Meet the Share team


Leila Alcalde, Horticulture Trainer

Leila first joined Share in September 2020 as bank staff and her role became permanent a few months later. She now delivers accredited training for City and Guilds and Skills for Working Life in Horticulture. She has worked with adults with learning difficulties and with mental health issues since 2015 as part of different garden projects in Spain, Germany, and the UK. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture (RQF Level 6) and has been awarded the Diploma of Professional Development with Merit in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture. In addition to her work at Share, she co-founded the Spanish Association in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture where she delivers training and counselling to other professionals.

Leila loves working in the garden with our students, adapting the tasks to their abilities and enhancing their wellbeing. She previously worked as an Occupational Therapist Assistant assessing people’s ability to work and live independently, as well as promoting social inclusion, therefore she is keen to support Share students to move forward into paid or voluntary jobs.

Gabrielle Antoniou, Client Engagement and Family Liaison 

Gabrielle first joined Share as a bank tutor teaching Digital Skills and Independent Living Skills in 2015. She subsequently spent some time as our Digital Inclusion Manager and now divides her time between co-ordinating client engagement activities and family liaison work. Prior to joining Share, Gabrielle worked as an Information Analyst at the NSPCC and as a Facilitator at Making The Leap. Gabrielle has taken part in various international voluntary schemes including teaching, community development, youth work and conservation, also volunteering to support the homeless and Syrian refugees in Greece. Gabrielle also volunteers on our Go Anywhere, Do Anything project as a Social Buddy.

Gabrielle holds a BA (Hons) Sociology degree from the University of Nottingham. 

Georgie Barwick, Volunteer Coordinator

Georgie joined Share in April 2021 after several years working in Film & TV Production. She works part-time at Share and is also studying Counselling at City & Islington College. When she’s not on the front desk at Share, or in the classroom, Georgie can be found cooking, birdwatching, or in the cinema. After starting at Share as our Office Administrator and Receptionist, Georgie now works as our Volunteer Coordinator.

Shannon Blackwood, Wellbeing Team Leader

Shannon joined Share in February 2020. She previously worked as a lead ABA tutor in an independent special school, where she was supporting individuals with autism. She predominantly worked in the school's sixth form, helping students find and carry out work experience as well as develop independent life skills.

Shannon joined Share as a job coach just before the pandemic and quickly became aware of the importance of student wellbeing on employment opportunities. Shannon believes in equal opportunities for all and is passionate about the emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing of students. In October 2021 Shannon became Wellbeing Team Leader at Share.

Shannon holds a first class degree in psychology.



Robert Boyce, Head of Training and Digital Integration

Robert joined Share in 1998. He is a qualified computer programmer and worked in private business before joining Share. He first worked as a trainer at Share, teaching Information Communications and Technology (ICT). Now, Robert oversees vocational training and digital integration, with a focus on getting the digital aspects right and functioning at all levels of Share, and managing the accredited learning we deliver. Robert is passionate about learning and teaching, with a particular interest in the use of technology as an aid to training.

Hannah Burton, Wellbeing Officer

Hannah's background is in administration and customer service, however after feeling uninspired for some time, Hannah decided to join Share in 2019 as a horticulture volunteer. She later became Community & Project Support Worker, working across our different projects. Family experience of autism inspires her strong commitment to the inclusion of people with autism and learning disabilities, and the recognition of unpaid carers. She is an avid reader, a keen environmentalist, and an extremely amateur stargazer.

Niamh Carey, Community Services Facilitator

Niamh joined Share in July 2021 shortly before completing her MA in arts and cultural education. Before moving to London, Niamh worked in Edinburgh facilitating creative workshops for people with learning disabilities and autism. She taught English in Vietnam after completing her undergraduate degree. 

 At Share Niamh helps facilitate our Go Anywhere, Do Anything programme, and will shortly be working on the new Get Out and About project in Brixton.

