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 Deputy Chief Executive

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, as well as supporting the Chief Executive in managing Share, Robert is responsible for devising and developing Share's training programme to include both accredited and wellbeing workstreams to support students' vocational skills and interests. Robert is passionate about learning and teaching, with a particular interest in the use of technology as an aid to training.

Nirmalan Kugathasan, Head of Finance and Operations

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, Wellbeing and Outreach Manager

Karen has been volunteering with Share's Go Anywhere, Do Anything project since 2015. During this time, Share's values and vision struck a cord 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, People and Projects Manager

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

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.

Eleanor Smith-Hahn, Community and Project Support Worker

Eleanor joined Share in 2019. She works on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday supporting students as part our My Community and Me project and our Independent Living Skills programme. She has previous experience working with adults with complex needs, and is currently also working as a Personal Assistant and Support Worker for a man with autism. In the past, she volunteered as a Learning Mentor for Love to Learn, a charity for young refugees. She recently completed her BA in Anthropology and Sociology.

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.

Rachael Elliott, Community and Project Support Worker

Rachael volunteered with Share in 2015/2016 and thoroughly enjoyed supporting students with their Independent Living  Skills and was very impressed with Share's vision, care and ethos. Fast forward four years and Rachael joined Share as a Community and Project Support Worker, where she supports students across multiple projects in achieving their goals. Prior to joining Share, Rachael spent ten years in the Civil Service primarily working within Learning and Development. Rachael has a BSc in Psychology and Health Sciences from the University of Liverpool, holds a CPCAB accredited Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies and is training to become a OneSpirit Interfaith Minister.

Gabrielle Antoniou, Client Engagement Coordinator and Community Fundraising 

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 and Community Fundraiser. 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. 

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.

Frances Barrett

Frances Barrett, Independent Living Skills and Music Tutor

Frances has worked at Share Community since 2007 teaching basic literacy and numeracy as well as practical and social skills - such as dealing with money and expected behaviours within wider society. She is a qualified teacher as well as a musician and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama - her principal instrument being the viola. Frances teaches music as part of her independent living skills course at Share. Frances leads the violas in the Dulwich Symphony Orchestra and is a founder member of the Meantime Violas. She also plays percussion in the Lambeth Wind Orchestra. She has a keen interest in music therapy, working as a volunteer with a Wandsworth music therapist, and uses experience gained in this  area to enhance her music teaching.

Frances works at Share on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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. 

Shem works at Share on Monday and Tuesdays. 

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.

Ashley Brown, Horticulture Project and Enterprise Manager

Ashley joined Share in May 2019. Ashley has studied Horticulture at Reading University before moving into education. He first worked in retail horticulture at Bents Garden Centre in Cheshire, before moving to New Zealand where he worked in a palm tree nursery. On his return to the UK he went into teaching and training and successfully completed a PGCE at Stafford University. During his teaching he taught various levels from 1 to 6 but decided to revisit academia by undertaking an MSc at Lancaster University. Ashley’s role at Share is to manage and develop Share's gardening social enterprise, Share Nurseries.

Sarah Foss, Horticulture Senior Trainer and Assessor

Sarah has worked for many years in the charity sector, supporting people of all disabilities and abilities.  She has started up and run several successful gardening projects for charities such as Age UK and the Volunteer Centre. She has both a practical and theoretical background in horticulture, having run her own allotment for 15 years and studied with the Royal Horticultural Society for her Level 3  Diploma in Horticulture.  Sarah has taught and continues to teach horticulture on a part-time basis for local environmental charity EcoLocal.

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.

Julia works in the Share Garden on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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. 

Gina Morten

Gina Morton, Digital Inclusion Manager

Gina joined Share in December in 2017. Gina studied Fine Art and History of Art at Kingston University before moving into education. She first worked as a learning support assistant at a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) in East London before moving into further education, working at City of Westminster College within the Disability Support Department, where she worked as a qualified teacher and course team leader. She is proficient in the use of Makaton and employs its use as a way of promoting inclusion within the classroom. Gina’s role at Share is to manage the Digital Skills course and promote the use of assistive digital technology to support independence and communication among our students.

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. 

Elise Sorensen, Go Anywhere, Do Anything Project 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 works at Share part-time co-facilitating and co-organising the Go anywhere, Do Anything project. 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.

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 and 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 studied Combined Arts at the University of Leicester and has completed diplomas in printing and publishing and more recently in social media management. 

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.

Ruth Miller, Receptionist

Ruth joined Share in January 2012. She works part-time on the front desk every morning throughout the week. She previously worked as a receptionist at a dental practice for 15 years, often stepping up to run the whole practice in the manager's absence. She first joined Share as a student and then joined the staff team a few years later.