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Leadership Team

Kamran Mallick - Chief Executive

Kamran Mallick

Kamran Mallick joined Disability Rights UK as its Chief Executive in July 2017. He is the former Chief Executive of Action on Disability, the Hammersmith-based disability organisation, where he worked for 13 years.

Kamran has also worked for the spinal injury charity Aspire as well as running his own training and consultancy business.

He serves on the boards of the Lyric Hammersmith, Wheels for Wellbeing and Lloyds Bank Foundation. He is a former chair of Candoco dance company and board member of Inclusion London. He is also a member of Gatwick Airport Passenger Experience Group and a former member of Transport for London’s Independent Disability Advisory Group.

Kamran was included in the Shaw Trusts Powerlist 100 - Most influential disabled people in 2018 and was in the top 10 in 2020.

 

Tony Stevens - Head of Development

Tony manages our income streams; training and consultancy, sales income and trust and foundation grants. He originally joined DR UK in 2015 as Fundraising Manager. Previously Tony ran his own business and worked as a freelance writer, trainer and careers consultant. He has written a series of careers guides for disabled people including Into Higher Education, Into Apprenticeships and Into Sport. 

 

Fazilet Hadi - Head of Policy

Fazilet Hadi

Fazilet Hadi is Head of Policy at Disability Rights UK. She started her career as a solicitor in Law Centres, held senior equality roles in local government and was a director at RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) where she developed a membership scheme, expanded advice services and led many successful campaigns to improve laws and policies for blind and partially sighted people.

Fazilet started working for DR UK in January 2020 and has sought to challenge the unequal treatment of disabled people during the coronavirus crisis. Fazilet is a member of the Disability Advisory Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She is also a non-executive director of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust.

 

Leanne Wightman - Head of Programmes and Impact

Leanne Wightman oversees and supports the delivery of programmes at DR UK as well as leading on organisational impact work. After a number of roles providing care and support in the community Leanne completed a Masters degree in Social Work in 2009 and soon after joined a disabled people's user led organisation to manage projects and provide advocacy.  Leanne then joined Community Catalysts to support community micro-enterprise organisations in partnership with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Leanne joined DR UK in 2015 to manage the Sport England funded project Get Yourself Active which continues to be led by a small team at DR UK.

Leanne is trustee at The Mill in Walthamstow, a physical and online community centre providing space and support for local community arts and wellbeing groups.

 

Michael Paul Gibson - Head of Advice & Information

Michael manages Disability Rights UK's advice services, focusing on the helplines and online content, including our suite of more than seventy factsheets. Michael also looks after DR UK's membership.

Michael has been with DR UK since it's inception on 1st January 2012, and was part of the unification board that formed the new charity, bringing together Disability Alliance (where Michael worked), RADAR and National Centre for Independent Living (NCIL).

Michael joined Disability Alliance in 2010 to create a team of advisors providing back to work calculations and advice for disabled people.

Prior to that Michael left a career in banking to develop Shaw Trust's information services, and then manage regional delivery of their employment focused services.