Geraldine Des Moulins, Possability People

Geraldine has worked in the third sector for over 25 years. Throughout her career she has been passionate about empowering people to become involved, always putting service users at the centre of all activities. She was delighted to join Possability People as its Chief Officer in 2007. Geraldine works strategically with all stakeholders and strives to ensure that the organisation is effectively positioned and is financially able to meet the aspirations of its membership.

Rebecca Smicle, Independent Lives

Rebecca joined Independent Lives in 2004 after starting her career supporting disabled children and adults in community settings. Following this she worked in Hounslow, West London, first supporting the conversion of a sheltered employment institute into a centre offering a better range of life options for local people. Rebecca then went on to support people into paid employment through the New Deal for Disabled People. Rebecca's current role as Chief Executive gives her the ability to work with disabled people to develop and improve services and to create strategies to increase all citizens’ access to choice, control and to live independent lives.

Ian Loynes, Spectrum Centre for Independent Living
Ian joined SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living in 1994 to develop Direct Payments Support Services, and became Chief Executive in 1998. Ian is actively involved with several other organisations controlled by Disabled People, including Disability Rights UK. He has also served on a number of influential bodies, locally, regionally & nationally.

Clive Wood, Surrey Disabled People's Partnership
Clive has been Chief Executive at Surrey Disabled People’s Partnership since 2008. this organisation has developed to be one of the largest regional disabled people’s organisations in the UK, providing a diverse range of services. Clive feels passionately that disabled people and carers have a pivotal role in the design and development of services that ensure independent living. Clive is also a Board member of the Surrey ULO Project Board, Woking Community Transport and a member of the National Rail Accessibility Forum. Previously to his current role, he worked within various voluntary sector posts including a policy role within Guide Dogs..

Carol Pearson, Surrey Coalition of Disabled People
Carol joined Surrey Users Network as its Coordinator in 2005 and helped the organisation change its name and construction to become Surrey Coalition of Disabled People in 2007. She has been its Chief Executive since then. Surrey Coalition is the voice of disabled people in Surrey and is the central point for engagement between disabled people and our core funder, Surrey County Council, and all other public bodies in Surrey. This ensures the involvement of disabled people in the co-production of strategies and services affecting their lives. Within Surrey, Carol also chairs the User Led Organisations Project Board to deliver information and services for disabled people through the 8 Surrey Hubs, on behalf of Surrey County Council. Prior to working for a Disabled People’s Organisation, Carol spent most of her career of 27 years in senior management roles within the NHS.