Disabled Staff Community

The Disabled Staff Community represents Academic and Professional Services staff and welcomes anyone who considers themselves as having a disability or those who support someone with a disability as defined in the Equality Act 2010.

Disabled Staff Community

The Disabled Staff Community is open to all university staff who identify as disabled, to further include staff providing care roles and allies.

Members are invited to take support and inspiration from group meetings and events. In return members are asked to promote network values, aims and objectives. Members are additionally asked to proactively encourage staff, that identify as disabled or allies, to join the network and share any information relevant to the network.

Our Aims

  1. Provide a safe space: To establish a supportive and confidential forum, for the sharing of personal experiences, networking and discussing the issues that affect disabled persons employed by the university.
  2. Encourage a creative space: To debate issues arising, foster solutions and submit recommendations via the Equality Diversity and Inclusion, Committee.
  3. Enable improvement: To provide input directly from key stakeholders, to inform the development of institutional policies and practices relating to disabled stakeholders across the university.

  4. Promote advancement: To promote the interests of disabled staff, allies and to raise awareness of intersectional issues arising in relation to equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Our Values

  1. Opportunity, realising opportunities for disabled persons within the university by showcasing community achievements. Improving accessibility through enhanced stakeholder awareness and promotion of support requirements. Improving representation through enhanced promotion of the university as a Disability Confident Employer.
  2. Recognition, identifying and celebrating the achievements and successes of our staff, and disabled persons within the wider community. Demonstrating and promoting what is possible. Establishing a portfolio to present for prospective employers, partners, and members, cataloguing the successes of the community and clarifying the support required to make it happen.
  3. Empowerment, inspiring members, and allies to strive for progress in their own careers. Showcasing skills and ambitions, telling stories. Developing an understanding of the challenges faced to inspire members to reflect and have the conversations needed to achieve their ambitions.

Executive Committee

The role of the executive committee is to lead and undertake the work of the network and represent the network, both internally and externally. The executive committee consists of the following officers:


The Co-chairs are elected to lead the network. With responsibility for strategic delivery and representation of the networks aims. Co-chairs maintain a democratic aspect to network leadership, support for all aspects of leadership and professional representation, internally and externally.

Our Co-chairs:

  • Matthew Nadau
  • Alan Dudley

Executive officers 

Executive Officers are required to provide specialist support and develop their role within the executive committee. These members may present intersectional identities and provide support, sharing and celebrating comms across other internal networks. Additionally, their specialisms may relate to a specific area of disability or disabled staff equality and inclusion, in terms of policy and activism. Members may also contribute skills from their area of work, considering all functional areas of the university, to support the network.

Our Executive Officers:

  • Jo Harrington
  • Beverley Woodhams
  • Maira Pasmaki
  • James Chick
  • Pam Brown
  • Melanie Thorley
  • Mostafa Azzi
  • Tin Doan
  • Vikki Wood

If you would like to learn more or join our staff community, please email us at: disability@greenwich.ac.uk