Meet the team

Chief Executive - David Coe

David Coe is the Chief Executive

David joined AFK as Chief Executive in Febuary 2021. Over his career, he has implemented growth and change strategies for a variety of charities, both as Chief Executive and as a consultant. Most recently he was Chief Executive of the Fairbanking Foundation. Prior to that David was Interim CEO of WAGGGS, the global movement for Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting and Executive Director of Abbeyfield International (independent living and care homes provider), Director General of the International Psychoanalytical Association, and Executive Director of Orbis (blindness prevention organisation). Here he led the organisational transition from ‘Flying Eye Hospital’ to land-based blindness prevention programmes.


David has worked with disability previously, working on the introduction of communal housing for young people at Abbeyfield International and a change management programme at the National Austistic Society among other causes. David is passionate about supporting young people to live independent, fulfilling lives.

Meet our Senior Management Team

Katie Cavanagh

Fundraising & Communications Director

Rachel Akehurst

Executive Director of Services (currently on maternity leave).

Ryan Tring


Finance & Corporate Services Director

Kate Jackson

Kate Jackson


Interim Director of Services

Meet our Fundraising & Communications Team

Lyn Prodger

Lyn Prodger

Corporate Partnerships Manager

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Stella Howells

Trusts & Foundations Manager

Lottie Judge

Events & Community Fundraising Manager

Edel Clarke

Corporate Fundraising Manager

AFK marketing and communications officer Jessie McCullough

Jessie McCullough

Senior Marketing and Communications Officer

Nazmin Akhtar

Supporter Care and CRM Officer

Richard Dunham

Richard Dunham

Fundraising Assistant

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Bendeguz Janossy

Raffle & Office Support Assistant

Meet our Mobility Services Team

Julia Paylor

Advocacy and Mobility Manager

Lesley Hulse

Mobility & Funding Officer

Meet our Life & Work Team

Elaine Harman

Elaine Harman

Employment and Skills Manager

Maya Wadhwani

Employment Broker & Job Coach

Fareeda Southworth

Senior Employment Coach

Shashi Ioannides

Services and Business Development Manager

Caroline Archer

Self Employment Programme Manager

Laurence Orrell

Laurence Orrell

Travel Training Coordinator

Bianca Clarke

Youth Leadership Coordinator

Jake Watson

Outreach Programme Coordinator

AFK staff member Warda Mumin

Warda Mumin

Employment Broker & Job Coach

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Kat Grodzka

Employment Broker & Job Coach

Meet our Finance & Corporate Services Team

Claudia Rawlinson

Office Administrator

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