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Our People

Ideal for All is a user-led registered charity and a not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee.

Both the charity and the company are governed by a voluntary board of trustees and directors who oversee our work and are accountable to the community we serve.

A senior management team is responsible for the day-to-day operational activities of the organisation.

Ideal for All values the contributions of our trustees, members and people who use our services; their input drives the charity forward. Involving disabled people in the decision-making process at all levels is embedded in the way Ideal For All delivers its services.

What is a user-led organisation?

A user-led organisation is “one where the people the organisation represents (or provides a service to) have a majority on the Management Committee or Board, and where there is clear accountability to members and/or service users” (Morris, 2006).


Dr ‘Blind Dave’ Heeley

Our Board Members

  • Carol Goff - Chairperson
  • Doreen Veale – Vice Chairperson
  • Lindsey Bucknor - Treasurer
  • Sanjiv Verma
  • Neil Herman
  • Catherine Richards
  • Anthony Ashfield
  • Dianne Campbell
  • Kulvinder Kaur
  • Mohamed Laradi
  • Samantha Owe

Company Secretary

  • J Fallows

Senior Management Team

  • Khatija Patel – Chief Executive Officer
  • Thomas Blake – Performance and Monitoring Officer
  • Emelye Westwood –Head of Operations
  • Michelle Drinkwater – Direct Payment Manager