Say Hello To Our Staff & Trustees
Phil Stevens – Chief Executive Officer
As the CEO of Disability Action Haringey, Phil Stevens is responsible for the daily management of the organisation and reports directly to DAH’s Board of Trustees. Phil ensures the smooth running of DAH’s services, which include benefits advice, the Direct Payment Peer-To-Peer Support and Training Programme, and the Personal Care Assistant Marketing Service. Phil Stevens has campaigned both locally in Islington and nationally for disability rights since he developed a disability 18 years ago. He was previously a Trustee for Circle Support – an organisation that promotes and supports disabled people to live both independently and in supported housing – Phil is currently the Chair of the Metropolitan Police Independent Disability Advisory Panel. In 2018 Phil gained his law degree at the University of London Birkbeck. He was raised in Kent and moved to London 26 years ago. He is married, with seven children and four grandchildren. His passion is everything equestrian and canine.
Patricia Charlesworth - Trustee
Hi my name is Patricia Charlesworth I am 74 Years Old. I was a member of the Working Group, and am a Founding member of Disability Action Haringey. I am a person with a Learning Disability, I am part of a lot of organizations that work with and empower people with Learning disability to speak up for themselves.
At the beginning of 2020, Graham and a working group of disabled people and council officers joined forces to create a new Deaf and Disabled People's Organisation in Haringey. Graham was not only one of the first Trustees, but is also currently Chair, a job which includes many daily challenges. Graham’s passion is championing the voices of disabled people in Haringey, and he is eager to get DAH off the ground. In his personal time, Graham plays wheelchair tennis at the local sports centre.
Andrew Carpenter has been a Trustee of DAH since May 2021 and lives in Tottenham. He is autistic and is experienced in the health and social care sector, where he has been both an employee and self-employed. Andrew initially supported people with learning disabilities in gaining access to Direct Payments, developing strategies for making their lives more manageable by providing them with choice and control in an accessible way. While he was self-employed for 15 years, Andrew provided training on personalisation, support planning, support brokerage and autism. Since then, Andrew has worked for two London councils in the capacity of Programme Manager, developing strategies for dementia and autism. In the past, he’s been on the Board of Directors for HAIL in Haringey. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys the peace and quiet of a long walk while keeping himself entertained by listening to the odd comedy podcast.
As a Trustee for DAH, Jade initially started volunteering in May 2021. Her past work experience includes being an employee in mainstream and specialist education provisions for five years, where she worked with young people who had disabilities in roles such as coordinator, teacher, team leader, and safeguarding officer. Her current role is in adult social care as an Autism Hub Coordinator. Jade earned her degrees in Fine Art, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, as well as Special and Inclusive Education. She also volunteers for an assistance dog charity in her capacity as Accessibility and Content Manager, and she has written a book chapter to be published next year, the topic of which is a project concerning autistic school staff. Jade’s current hobby is dog training, since she is in the process of training her own assistance dog.