Gabrielle also volunteers on our Go Anywhere, Do Anything project as a Social Buddy.

Gabrielle holds a BA (Hons) Sociology degree from the University of Nottingham. 

Wendy Nicholson, Lunchtime Activities Leader

Wendy joined the Share team in 2016. Wendy has experience working with various local community groups, including schools, hospices and churches. She supports and supervises students during their lunch break at Share, and organises and runs a range of lunchtime activities for our students to take part in. Wendy holds a Community Arts Leader Award from the Arts Community Exchange in Lambeth. 

Anja Imberechts, Lunchtime Activities Leader

Anja joined Share in June 2019 as bank staff and her role became permanent a few months later. As well as running lunchtime activities for our students, Anja also volunteers for our Go Anywhere, Do Anything project and works on our outreach support programme.

Anja holds a degree in shipping and forwarding and worked for over 10 years as a shipping coordinator, moving on to PA roles in large corporate organisations including the Association of British Insurers and various law firms.

Anja speaks several languages, is an avid reader, and plays guitar and keyboard. She’s been volunteering for many years for homeless and addiction services in Wandsworth and strongly advocates giving everyone equal opportunities and a chance to improve their quality of life.

Training Staff

Diana Sawaya, Independent Living Skills and Art Tutor

Diana joined Share as an arts and crafts volunteer in October 2015 and went on to join Share's Bank Staff , teaching arts, Basic Skills, Independent Living Skills and Catering.

Diana previously facilitated self-guided therapeutic arts programmes for a women's charity working with women who have experienced abuse, trauma, depression and grief. She has also worked in sheltered housing schemes around Wandsworth, delivering creative projects to older people, and those living with dementia, disabilities and other additional needs.

Diana holds a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design and an Arts Diploma. Diana has a QCF Level 4 Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) qualification and a Foundation Level certificate in Art Therapy awarded by the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).

Diana joined the staff team in November 2018 and works Mondays. Tuesdays and Friday.

Shem Jarrold, Independent Living and Basic Skills Tutor

Shem first joined Share in 2017 as a musicianship volunteer. He now teaches Basic Skills and Independent Living Skills. He has worked with adults with learning disabilities since 2014 as part of a variety of projects and organisations. He is interested in the history of social music making, and the different ways people learn across cultures. He studied mediaeval languages, early mediaeval history and social anthropology at Cambridge University before living and working in Chile for two years, starting his working life teaching English in a copper mine in the Atacama Desert. In addition to his work at Share, he is a violin tutor and the administrator at the Pembroke Academy of Music in Walworth, South London, and also a musician and practitioner for involuntarymovement, in a team delivering contemporary dance classes for adults with learning disabilities. 

Kenneth Anderson, Chef and Catering Trainer

Kenneth (Kenny) has been a chef for over 35 years working in many top hotels in London and gentlemen clubs. He spent 15 years in contract catering were he held senior catering or teaching positions. He joined Share in 2009 as a part-time trainer in food hygiene, and became a full-time trainer in 2013. Kenny is responsible for all of Share's catering training, and oversee's Share's social enterprise, Share Catering.

Rachel Simms, Assistant Chef 

Rachel helps Kenny to look after the Share Kitchen, supporting catering students and Share's social enterprise, Share Catering. Rachel first came to Share as a trainee following her time at South Thames College. Following graduation and a period of work experience in the Share Kitchen, Rachel joined the staff team as a permanent member of staff.

Julia Roxborough, Horticulture Job Coach

Julia first joined Share as a student in 2004 to study business studies. She originally trained as a landscape gardener and still runs a private gardening business. Having struggled with dyslexia for many years without realising, Julia has a keen interest in literacy and was therefore interested in exploring her own learning difficulties by teaching others. Julia holds Stage 1 and 2 City and Guilds teacher training qualifications Level 4, and a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) Level 5.

Jonathan Rogers, Horticulture Trainer and Assessor

Jonathan joined Share in 2016. Jonathan was born profoundly deaf and communicates using speech, lip-reading and sign language. He holds a BSc in Product Design Engineering from Sheffield Hallam University and a diploma in Garden Design from Inchbald College, and gained horticulture and landscaping experience working with a number of garden designers in London. Following a period of volunteering at the Share Garden, Jonathan joined the horticulture team as a member of staff in September to help and support Share students develop their horticulture skills, particularly those who are deaf and need special communication support through sign language.

Joanne Smith

Joanne Smith, Horticulture Support Worker

Joanne joined the Share team in November 2017. Joanne first started working at Share in 2016 as a volunteer in our life skills course and a social buddy with our Go Anywhere, Do Anything programme. Volunteering at Share, she says, is 'one of the best things I've done'. Joanne also works as an Outreach Support Worker, and Personal Assistant for her brother who is autistic and has learning disabilities. Joanne started working for Share as our lunchtime activities co-ordinator and now works as a Support Worker at our garden 3 days a week. 

