Meet the Board.
Ola Abu Alghaib
Ola has more than 18 years of experience in disability, diversity and inclusive development in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) in project planning, management, evaluation, strategy and capacity development and research with various UN agencies, NGOs (including Disabled People's Organisations, and international agencies such as CBM and Handicap International.
She earned an MA in Power, Participation and Social Change from IDS at Sussex University and she is currently a PhD researcher at the University of East Anglia on Disability and Social protection in LMICs.
Saghir Alam OBE
Chair of Trustees
Saghir is a leading expert in human rights and diversity especially in the area of multiple identities in Age, Disability, Faith and Race. He has a legal and business background.
He is patron of Include Me Too and Ethnic Disabled Children Society. He chairs Global Diversity and is a Senior Partner of Equality Group. He also is Chair of the UK BME Council and the Faith and Education Institute.
Previously, he was a Disability Rights Commissioner. He also served as Independent Governor for Westminster Democracy Foundation and was a member of Equality 2025. He also served as a Non–Executive Director of the NHS Hospital Trust and National Probation Board and Vice Chairman of a Local Council Standards Board.
Saghir was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to disabled people.
A K Dube
Andrew Kudakwashe (AK) Dube, Chief Executive Officer of the Africa Disability Alliance (ADA), brings 30 years' experience of designing, managing, evaluating and monitoring development and disability programmes with international and grassroots community organisations.
His previous roles include working as an independent consultant with governments and Regional Programmes Director of Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD). AK has worked on provincial, national and inter-sectoral disability strategies, and was also involved in the implementation and evaluation of development programmes in the region of Southern Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Angola, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia; playing a key role in the establishment, funding and strengthening of organisations of disabled people.
Sarah manages her own consulting group, Pamodzi Consulting, in Melbourne Australia. She works with a global network of practitioners on international and Australian Indigenous development issues with a particular focus on human rights, social inclusion and disability inclusive development. Her experience includes:
- Programme Manager for UNDP in Afghanistan (2004 - 2006), leading the design and management of a national programme on disability inclusion working with government and civil society.
- International Deputy Director for Leonard Cheshire Disability in the UK (1999 - 2004).
- Trustee and current member of the Resource Network for Linguistic Development (2013- 2014) that works to advance the sustainability of Indigenous languages.
Sarah loves the outdoors and tries to find time outside work for hiking (or “bushwalking” as it is called in Australia), yoga retreats, pilates and cycling.
Louise James is the Co-Director of Accenture Development Partnerships. Louise leads ADP’s work globally with donors and international NGOs with a particular focus on cross-sector partnerships between the private sector and civil society. Prior to Accenture Development Partnerships, Louise consulted within Accenture’s supply chain practice across a number of industries including chemicals, consumer goods and retail
Louise has held a number of positions including:
- Board member of Bond
- Voted one of Devex’s top international development leaders in London under age of 40 (2011)
- Independent Review Panel Member for INGO Accountability Charter
- Blueprint for Better Business Initiative: Steering Committee member 2013/14.
- Advisory Council for the INGO Techo
Iain McAndrew MInstF
Iain is a professional senior fundraising leader with significant experience in driving and managing business change across a range of UK charities and cross-sector consortia. He has extensive experience in providing direction across multiple fundraising streams, marketing & communications strategies in large, complex or diverse organisations.
Iain has worked for a number of high-profile charities including Save the Children, Guide Dogs for the Blind and RNIB. Iain has worked for a number of high-profile charities including Save the Children, Guide Dogs for the Blind and RNIB; most recently as Director of Engagement and Income Generation at Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Iain is a big blues music fan and when not working he and his guide dog Gino enjoy time in the countryside.
Trustee and Treasurer
Stuart is the Director of Finance at Bradford Council, in England. His previous roles include senior posts in the UK's welfare benefit system, including Finance Director at the Pension, Disability and Carers Service, management consultant with Deloitte, and Finance Director of a further education college in Leeds.