 Niamh holds an MA (Hons) in English Literature and Sociology.

Abi Carter, Chief Executive Officer

Abi joined Share as CEO in May 2022, having worked in sport, politics and housing in the public, private and third sectors.

After working as a sports journalist and in Westminster as an MP's researcher, she joined Marylebone Cricket Club - the owner of Lord's Cricket Ground - in 2008. As Head of Strategy and Public Affairs, she produced the first strategy in the Club's 225-year history and worked on several major development projects to upgrade the 200-year old ground. In 2018 she became Director of the MCC Foundation, and established projects in London and Nepal to bring cricket to more girls, minority ethnic groups and young people with poor life chances - using it as a force for social good.

Most recently she was Head of Growth and Partnerships at Dot Dot Dot, a social enterprise that keeps empty properties safe by turning them into inexpensive housing for people who volunteer for good causes.

She also chairs Paddington Development Trust, which provides employability, training, health and cultural programmes to some of London's most deprived communities.

Away from work, she can be found swimming in ponds and lidos, going to countries she's never visited before, and delighting in Liverpool FC.

Gabby Cooper, Office Administrator and Receptionist

Gabby joined Share in April 2022 after working in communications and e-commerce. Gabby previously volunteered at Bookmark, helping children with their reading and literacy confidence. She also worked at MS International Federation during their global fundraising campaign. Gabby loves cold water swimming and reading books.

Louis Daly, Community and Project Support Worker

Louis joined Share in 2020. He has supported adults with learning disabilities for several years, starting out as a personal assistant to his brother and then supporting groups at Cambridge House in Southwark and also working at a day centre. Louis has a degree in History and worked previously in arts and humanities as a Digital Content Manager and Image Archivist. 

Terry De Willers, Employment Specialist

Terry started his journey in the 'disAbility support sector' as a job coach in 2013. He's had roles as an Employment Advisor and an Employer Engagement Officer, and joins Share in the newly created role of Employment Specialist. Terry is looking forward to supporting students and working with potential employers to identify employment opportunities.

Having diploma’s in both food service supervision and hospitality and catering management, coupled with over 15 years spent in the hospitality and catering sector, he hopes that this knowledge and experience will prove useful moving forward. Terry has also had an opportunity to run his own landscape gardening business in the South London area for 8 years.

An avid power kite flyer and enthusiastic upcycler, Terry enjoys creating treasure from trash.

Joseph Fitton, Go Anywhere, Do Anything Project Officer

Joseph (Joe) joined Share as a volunteer in 2014, and joined the staff team a year later. Joe works at Share part-time and helps to organise and run trips for members of our Go Anywhere, Do Anything project. He also coordinates Student Voice, a forum for students to voice their opinions and concerns.

Joe holds a degree in Learning Disability Nursing and Social Work from London South Bank University and a BA (Hons) in Music Technology. Joe is passionate about advocacy for disabled people, and is happiest when he can marry his creative skills within his current roles. 

Florence Hansford, Garden Development Manager

Florence oversees Share Nurseries and our training and therapeutic activities at the Share garden. She's worked in community settings for many years, coordinating student sports at Goldsmiths, and working as a landscape gardener at Father Nature, a horticultural social enterprise, developing green spaces for the streets of Lambeth and in primary schools. She studied community development and youth work at Goldsmiths, carrying out placements with young people and vulnerable adults.

Florence has a passion for carpentry, women's football and helping more people access nature in the city.

Rachel Healy, Marketing and Communications Manager

Rachel joined Share in June 2019 to manage and develop Share's marketing and communications strategies. She worked in the private sector for many years in marketing roles for publishers and conference producers. She was Head of Marketing for a publisher and events producer aimed at the not-for-profit sector before taking a career break to have a family. Rachel holds a BA (Hons) degree in Combined Arts from the University of Leicester, a post graduate diploma in printing and publishing, and more recently a certificate in social media management. 

