Who Are We

This page contains information about the people involved in Disability Inclusion's day-to-day work, as well as partner disabled business owners with whom we are currently working or have done in the past.

Theresa Hodge is founder and Managing Director of Disability Inclusion.  She has over 20 years experience of working in the disability field, in both paid and voluntary roles.  She has chaired two Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations - the Hastings and Rother Disability Forum, and the East Sussex Direct Payments Peer Support Network.

Theresa has worked in a number of administrative roles for the statutory and voluntary sector, and as a Development Worker for East Sussex Disability Association.  This role involved setting up and co-ordinating forums of disabled people discussing employment related issues, as well as researching the gaps in employment services for disabled people and their experiences of access to education.

Since 2004, Theresa has worked as an independent disability equality trainer and consultant, providing services to voluntary, statutory and private sector organisations. These include: disability equality training, research into the experiences of disabled people using public sector services, event organization, and transcription of material into accessible formats.

Having managed an East Sussex demonstrator site project to help local organizations working with disabled people and their carers to develop as user-led organisations, Theresa now manages a South-East based network of Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations which was set up in 2011 to enable members to communicate and learn from each other in order to build the capacity of user-led organisations around the South-East.

Telephone Number:
0333 5779874 or 07967 622405
E-mail Address:
theresa@disabilityinclusion.co.uk
Website Address:
http://www.disabilityinclusion.co.uk
Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/Disability-Inclusion-CIC

An integral part of the Great Britain wheelchair basketball squad for 10 years, Kristina is a two-time Paralympic athlete. She competed in both the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. In addition to a bronze medal at European Championships, Kristina has since won two silver medals at World Cup. She retired from sport in 2008 becoming Amnesty International's Paralympic ambassador during the Beijing Games.

In 2012 she was selected as torchbearer, helping to carry the Paralympic flame from Stoke Mandeville to the Olympic Park. In the same year she managed to combine her love of sport with her work as an artist, earning her the London 2012 Inspire Mark for her project Beyond the Torch Run.

Kristina has over 15 years experience working with disabled people in a range of settings. She has worked as an independent trainer and consultant for 4 years. Her previous work included roles as advocate, participation worker, trainer and access advisor. Clients have included: East Sussex County Council, Sussex Police, Towner Gallery, occupational therapists, Chailey Heritage School, Treloars College, Department of Children, Schools and Families, Tourism South East, East Sussex Disability Association. Drawing on this and her Paralympic experience, she offers a unique perspective and approach to disability issues.

Kristina offers the following services:

Consultancy

  • Report writing
  • Consultation/participation and evaluation
  • Access and Inclusion
  • Customer service, employee engagement and experience
  • Developing policies and working practices
  • Writing articles, guidance and publications

Workshops

  • ParalympicsD
  • Disability Politics
  • Disability Awareness
  • Positive Disabled role Models
  • Confidence building

Training

  • Disability Equality
  • Advocacy with disabled children and young people
  • Communicating with disabled children

Public Speaking

  • School assemblies
  • Keynote speeches
  • Presentations
Telephone Number:
01323 893102
E-mail Address:
kristinaveasey@yahoo.co.uk
Website Address:
Facebook Page:

Charles spent his career working in the NHS, the last seven years of which were as a board level director of strategic planning. During his career he was responsible for the estate function of a £200 million NHS trust. Charles has been a non-executive director within the NHS since November 2009.

In 2006 Charles had to retire due to the progression of multiple sclerosis. As a consequence of his disability, and previous work experience he became interested in all aspects of disabled access, equality training and associated areas. Charles has worked in public and private sector settings undertaking a range of access consultancy including access audits and design appraisals. This has included many buildings: listed historical properties, GP surgeries and complex hospitals with a value of £500 million. Charles is currently involved in a large training project at two London teaching hospitals which involves running workshops to enhance disability awareness of staff and improving access to services and facilities.

Telephone Number:
E-mail Address:
charles@cdellis.co.uk
Website Address:
http://www.cdellis.co.uk
Facebook Page:

Andrew is an experienced disabled professional with a proven track record of management success in the private, public and voluntary sectors. He now provides bespoke consultancy and training solutions for organisations seeking to make a significant contribution to the full inclusion of disabled people within their workforce and customer base.

Andrew is a fully qualified (FCIPD) Human Resources specialist and has held a number of senior appointments for a diverse range of organisations including Shell International Oil, the NHS, HM Land Registry and, most recently, East Sussex County Council.

In 1993, Andrew set up his own successful training consultancy specialising in Disability Equality and Diversity at both a strategic and operational level. As a result of this work, Andrew was appointed as an Associate of the Business Disability Forum, and he now continues to use his professional expertise and direct experience of disability to advise and support a number of organisations including East Sussex County Council, the Royal Pavilion and Museums in Brighton, and Surrey Coalition of Disabled People.

Andrew is based in Eastbourne, but his work takes him all over southern England including the London area. His passion outside work is community and professional theatre, and he is an established director at the Stables Theatre in Hastings.

Telephone Number:
01323 761763
E-mail Address:
andrewbruce305@btinternet.com
Website Address:
Facebook Page:

Theresa Hodge is founder and Managing Director of Disability Inclusion.  She has over 20 years experience of working in the disability field, in both paid and voluntary roles.  She has chaired two Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations - the Hastings and Rother Disability Forum, and the East Sussex Direct Payments Peer Support Network.

Theresa has worked in a number of administrative roles for the statutory and voluntary sector, and as a Development Worker for East Sussex Disability Association.  This role involved setting up and co-ordinating forums of disabled people discussing employment related issues, as well as researching the gaps in employment services for disabled people and their experiences of access to education.

Since 2004, Theresa has worked as an independent disability equality trainer and consultant, providing services to voluntary, statutory and private sector organisations. These include: disability equality training, research into the experiences of disabled people using public sector services, event organization, and transcription of material into accessible formats.

Having managed an East Sussex demonstrator site project to help local organizations working with disabled people and their carers to develop as user-led organisations, Theresa now manages a South-East based network of Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations which was set up in 2011 to enable members to communicate and learn from each other in order to build the capacity of user-led organisations around the South-East.

Telephone Number:
0333 5779874
E-mail Address:
theresa@disabilityinclusion.co.uk
Website Address:
http://www.disabilityinclusion.co.uk
Facebook Page:

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