Who we are Meet the team Board and Staff Breakthrough UK Board Jackie Driver Jackie has been recognised by both The List and Shaw Trust's Power 100 List as one of the UK’s most influential disabled people. She holds a senior role at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, leading programmes on identity based violence, hate crime, freedom of expression, diversity in broadcasting, disproportionate stop and search, and LGBT equality. She has been secretary to the Board of Trustees of Manchester Deaf Centre and advisor to the Homes and Communities agency on equality and diversity. She is currently part of a Fundamental Rights Agency experts’ platform aimed at addressing hate crime across Europe, and supports an international research project into people with learning disabilities in the criminal justice system. Jackie is also a board member of the Deaf Education Advocacy Partnership. Kirit Patel Kirit is a manager and trainer with over 20 years’ experience working in the voluntary and community sector. Previous roles include leading Oxfam’s Race Equality Programme in England, Services Manager for the Black Health Agency (now BHA); managing the Kath Locke Centre (part of the Big Life Group); and as Project Co-ordinator for Southern Voices promoting global education and equality issues in schools and communities. Kirit is a member of the Steady State Manchester, a policy group interested in a viable and sustainable regional economy; West Point Residents' Association; and Can-Survive UK, a cancer support charity for ethnic minorities in Manchester. In 2018, Kirit completed a part-time MA in Creative Education at the University of Salford. Councillor Basil Curley Basil is a Councillor for Charlestown ward in North Manchester, and an employee of Manchester College. He is Chair of the Communities and Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Committee and is closely involved with Work Solutions. He is a champion of dignity and care and his main focus is on people who have mental health issues, giving support where it is needed whilst showing personal respect to people in all the different circumstances. Previously, Basil has been Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, and Housing. He organised a partnership of Manchester NHS Trusts and the Primary Care Trust to investigate employment opportunities for local people. Richard Currie Richard has been actively involved in politics and social change for over 10 years, with organisations including the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Crown Prosecution Service, and Greater Manchester Coalition for Disabled People. He was a board member for the Right to Control Area Partnership. Richard undertook a two year Policy Internship with Breakthrough and has supported us with projects including the Office of Disability Issues fundraising discussion paper. Richard is also a member of the Disability Design Reference Group (DDRG). He is a seasoned traveller and enjoys checking out travel services for wheelchair users in other countries. He has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in international relations and politics. Nik Noone For the last 14 years Nik has worked in management or senior executive positions within the voluntary sector. Since April 2014 she has been the CEO of Galop, the leading UK LGBT anti-violence, abuse and discrimination charity. She sits on various groups including the Ministry of Justice’s Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime, the Crown Prosecution Service’s Hate Crime Scrutiny panel and the Metropolitan Police Service’s LGBT Advisory Group. Nik has been involved in various LGBT organisations either in a paid or voluntary capacity. She also worked in Hackney as Director of a charity that supported young people with mental health issues, ensuring some of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK had access to appropriate services. She has Masters in Business and a Post Graduate Diploma in Law. Vivienne Stone Vivienne Stone has spent over 30 years working to promote the Social Model of Disability and encourage others to implement its ideas. Her work for Local Authorities in the North West included leading on positive action in employment for disabled people, and the Greater Manchester Travel Voucher Scheme. She has also worked as Partnerships Manager for the Disability Rights Commission. Vivienne recently retired from the Equality and Human Rights Commission where she worked as Deputy Director of Disability Programmes. She has worked to integrate disability issues within the Commission’s programme of work, and on the Disability Related Harassment Inquiry. Vivienne has been a member of Manchester Disability Forum, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People and Manchester Disabled Women’s Group. Learning from her disabled peers continues to underpin Vivienne’s personal and professional life. Martin Bretts Prior to a spinal injury in 2016, Martin had a 30 year career in the IT industry, working in senior sales and marketing roles for a variety of organisations both in the UK and Europe. In addition, he has started, built and sold his own IT company. Since finishing rehabilitation for his injury and retiring from full time work, Martin has been a volunteer and Chairperson at Shopmobility Manchester. He is currently a member of the Disability Design Reference Group which advises Transport for Greater Manchester on how to provide an inclusive, barrier-free access to public transport in Greater Manchester. He was recently appointed as a magistrate for the family court in Manchester. Outside of work, Martin is a lifelong Watford FC fan and is enjoying getting to know the city of Manchester having moved here in 2016. Jane Bevan Jane has extensive experience working in the voluntary and public sector in Greater Manchester, particularly in social welfare and equality law. Until November 2017 she was Head of Disability Programmes for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). Previously she was Programme Head for International and European Policy at the Commission. She led a number of substantial and successful work programmes at the EHRC focussing on disability policy and international human rights and equality law and spanning England, Scotland and Wales. Jane has extensive experience of stakeholder engagement and has engaged with Permanent Representatives to the United Nations, Ministers, Chairs of Equality Bodies and National Human Rights Institutions, Members of Parliament and of the European Parliament and senior members of the European Commission. Jane is a governor at Oldham Sixth Form College with lead governor responsibility for equality and safeguarding. In her current role she coordinates a Body, Mind and Well-being project in Oldham. Jane has a particular interest in mental well being and is training to be a Reiki practitioner. Samantha Pearsall Samantha is a profoundly Deaf British Sign Language user. Originally from the Northeast, she then moved to Manchester working in Forensic Secure Units all at different levels of security and risk. She then moved to the Isle of Wight, working in a Deaf care home as a deputy manager, before returning to Manchester to pursue a career with national charity Signhealth as an Outreach manager. Samantha has been actively involved in the Deaf care sector for more than 11 years, working within the Deaf forensic mental health environment. Samantha’s background knowledge includes working with Deaf people living with dementia, challenging behaviour, mental health and people who have been part of the criminal justice system. She is currently Service Manager for Signhealth, and manages two services. Samantha is actively involved in LGBT+ equality and outside of work enjoys music concerts that are accessible via a BSL interpreter and socialising with family and friends. David Coulter Jennifer Daniels Gemma Nash Stacey Stanhope Senior Management Team Michele Scattergood - Chief Executive Peter Jackson - Deputy Chief Executive Elaine Astley - Policy and Research Officer Jennifer Halfpenny - Operational Services Manager We also have a team of dedicated Employment and Independence Advisers who work directly with our clients – disabled people in Greater Manchester – providing personalised support.