Steve McGuane, Digital Skills Trainer

Steve first came to Share in 1999 as a student following a motorbike accident that left him wheelchair-bound. He quickly achieved an array of qualifications, including an NVQ in Information and Commication Technology (ICT) Level 1, and an assessors A1/A2 qualification. After sometime working as a volunteer at Share, Steve successfully applied for a full-time position as an ICT trainer, and has been working at Share since 2003. Prior to his motorbike accident, Steve was a BT technician. Steve works at Share from Tuesday to Thursday.

Alice Gough, Community Learning and Independent Living Facilitator 

Alice joined share in October 2018. She previously worked as a nurse in paediatrics and adolescent mental health, and as a learning support assistant in Special Education Needs (SEN) schools where she was supporting individuals with mental health needs and learning disabilities.

She volunteers part-time for the Health Action Campaign where she reviews the research on the prevention of mental health issues in children and young people.

Alice holds a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing.

Shannon Blackwood, Job Coach

Shannon joined share in February 2020. She previously worked as a lead ABA tutor in an Independent Special School, where she was supporting individuals with autism. She predominantly worked in sixth form helping students find and carry out work experience as well as develop independent life skills. Shannon is passionate about equal job opportunities for all and is keen to explore this in her role with us as a job coach. Shannon holds a first class degree in psychology.

 Support Staff

Joseph Fitton, Go Anywhere, Do Anything Project Officer

Joseph (Joe) joined Share as a volunteer in 2014, and joined our Go Anywhere, Do Anything staff team a year later. Joe works at Share part-time and helps to organise and run trips for members of the Go Anywhere, Do Anything project. Joe holds a degree in Learning Disability Nursing and Social Work from London South Bank University and a BA (Hons) degree in Music Technology. Joe is passionate about advocacy for disabled people, and is happiest when he can marry his creative skills within his current roles. 

Reena Naveratnam, Finance and Admin Officer

Reena joined Share in 2009 and provides financial and administrative support for our finance team.

She previously worked as an Accounts Assistant for Alpex Marine, a seafood exporter based in Sri Lanka.

She holds an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and is working towards becoming an Associate Member of the CIMA.

Rachel Healy, Marketing and Communications Manager

Rachel joined Share in June 2019 to manage and develop Share's marketing and communications strategies. She worked in the private sector for many years in marketing roles for publishers and conference companies. More recently she ran the marketing for a publisher and events producer aimed at the not-for-profit sector. Rachel holds a BA (Hons) degree in Combined Arts from the University of Leicester, a post graduate diploma in printing and publishing and more recently a certificate in social media management. 

Valentino Ferro, HR and Office Manager

Valentino joined Share in 2020 to work across the whole HR spectrum and to help with the office management operations.

He has previously worked as a Head of Operations (with a focus on people and HR practices) for two different European tech start-ups. Before moving to the UK, Valentino was based in Italy, his home country, and worked as an Operations and HR Manager for a real estate investment firm.

He is currently working towards an HR qualification which will allow him to become an Associate Member of CIPD.

Peri MacRae, Volunteer and Community Services Manager

Peri started volunteering with Share as a social buddy in 2017 on our Go Anywhere, Doing Anything project. She loved it so much she was inspired to join Share as a permanent team member in January 2021. Peri’s background is in volunteer management and youth work. Before joining Share, she worked at the Prince’s Trust as an Operations Executive – managing volunteer-led mentoring and personal development programmes, and at VSO supporting volunteers accessing the International Citizen Service.

Peri holds a BA in International Development from the University of East London.

At Share she’s responsible for managing our volunteer-led projects and community services, currently focusing on Go Anywhere, Do Anything and Befriending. She also leads on volunteer journey and support alongside Leanne.

Michael Kalman, Receptionist

Michael joined Share in January 2012. He works part-time covering the front desk every afternoon. He previously worked as a clinic assistant at St George's Hospital in Tooting, and first joined Share as a student after receiving radiotherapy treatment for a benign brain tumour in 2009. After initially studying IT, he subsequently undertook an NVQ Level 2 in Customer Service. Michael also volunteers as a social buddy on our Go Anywhere, Do Anything project.

Georgie Barwick, Office Administrator and Receptionist

Georgie joined Share in April 2021 after several years working in Film & TV Production. She works part-time at Share and is also studying Counselling at City & Islington College. When she’s not on the front desk at Share, or in the classroom, Georgie can be found cooking, birdwatching, or in the cinema.