Board of trustees

We are an organisation with a close-working, diverse staff group delivering our various projects, and our Board of Trustees reflects our ethos of teamwork, co-operation and good communication. If you are interested in becoming a trustee, see our volunteering page.

Sade Alade (Chair)

Sade joined the Board of Elfrida Rathbone Camden in 2006 and subsequently became Chair. Sade is an Early Intervention and Prevention Area Manager at Waltham Forest Council who has worked on issues concerning vulnerable children, young people and families in both the voluntary and public sector for more than 10 years. She has recently resumed the role of Chair after a period of Maternity Leave.

Hazel Saunders (Vice Chair)

Hazel joined the ERC management committee in 2002 and is the longest serving current board member, helping to steer the organisation though several strategic reviews and decision-making periods. Hazel is a Camden resident with background in community development, working at senior level in a range of local disability charities and community groups.

Angela Bell

Angela works as a consultant for the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education, delivering training and advice to community groups who run educational activities for their children after school and at weekends.  She has been an English teacher and Deputy Head Teacher in London comprehensive schools, and was Education Director for Westway Development Trust from 1999 to 2007.  She volunteers on the Advisory Group of Axis Educational Trust and as an advice worker with Carers Trust Thames.

Debbie Ladds

Debbie has a strong track record of delivering multi-million pound initiatives for Government and in funding and supporting organisations and individuals. Until 2016 Debbie was the Chief Executive at Local Trust. Debbie is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Chartered Management Institute, she has a background in the voluntary and community sector, particularly with community development, youth and disability charities.

Lizzie Streeter

Lizzie has over 10 years’ experience within the voluntary, health and local government sectors.  She currently manages a national pilot of Personal Health Budgets with Looked After Children and young people with mental health needs at NHS England. She has also worked at several national children’s charities managing projects with young disabled people. Lizzie is experienced in engagement and co-production with children and young people, and previously led on strategy and participation at Camden Council. 

Kate Fairhurst

Kate has valuable experience working in Parliament, a high-profile membership organisation and the Greater London Authority in policy roles. She also has over seven years’ experience writing Special Educational Needs (SEN) statements and Education Health and Care Plans. Whilst working in Parliament, Kate worked for Cheryl Gillan MP, who passed the 2009 Autism Act. Through her interest in this, Kate went onto work with national and local autism charities; building contacts, organising events, and formulating policy documents. In her current role at the Greater London Authority, she works with high profile stakeholders on policy issues concerning London, including political figures, businesses, charities and lobbyists.

Catherine Capaldi

Catherine was a Camden young disabled person who played a prominent role in the development of the charity. She had been a service user and went on to become an employee in our ground-breaking Young People For Inclusion project. Catherine was active in a number of local disability and inclusion charities and joined the board of ERC in 2014. Sadly, Catherine passed away in 2019. See our tribute to her here.

Neil McDonald

Neil is a Retail Manager at John Lewis Oxford Street who has over 20 years’ experience of managing large teams. Previously Neil was seconded to ERC and played a significant role in fundraising for the centenary celebrations of our founder. Neil brings to the Management Committee valuable knowledge and expertise from his commercial experience.

Alan Ward

We are pleased to announce our new trustee, Alan Ward. Alan is currently the Finance & Risk Manager at a global, multi-stakeholder non-profit organisation and brings a wealth of experience in financial leadership and risk management within the non-profit and charity sectors to the Board of ERC.

Fabian van Essen

Fabian is a Professor of Inclusive and Special Education at IU International University of Applied Sciences. His academic work focuses on inclusion and self-determination in the context of learning disabilities, and on diversity in early childhood education. He is also Head of Innovation of the German Institute of Inclusive Education, which provides qualifications for people with learning disabilities to become fully paid lecturers. Fabian was Head of Programmes for EDUCATION Y, one of Germany’s largest education charities.