Anne Marie Hennessey, Steps Into Employment Facilitator

Anne Marie started her career as a Disability Employment Advisor with Remploy in Brixton. In this role, she interviewed and profiled clients with disabilities for relevant work programmes, provided support for clients to find work or to gain work experience, and job coached clients in their new roles.

Following that, she became a yoga and Pilates teacher and while building up her classes, she worked as a TEFL teacher, teaching English as a foreign language to groups of multilingual adults working in London, and within that role, she was also involved in the student social events.

For the last five years, Anne Marie worked as a part-time lecturer at Chichester University teaching movement to undergraduate acting students as part of the Film for Acting course. During this time, she qualified as a Cognitive Behavioural Coach and before the pandemic, she facilitated stress management and wellbeing workshops at London College of Communication and Central Saint Martins for the staff wellbeing days.

Anja Imberechts, Lunchtime Activities Leader

Anja joined Share in June 2019 as bank staff and her role became permanent a few months later. As well as running lunchtime activities for our students, Anja also volunteers for our Go Anywhere, Do Anything project and works on our outreach support programme.

Anja holds a degree in shipping and forwarding and worked for over 10 years as a shipping coordinator, moving on to PA roles in large corporate organisations including the Association of British Insurers and various law firms.

Anja speaks several languages, is an avid reader, and plays guitar and keyboard. She’s been volunteering for many years for homeless and addiction services in Wandsworth and strongly advocates giving everyone equal opportunities and a chance to improve their quality of life.

Shem Jarrold, Independent Living and Basic Skills Tutor

Shem first joined Share in 2017 as a musicianship volunteer. He now teaches Basic Skills and Independent Living Skills. He has worked with adults with learning disabilities since 2014 as part of a variety of projects and organisations. He is interested in the history of social music making, and the different ways people learn across cultures. He studied mediaeval languages, early mediaeval history and social anthropology at Cambridge University before living and working in Chile for two years, starting his working life teaching English in a copper mine in the Atacama Desert. In addition to his work at Share, he is a violin tutor and the administrator at the Pembroke Academy of Music in Walworth, South London, and also a musician and practitioner for involuntarymovement, in a team delivering contemporary dance classes for adults with learning disabilities. 

Michael Kalman, Receptionist

Michael joined Share in January 2012. He works part-time covering the front desk every afternoon. He previously worked as a clinic assistant at St George's Hospital in Tooting, and first joined Share as a student after receiving radiotherapy treatment for a benign brain tumour in 2009. After initially studying IT, he subsequently undertook an NVQ Level 2 in Customer Service. Michael also volunteers as a social buddy on our Go Anywhere, Do Anything project.

Nirmalan Kugathasan, Chief Finance and Operating Officer

Nirmalan joined Share in 2007. He previously worked as a finance manager for a refugee community organisation for five years, and has experience in strategic financial and operational planning, and contract management. He is a trustee for the South West London Law Centre, where he was the treasurer from 2007 to 2012.

He holds an MBA and postgraduate diploma in charity financial management.

Iain MacDonald, Community and Project Support Worker

Iain got an MA (Hons) Psychology in Aberdeen so long ago that it's barely worth mentioning. He has been in London all his working life, almost all of that time working with the written word in communications and editing in the Christian charity sector. After taking redundancy in April 2020, he was wondering whether working with people with learning disabilities and autism might be for him, and luckily the first people he found offering relevant volunteering opportunities during lockdown were Share. He became a classroom and lunchtime volunteer, and also joined the Befriending programme. Share taught - and continues to teach - him everything he knows about this work, and he joined the staff team in April 2022. 

Peri MacRae, Volunteer and Community Services Manager

Peri started volunteering with Share as a social buddy in 2017 on our Go Anywhere, Do Anything project. She loved it so much she was inspired to join Share as a permanent team member in January 2021. Peri’s background is in volunteer management and youth work. Before joining Share, she worked at the Prince’s Trust as Operations Executive – managing volunteer-led mentoring and personal development programmes, and at VSO supporting volunteers accessing the International Citizen Service.

