Meet the team

Exceptional staff supporting unique people.

We employ exceptional people to support unique individuals to stay healthy, be safe and to live well. Our 400+ employees are recruited based on their ability to put our values into practice every day and in everything that they do.

The leadership team

Our leadership team has personal experience of providing direct support to adults and children with learning disabilities, and their families. This means the day-to-day delivery of services is very real to the leadership team and we work hard to understand the developmental needs of our workforce to ensure the delivery of the best possible care and support to the people using our services.

Gabby Machell, Chief Executive Officer

Gabby Machell

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer, Gabby, has over 25 years’ management and leadership experience. She works closely with the leadership team to ensure we achieve our vision and that our values are practiced every day, in everything we do. Formally a Nurse, Support Worker, Operations Manager, and Director, she became our Chief Executive in 2006.

Directors
Andrew Bown,

Andrew Bown

Director of Finance and ACEO

Andrew is our Director of Finance and Assistant Chief Executive. After leaving university, he became a Support Worker in 1988 and over the years has had managerial responsibility for organisational fundraising, marketing, facilities management, and finance. His role is to develop and maximise our resources for the benefit of the people we support as well as ensuring we have the right infrastructure to meet the demands of a growing organisation. Andrew is committed to delivering services which optimise opportunities for people to lead full and independent lives.

020 8968 7376

abown@wspld.org

Mandy Crowford ,

Mandy Crowford

Director of Adult Services

Mandy has been our Director of Adult Services since 2009. Mandy started her professional career as a chef and once qualified she did what many chefs do, she became a support worker. Mandy uses her extensive experience to ensure we deliver high quality services, concentrating on compliance, safeguarding, and development. Mandy is driven by her desire to ensure people with learning disabilities live dignified lives where they experience life’s opportunities in all its forms and can grow, and develop and achieve their dreams and aspirations.

020 8968 7376

mcrowford@wspld.org

Shona Duncan ,

Shona Duncan

Director of Children Youth and Family Services

Shona joined us in March 2016 as Director of Children Youth and Family Services. She is responsible for providing high quality services that meet emerging needs and which are legally compliant. With a background in social work, Shona has worked with disabled children and their families since 2000. She is committed to improving life opportunities for children and young people and is passionate about inclusion and effective consultation where the voices of children and young people are heard and make a real difference to the services they receive.

020 8968 2690

sduncan@wspld.org

Olive Jones,

Olive Jones

Director of Human Resources

Olive joined the organisation in July 2017 and has worked in a number of sectors including, local authorities, housing, the NHS and brief period in the education sector. She has worked as a HR professional since the year 2000 and brings a wide range of experience. Olive enjoys a challenge and hopes to bring about changes that will support the people management agenda and ensures that the workforce is developed in order to meet future organisational needs and demands.

020 8968 7376

ojones@wspld.org

Tim MacIntyre,

Tim MacIntyre

Head of adult Services

Tim joined us in 2005, and has managed many of our services in that time. He is passionate about creativity, leadership and developing people to ensure everyone can achieve their aspirations, both people with learning disabilities and our staff. As our Head of Adult Services, he works to develop innovative tools and training programmes to meet the needs of the department. He has a particular interest in safeguarding, CQC and business continuity. Tim believes in the positive difference that everyone can make given the right support and opportunities.

020 8968 7376

tmacintyre@wspld.org

Ellie Atherton

“I was looking forward to starting volunteering as I wanted to help out in any way I could. I met lots of great people and really value the friendships I have formed since I started volunteering.”

Ellie Atherton, Volunteer Buddy