We are governed by a Board of Trustees, our day to day operations are run by our dedicated team with the support of our amazing volunteers and professionals that work with us.
All our Trustees have families with ADHD or related neuro conditions and so fully understand the challenges and opportunities for those with ADHD.
Annette Wilson – Chair and Founder
Annette is our Chair of the Board of Trustees. She set up ADHD Embrace (previously ADHD Richmond & Kingston) in 2002 to create a support community for parents of children and young people with ADHD and to promote a better understanding of ADHD. She has two children and, as a parent of a son with ADHD, is passionate about providing parents and professionals with knowledge and support to help children and young people with ADHD excel.
Annette is a chartered accountant and spent her working career in financial services & investment management. Today she is actively involved in the tech start-up and scale-up space. In addition to her involvement with ADHD Embrace, she is also Chair of the Air Cadets, 39F Barnes and Richmond Squadron and previously was school governor and Founding Chair of another local charity.
Dav Frank – Treasurer
Dav is our Treasurer and a Trustee of ADHD Embrace, joining us in February 2021. He has two young boys, one who received an ASD diagnosis at an early age. He believes that, with the right support, children, parents, families and communities can ensure our neuro diverse groups thrive and not just survive. Dav has had an extensive career within banking & financial services as COO, CFO and director, also previously served as Treasurer Trustee of CVS Richmond, another key Richmond based charity.
Clare Mullane – Secretary
Clare is our Secretary and a Trustee. She been involved with ADHD Embrace since 2018. She has two children, where her son has ADHD. With a young family, she is very aware of the challenges of balancing the demands of home and work for ADHD families. Clare previously worked in a large telecommunications group, where she focused on change management.
Iain Reid – Trustee
Iain has been involved with ADHD Embrace since around 2010. He has five children and has a son and a daughter with ADHD. He understands the importance of providing different levels of support to children and young people with ADHD as they grow up. He is retired from the business world and when not working for ADHD Embrace is an amateur actor with The Questors Theatre in Ealing.
Miranda Lewis – Trustee
Miranda joined the Board in October 2020. She has been involved with ADHD Embrace since around March 2020. She lives in Barnes and has two children; her younger son has ADHD. Miranda brings extensive experience in research, evaluation and the voluntary sector and has previously served as a Trustee and Chair of CVS Richmond.
Tim Cooper – Trustee
Tim joined the Board in October 2020. He has been involved with ADHD Embrace since around 2013. He has two children, where his son has ADHD. Tim has worked in publishing and education businesses during his career and brings extensive experience in operations including having led digital transformations.
Annette Wilson – Chief Executive
Annette provides day to day leadership to the team and oversees the services and projects that we deliver to our community. This involves working side by side with the Team and being hands on to ensure that its finances, IT, operations and communications activity hangs together and leads our fundraising and advocacy work. The role of Chief Executive is performed on a pro bono basis.
Rebecca Clake – Operations Manager
Rebecca leads the day to day operational activities of ADHD Embrace including coordinating volunteers and service providers. Rebecca is a mum of two children, with her son having ADHD. Prior to joining us, Rebecca had been actively involved in the education and voluntary sector in Richmond for 8 years, where she was formerly a Trustee of Homestart and a long-standing volunteer with Skylarks. Before that she had a career focusing on HR in the corporate world.
Sonja Whitticase – Marketing Manager
Sonja joined ADHD Embrace in 2021 and manages all the marketing and communications activities. Sonja has 3 young boys; her eldest son has ADHD. Sonja is passionate about helping others experience the wonderful support like she did with her son’s diagnosis. Sonja has extensive marketing experience spanning 20 years from multinational brands to running her own small business.
Tracey Conn – Development Manager
Tracey joined us in 2021 to ensure the integrity of ADHD Embrace’s user and financial data. In her role she is responsible for the Charity’s IT, financial and fundraising infrastructure. Tracey has over 20 years experience as a business analyst and business manager in the financial services sector. More recently she worked a director of an IT consultancy company. She has a personal interest ADHD and is grateful to be able to contribute to a charity that advocates and educates for and on behalf of people with ADHD .
Jemma Davis – Operations Coordinator
Jemma is our new Operations Coordinator and will be one of the first points of contact for all of our community who contact us – often seeking help, support and guidance. She is a mother to three children, with her teenage son having ADHD and has a passion for helping others and providing parents with the best information to help with their ADHD journeys – having gone through it all herself..