Stuart's interest in disability issues stems from personal experiences.
Sally is a gender equality and social inclusion consultant with expertise in conducting research and evaluation to generate evidence on sensitive issues and to capture impact in relation to complex social change. Working both internationally and in the UK, Sally’s work has primarily focused on gender inequality, but also on other forms of marginalisation and exclusion. Her expertise is primarily in qualitative methods of data collection and analysis and is particularly passionate about research ethics. Sally has extensive knowledge of DFID’s policies and practices having provided long-term cover as a Social Development Adviser in DFID’s former central research department, a Gender Adviser in DFID’s former Equity and Rights Team and as DFID’s joint lead on Violence Against Women and Girls. She is currently a Senior Social Development Advisor on DFID’s £350 million Girls’ Education Challenge Fund where she works with a range of NGOs and private sector partners. Her international development career began in India and she has since worked in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.
Bob Niven CBE
Deputy Chair and trustee since 2009
Bob is adviser to Alfanar, the Arab-led major private-public initiative to boost Arab employment in Israel, as well as to Masira, the leading organization of Arab disabled people in Israel. Other experience includes:
- Board Member of the Abraham Fund UK
- Resident adviser to the new Equal Employment Opportunities Commission in Israel (2010-2012)
- Deputy Chair at the Equal Rights Commission
- Non-Executive Director at a leading English NHS Hospitals Trust
- Chief Executive of the Disability Rights Commission
- Director of Equal Opportunities legislation and policy (gender, race in employment and education, and disability)
- He also held senior posts in the Cabinet Office and the UK’s Representation to the EU in Brussels
Jillian has over twenty years of experience in policy strategy and operations in international development in Africa and Asia. She has worked in leadership, management and advisory roles with a focus on poverty, development and human rights, especially child development, gender equity and disability rights. Jillian played a part in unleashing the girl effect movement in Ethiopia and has held a number of roles with the UK’s Department for International Development, following an early career with NGOs. She currently lives in China, where she works with the government on child poverty and social policy reform for children.
David is Chief Executive of the policy and research agency Equality Challenge Unit. He was a practicing solicitor for 21 years; latterly as Director of Legal Policy at the Equality and Human Rights Commission of Great Britain and before that as a Partner at and founder of the department of Education, Equality and Disability Law at Levenes Solicitors. He is a member of the Advisory Group of the Office for Fair Access, an equality adviser to the English FA Premier League and an independent panel member for The Equality Standard for Professional Football Clubs.
David has published and taught widely on education, disability and equality law and has been involved in numerous voluntary organisations. He was winner of RADAR’s People of the Year Award for Achievement in the Furtherance of Human Rights of Disabled People in the UK, 2002.
John is a consultant focusing at the senior levels in organisations in the fields of leadership, change management and board development, with a particular attention to organisations committed to progressive social change. His experience includes:
- Senior staff member at the Audit Commission and two large international development NGOs
- Working with several inter-governmental agencies, large social housing organisations, international development NGOs, faith-based organisations and pan-EU umbrella organisations promoting human rights.
- Trustee for a housing association, the vice-chair of a professional body, a trustee of two INGOs and is currently a trustee of two charities local to his home area.
Balakrishna Venkatesh, universally known as Venky, joined the development sector in 1980 and pioneered mainstreaming disability into existing rural development initiatives in South India way back in 1987.
In 1989 he founded Action on Disability and Development India (ADD India), now entirely managed by Indians with disabilities. He is the current chair of the organisation. To date, ADD India has partnered with about 180 NGOs to work with over 100.000 disabled people impacting their lives and the lives their families. This model has been replicated widely.
Since 1997, he is a consultant and trainer on disability rights, development and organisational development, and has worked in 29 countries.
Venky is a member of the WHO core group on the Community Based Rehabilitation Guidelines and he is the lead author for the component on Empowerment.