The Disability Resource Centre is governed by a board of Trustees who meet six times a year. The majority of the Trustees have personal experience of living with a disability or caring for someone with a disability. They use their knowledge to advise the management team.
We are very pleased that Andrew, Duke of Bedford has been our patron for a number of years, and we are very grateful for his support.
Chair – Nadia Deadman
Acting Chair – Jill Pick
Vice-Chair – Frank Beck
Treasurer – Terry Garthwaite
Trustees – Cathy Ross, Kay Taylor, Andrew Buckley, Bob Graham, Sandra Brown.
Nadia Deadman: Chair of the Board of Trustees
Nadia has had a career in the Health Service spanning 42 years, which included managerial roles in Customer Care and Litigation. Nadia is a wheelchair user and loves travelling and enjoyed a world cruise in 2013. Nadia is a founding Trustee, and was Vice Chair of the organisation from 1994, until she became Chair in 2001. In addition to her work at The Disability Resource Centre, Nadia works part-time for the HM Courts and Tribunal Service as Lay Member. Nadia’s vision is that The Disability Resource Centre can help disabled people to gain independence, and have the same opportunities as non-disabled people.
Jill Pick: Acting chair of Board of Trustees
Jill is a retired social worker, leading a specialist Visual Impairment team until her retirement in 2009. Jill was the organisation’s Development Officer in 1993, and therefore its first employee. As Development Officer, Jill was responsible for setting up the organisation as a charity, finding and securing our premises, establishing partners and creating our first public facing services of Disability Information and Equipment Advice. Jill has been a Trustee of the organisation for over 20 years.
Frank Beck – Vice Chair of Board of Trustees
My professional background is mostly in management consulting, with over 17 years’ experience in developing strategies, organisational change and communications across various sectors in the UK and overseas. This has ranged from developing a Transformation Routemap for a UK council to counting telegraph poles in the snow-covered Hungarian countryside. Also, a client once paid for me to fly out to Jamaica to hold a one-day workshop and only two people turned up!
I live with my wife, daughter and very lazy cat just outside Tring, Herts. I am now semi-retired and looking to contribute whatever I can to worthwhile charities such as the DRC.
Terry Garthwaite: Treasurer
Terry is a chartered accountant with experience in industry both as an executive finance director of a FTSE 250 company, but more recently as a non-executive director of 3 public companies, chairing their audit committees.
Baerbel Dennis: Trustee
I am a qualified FCCA MBA IFA and have worked for large quoted companies as Financial Controller and also as an auditor for over 10 years.
During the MBA I have written my thesis with the main focus on marketing, research and development.
I am currently studying to become a qualified level 5 Reflexologiist I was a carer for my husband for over two years
Cathy Ross: Trustee
Cathy’s association with The Disability Resource Centre predates the actual charity, as Cathy was the person who led the preliminary work to understand the needs of local disabled people, to justify the need for a Centre. Originating from Ireland, and with over 40 years’ experience working for the NHS, Cathy specialised in Community Engagement.
Dr. Kay Taylor: Trustee
Kay lectured in human genetics at University College London until retiring due to ill health in 2000. She has been a trustee at The Disability Resource Centre for over 8 years, with a special interest in our website and marketing. Kay lives in Bedford, and is Chair of Trustees at the Beds and Northants MS Therapy Centre
Andrew Buckley: Trustee
Andrew is a practising solicitor in Bedford, who specialises in Employment Law, becoming a Partner in 2004. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates. Andrew is an enthusiastic sportsman and excels in Martial Arts. Andrew has been a Trustee for nearly three years.
Bob Graham: Trustee
Bob has been a Journalist for 48 years and has worked for six different National Newspapers, including one in North America. He also trained at local and regional newspapers as well as co-authoring and ghost-writing several books, including one with Nelson Mandela.
In the past 20 years, as a Freelance Journalist working on commission for The Sunday Times and The Mail on Sunday, he has covered war-zones and regime change throughout the world as well as investigating widespread corruption and wrong-doing. He is married with three grown-up children and became disabled after suffering a stroke in September, 2013.
Sandra Brown: Trustee
Sandra has had many years working in HR Management in the high technology and communications sectors as well as the Service Sector. She is a visiting Lecturer in the Business and Management School of the University of Bedfordshire, has an HR and Coaching Consultancy, is a Fellow of CIPD, a Membership Assessor, Branch Committee Member and an HR Mentor. Her experience in the not-for-profit sector has been gained over the last 20 years where she has fulfilled a variety of roles and is currently also a member of the Management Committee of Luton Law Centre.