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.

He is currently studying towards a postgraduate certificate in charity management.

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.

Wellbeing Team

 

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.

Karen is a member of Share's Leadership Team.

Mikayla Fergus-Quartey, My Life Manager

Mikayla joined Share in 2015. Mikayla studied social policy at university and has worked with adults with learning disabilities and mental health concerns for over 10 years. She previously worked in supported housing, first as a support worker and later as a service manager. Mikayla was inspired to pursue a career in the social sector working with disabled people after taking part in a Camp America Programme during which she worked at a summer camp for disabled adults and children in Chicago. Mikayla is responsible for managing Share's independent living skills programme and overseeing Share's Student Star, an evidence-based to tool to measure our students' progress over time.

Mikayla is a member of Share's Leadership Team.

Jenny Bourlet, Healthy Living Coordinator

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 running an upcycling workshop which aims to reduce loneliness and isolation. Prior to this, Jenny spent nine years in the training sector organising training programmes. At Share, Jenny will be developing a learning programme to enhance the lives of disabled people and improve independence and general wellbeing.

Jenny works at Share on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Jane Wingfield

Jane Wingfield, Wellbeing Adminstrator

Jane joined Share in January 2017. She supports the Wellbeing team, and deals with all student enquires at Share. Having worked for a number of mainly property-related businesses, Jane brings strong organisational and administrative skills to help manage and streamline our systems and processes for student enquiries. 

Jane works part-time from Monday to Thursday.

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. 

Wendy works from 12.30pm to 2pm, Monday to Thursday, and 12.30pm to 1.30pm on Fridays.

Joanne Smith

Joanne Smith, Lunchtime Activities Leader

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 works from 11.45am to 2.15pm, Monday to Friday.

Training Staff

Eolan Healy, Independent Living Skills Team Leader

Eolan joined Share in July 2017. Following university, Eolan went into teaching, first teaching science in secondary schools and subsequently teaching English as a foreign language. This eventually lead to a role at the City of Westminster College working as a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) and teacher to help young adults with learning disabilities and difficulties with different needs and abilities. Eolan's role at Share is to deliver and lead on our Independent Living Skills programme, to support our students towards independence through practical and community-based learning. Eolan uses Makaton in his teaching. He holds a BSc and MSc in biology and a Diploma in Education and Training (DET).

Marie O'Dea

Marie O'Dea, Independent Living Skills and Crafts Tutor

Marie first joined Share as a student in 2003 to study business studies and ICT, after which she started a life skills group at Share. Soon after Marie became a tutor, coordinated Share's Life Skills programme before returning to teaching in 2017. As part of her role at Share, she delivers independent living skills, and art and crafts. Prior to working at Share, Marie worked in a number of teaching environments and organisations, including working with people with Down's Syndrome and deaf children. She holds a BEd in Teaching.

Marie works at Share on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Julia Roxborough, Independent Living and Basic Skills Tutor

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 at Share on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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.

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.

Sarah Bailes, Horticulture Training Manager

Sarah joined Share in 2016 and comes to us with many years of horticulture and training experience. Sarah trained in horticulture at Sparsholt College in Hampshire and at RHS Wisley, where she went on become the senior propagation gardener and was responsible for creating the floor plan for Wisley's new greenhouse. She subsequently moved to Farley Estate, where she managed 300 acres of ornamental gardens. Throughout her career, Sarah's work has involved training students in horticulture which also involved working with those with additional needs.

Deborah Shachar, Horticulture Therapist and Deputy Manager

Deborah joined Share in June 2018. She has nearly 20 years' experience working with adults with mild to profound learning difficulties and disabilities, 15 of which were spent teaching in further education.

She has taught a variety of subjects, including horticulture, life skills, work skills, English, Maths, ICT, art & design, cookery, enterprise, communication and independent living.

She holds a PGCE teaching qualification and a Level 3 BTEC in Horticulture, as well as qualifications in fine art, animation, sculpture and textiles.

 Jaime Johnson, Horticulture Job Coach

Jaime has been working with Share since 2015, supporting horticultural students in the Share Garden, and joined Share as a job coach in June 2018.

Jaime has over 13 years teaching experience, having obtained a PGCE from Greenwich University in 2005. During her career Jaime has worked in schools and colleges across London and abroad. In 2012, Jaime obtained a Level 2 qualification in Horticulture with the RHS.

Jonathan Rogers, Horticulture Training Assistant

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.

Gina Morten

Gina Morten, 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 Monday to Thursday.

 Employment Support Staff

Claire Smith, Job Coach

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. Claire works at Share on Thursdays and Fridays.

 Support Staff

Leanne Wood

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 working in HR and providing administrative support to the board of trustees and for other projects at Share, 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 Level 3 qualification.

Leanne is a member of Share's Leadership Team.

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.

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.