Peri holds a BA in International Development from the University of East London.

At Share she’s responsible for managing our volunteer-led projects and community services, currently focusing on Go Anywhere, Do Anything and befriending. 

Veronica Martel, Community Learning and Independent Living Facilitator

After graduating from St Martin’s School of Art, Veronica began her career in art and design with a focus on film and video.  Veronica worked in film production for Channel 4 before moving on to a career in teaching. 

Moving on from a period of mainstream teaching, Veronica specialised in teaching students with a range of special educational needs. She became a lead teacher in autism and education, delivering training and leading Autism Accreditation status requests.

Before joining Share, Veronica supported adults with learning difficulties as an activity worker for the South London ‘ Multi–Activity Centre’.

Veronica holds a BA in Art and Design, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (Teaching), a Post-Graduate Certificate in Autism and an MA in Autism and Education.

Steve McGuane, Digital Skills Trainer

Steve first came to Share in 1999 as a student following a motorbike accident that left him wheelchair-bound. He quickly achieved an array of qualifications, including an NVQ in Information and Commication Technology (ICT) Level 1, and an assessors A1/A2 qualification. After sometime working as a volunteer at Share, Steve successfully applied for a full-time position as an ICT trainer, and has been working at Share since 2003. Prior to his motorbike accident, Steve was a BT technician. 

Karen Miles, Head of Outreach and Wellbeing

Karen has been volunteering with Share's Go Anywhere, Do Anything project since 2015. During this time, Share's values and vision struck a chord with Karen, prompting her to join the staff team in February 2018. Karen previously worked as an Independent Living Service Manager at the British Red Cross and holds a BA (Hons) in International Development with NGO Management. Karen is responsible for managing each student's journey through Share, ensuring that their collective and individual voices are heard. She works alongside other members of the Wellbeing team to provide pastoral support to our students and advise other staff members at Share on students' wellbeing and communication needs.

Reena Naveratnam, Finance and Admin Officer

Reena joined Share in 2009 and provides financial and administrative support for our finance team.

She previously worked as an Accounts Assistant for Alpex Marine, a seafood exporter based in Sri Lanka.

She holds an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and is working towards becoming an Associate Member of the CIMA.

Wendy Nicholson, Lunchtime Activities Leader

Wendy joined the Share team in 2016. Wendy has experience working with various local community groups, including schools, hospices and churches. She supports and supervises students during their lunch break at Share, and organises and runs a range of lunchtime activities for our students to take part in. Wendy holds a Community Arts Leader Award from the Arts Community Exchange in Lambeth. 

Michele Noakes, HR and Office Manager

Michele started her working life as a freelance makeup artist mainly for the advertising industry, and in those days, pop promos! She then then moved into HR and office management roles in the graphic design and production industry. Michele also worked for an HR consultancy and other private sector companies as well as for charities.

She has volunteered at a number of homeless charities, mainly assisting people with writing their CVs.

In her spare time, Michele enjoys gardening, drawing, and visiting art and photographic exhibitions.

Sebastian Rojas, Classroom and Community Assistant

Sebastian joined Share in 2022. He has previously worked as an English teacher in Sardinia, Italy, and in housing services for the University of London. More recently he worked in volunteer management for the National Trust. 

Sebastian volunteers for Thrive in Battersea Park, where he supports client gardeners with learning disabilities. He also helps to run a community garden in South London.

Natalie Routledge, Senior Community and Events Fundraiser

Natalie previously worked in marketing and communications at the Science Museum, Action For Children, Addenbrooke’s Hospital and in various freelance roles, before joining Share in April 2022 as their Senior Community and Events Fundraiser.   Natalie came to know about the charity’s work when she moved to the local area and started volunteering with Share’s marketing and communications team. So when the fundraising and events role came up, she was eager to support the charity further.  Looking for new fundraising opportunities and working to build strong relationships with local groups, organisations and schools, her role seeks to develop and deliver a range of new income streams for the vital work of Share.