Jonathan Rourke – Education Liaison
Jonathan is involved as our Education Liaison lead and volunteer. He is a guru in all things education and SEN. His knowledge has helped countless families. He has been directly involved with ADHD Embrace since 2018 and served on the Board of Trustees until August 2020. Prior to that he indirectly was involved in supporting families of children with additional needs in Richmond and Kingston for the last 15 years.
Valerie Ivens – Family Support
Val leads our Family Support work where she runs our monthly Post Diagnosis workshops and the one-to-one advice clinics for families. She has been involved with ADHD Embrace since the early years and for many years managed its activities until 2017 when she stood down from this role. Val is a champion for ADHD awareness actively promoting the interests of parents and their children with ADHD. When not working for ADHD Embrace, Val runs a consultancy practice as an ADHD REACH Coach.
Our organisation could not run without the help of our volunteers! We hugely benefit from the immense skills and contributions that they make to us, which are varied and diverse. Some have a family connection to ADHD, whilst others have learnt more about the condition through their voluntary work for us.
We always welcome new volunteers and strive to match the skills and time of volunteers to the tasks that need doing. If you are willing to help or know of anyone that would be interested in volunteering, please see our current vacancies or just get in touch – there may be an opportunity for you that is not advertised! We provide great opportunities, a fun working environment and a fulfilling sense of understanding and contribution into the world of ADHD and neurodiversity. Meet some of our current volunteers:
Clair Sullivan – IT Volunteer
Clair has led the build of our IT platform to support our activities as we grow. We wouldn’t be able to operate without the platform she has worked tirelessly to create. She is a mum of two children, with one of her sons being ADHD. Clair had been actively involved with ADHD Embrace since July 2019 initially as our lead Communications volunteer and then as our first employee as Operations Manager until April 2021.
George Tate – Video Editing
George has been involved in video production ever since he was making films with friends back in school, and has been supporting us with the management and editing our video recordings of the many webinars we produce. “Having been diagnosed with ADHD as a child and then again as an adult, I understand first hand the difficulties that people have dealing with ADHD, and that’s why I was eager to take on the opportunity to be a part of ADHD Embrace and help those people in need.”
Sallie Crook – Partnerships & Grants
Sallie’s son was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 15 after many years of challenges at school. She was concerned that ADHD was so poorly understood in an educational environment and decided to get involved to help bring about change through donating her time to ADHD Embrace. She believes that through training and greater awareness teaching staff could better identify and understand ADHD. Sallie has been a critical part of our fundraising and partnerships work.
Tamsin Crook – Meet-ups Facilitator
Tamsin became involved with ADHD Embrace after she got so much from the seminars during the early days of her kids’ diagnoses. Tamsin is the mother of teens now and leads our Meet-up for the parents of teens, which has been very well attended thanks to the success of her forum. “It’s so helpful for parents to be able to talk to other parents in a similar situation. It’s nice to be able to give back to an organisation that supports so many people.”
Christine Okotie – Administration
Christine started volunteering for ADHD Embrace in 2021 and is providing administrative support to our Operations Manager. She has over 20 years’ experience in retail and as a beneficiary of the wonderful service of the NHS, she has always wanted to give back to the larger community. “ADHD Embrace is such an invaluable support to the community.”
Dawn Lewis - Communications
Following her late ADHD diagnosis in her 40s – after reading and learning obsessively about ADHD and autism in order to support her own children – Dawn wanted to give back to the ADHD community by volunteering for the communications team. She has been an invaluable asset in contributing to the newsletter which goes out to hundreds of families every month.
Fatima Alroubai – Finance
Fatima joined the finance team in April 2021 and has been an invaluable contributor ever since. She has two children of thirteen and fifteen. Her eldest son has ADHD and joining the charity helped her to understand more about ADHD and access all the resources available to her has ‘opened my eyes on how to deal with my son’.
Marc Masegur – Finance
Marc arrived from Spain in 2018 and was keen to get to know his local community and began volunteering with ADHD Embrace supporting our finance record keeping until recently.” Volunteering for ADHD R&K is a great opportunity to be involve in a wonderful charity with a huge value for many people. When I started as a volunteer it was a small and proud association, now it becomes a really valuable charity. During all this process, I have learnt a lot and I feel very glad of it. “
Comfort Eboh – Fundraising
Comfort provides support on some of our fundraising activities and started volunteering for us because she understood the challenges of ADHD through her previous career as a teacher – “I thought it would be a great place to volunteer and support the work that needs to be done.”