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.

Hazel Saunders (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.

Sade Alade

Sade joined the Board of Elfrida Rathbone Camden in 2006. 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.

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.

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

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.

George Jackson

George Jackson is a solicitor in the City, and brings his experience in legal and administrative matters to the board of Elfrida Rathbone Camden.

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.

Mei-Yee Man Oram

Mei joined the Board in May 2022. Mei is passionate about accessibility and inclusion, and is the Access and Inclusive Environments Lead at Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering firm working in the built environment.  Mei evaluates the accessibility and inclusivity of the built environment in relation to the local and national requirements, social / cultural setting, and best practice. As part of her work, she also considers the changing trends and demographics of our societies to address future requirements of a diverse population. Outside of work, she is passionate about nature and volunteers in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.