Julia Roxborough, Horticulture Job Coach

Julia first joined Share as a student in 2004 to study business studies. She originally trained as a landscape gardener and still runs a private gardening business. Having struggled with dyslexia for many years without realising, Julia has a keen interest in literacy and was therefore interested in exploring her own learning difficulties by teaching others. Julia holds Stage 1 and 2 City and Guilds teacher training qualifications Level 4, and a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) Level 5.

Diana Sawaya, Art Tutor

Diana joined Share as an arts and crafts volunteer in October 2015 and then joined Share's bank staff before becoming a permanent tutor in 2018.

Diana previously facilitated self-guided therapeutic arts programmes for a women's charity working with women who have experienced abuse, trauma, depression and grief. She has also worked in sheltered housing schemes around Wandsworth, delivering creative projects to older people, and those living with dementia, disabilities, and other additional needs.

Diana holds a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design and an Arts Diploma. Diana has a QCF Level 4 Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) qualification and a Foundation Level certificate in Art Therapy awarded by the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).

Rachel Simms, Assistant Chef 

Rachel helps Kenny to look after the Share Kitchen, supporting catering students and Share's social enterprise, Share Catering. Rachel first came to Share as a trainee following her time at South Thames College. Following graduation and a period of work experience in Share's kitchen, Rachel became a permanent member of staff.

Claire Smith, Independence and Wellbeing Team Leader

Claire joined Share in 2016. Claire started her career in social work, after which she worked as a recruitment consultant. She subsequently became a job coach at a charity called Off the Streets and Into Work. She went on to work with Whizz-Kidz, helping to secure work placements for young disabled people across the UK. More recently, Claire worked at Imagine, at their Sutton project.

Before taking on her current role at Share, Claire was one of Share's job coaches running our steps into employment classes as part of our independent living skills programme. She now oversees our independence and wellbeing classes, aimed at making learning more practical and community focused.

Joanne Smith

Joanne Smith, Horticulture Support Worker

Joanne joined the Share team in November 2017. Joanne first started working at Share in 2016 as a volunteer in our life skills course and a social buddy with our Go Anywhere, Do Anything programme. Volunteering at Share, she says, is 'one of the best things I've done'. Joanne also works as an outreach support worker, and personal assistant for her brother who is autistic and has learning disabilities. Joanne started working for Share as our lunchtime activities co-ordinator and now works as Support Worker at our garden 3 days a week. 

Gabriella Smoczynski, Digital Skills Tutor

Gabriella joined Share in 2022 to teach digital skills. She has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and autism since 2011, after completing a foundation degree in graphic communication at University of the Arts London. She has worked as a learning support assistant in SEN Schools, and a support worker in day services. She enjoys working with people with learning disabilities, and used her creative and digital skills to support equal opportunities and became an employment coordinator. She then progressed to regional manager, supporting a team of coordinators to deliver support for SEN schools and colleges to improve careers education, and employment and training opportunities.  

She moved on to work in self advocacy, managing a disability hate crime training programme for people with learning disabilities, mainstream school children, and frontline staff. During the pandemic her passion for supporting people with learning disabilities to be digitally included was highlighted, when she saw how the inequalities became heightened. She enjoys working with people to learn digital skills, and when she saw the vacancy at Share, she just had to apply! 

Elise Sorensen, Family Liaison Officer (currently on maternity leave)

Elise was a volunteer for Go Anywhere, Do Anything in 2015/16. She was so impressed with the project that she joined the Share team in August 2017, co-facilitating and co-organising the Go Anywhere, Do Anything project. Elise now she works as our Family Liaison Officer. Previously, Elise contributed to service development projects for several charities, including Wheels for Wellbeing and Women's Solace Aid. Elise also holds a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy from Brunel University.