Our Central Management Team
Geraldine Des Moulins Chief Officer
Geraldine’s job is to lead the organisation and keep it on track, making sure plans are put in place so all the organisation’s activities are designed, developed and inspired by disabled people. Her job is to listen to disabled people and work towards identifying the barriers that often confront the disabled community, and together take a solution focussed approach to breaking down those barriers.
Geraldine has worked in the community and voluntary sector for over thirty years and has a great deal of experience of project and business development. This has been invaluable when leading and guiding Possability People from a small financially challenged organisation to a well positioned and leading disability organisation that’s really making a difference to people’s lives. This has been achieved and supported by the commitment of Possability People’s very talented team of staff and volunteers.
Geraldine enjoys travelling and socialising with friends and family and following their exploits on social media. She loves walking, especially with her young Yorkiepoo, Izzy, a recent addition to the family.
Katharine Russell Volunteer and Services
(currently on maternity leave)
Katharine makes sure people have access to the information and support they need. This involves managing our Disability Information & Advice Services for Brighton & Hove and East Sussex, alongside the Brighton Advocacy service, and Shopmobility, our low cost scooter and wheelchair hire service.
Another big part of her job is running our volunteer programme, ensuring wherever there is a service, volunteers are involved. As an organisation led by disabled people, having disabled volunteers involved in all aspects of the organisation is essential. She champions this message to volunteer involving organisations across the county.
She has worked for Possability People for 10 years and has seen the organisation grow from strength to strength. She is passionate about ensuring disabled people are seen and heard across the county in all aspects of everyday life.
When she is not at work, she spends as much time in the countryside as possible walking her dog, Mabel.
Mike is responsible for monitoring the financial position of the charity and reporting quarterly to the Central Management Team, and then on to the Board. The Finance function he manages issues invoices to our clients for services performed by the charity and its trading subsidiary, ensures payments to suppliers and staff for charity expenditure and, (most importantly) pays staff wages.
The charity has to produce statutory accounts to comply with Company and Charity law, and Mike prepares these for the annual audit.
Mike spent most of his working years as a company accountant for various insurance companies. However, he found his niche when he joined another Brighton charity and experienced much greater job satisfaction in the voluntary sector.
Mike spends most of his leisure time with his family, although attending gigs (especially Bruce Springsteen) wherever he can with his wife is always a worthwhile activity
Katy’s job is to make sure Possability People gets the right information to the right people when they need it. This includes PR and press, producing our publications managing our social media and website, making sure our lovely new brand is used properly, keeping an eye on and dealing with the media, and planning communications support for the teams and any campaigns or projects we are involved with.
She has worked in PR (public relations) and communications for 25 years, both for national charities and more recently, local ones.
Her favourite piece of work at Possability People has been the launch of the new name and brand. “Massively challenging on a small budget, but made possible by a wonderful, hard working and very committed team; the end result was definitely worth it”.
She can often be found doing an odd dance called Balboa (even in the office), taking photos of her journey to work on the bus, or watching vintage motorcycles whizzing around a track. Favourite colour is orange.
Lynsey Keep Integrated Services Manager
Lynsey oversees various projects and services provided by Possability People, including services to support clients being discharged from hospital; those requiring care and support in their own homes; those in search of support groups and services to assist the management of musculoskeletal conditions; and provision of advice and support to clients who wish to employ their own personal assistants.
As a parent to a child with multiple disabilities, Lynsey is passionate about supporting the rights and provision of innovative services for disabled people, and the ability for disabled adults and children to be integrated fully in society and local communities.
Lynsey has over twenty years’ experience working within the health & social care sector. Gaining a nursing qualification at Brighton University in 1996, and later obtaining the Leadership & Management Award in Health & Social Care in 2011, this dual qualification has afforded her the knowledge and experience to drive her passion for developing services.
In her spare time, when not playing ‘mum’, Lynsey enjoys exploring the countryside where she lives, with her sausage dog, Buddy, and Basset hound, Belle. Lynsey has also been a freelance writer for over a decade, as well as enjoying gardening, photography, and dabbling with cooking.
Mel Willson Compliance and Services
Mel works across all our sites and her role is linked to all Possability People Office & Resources as well as managing Bank Staff and Reception and is involved in Shopmobility. She is responsible for the management and hiring out of our fully accessible community venue Possability Place.
She has experience of volunteer management, working in the public sector, supporting disabled people, mentoring young people and ex-offenders. She thoroughly enjoys working for Possability People and finds the people we work with and support inspirational.
Mel’s goal is to become a good gardener, the will and want is there however having green fingers doesn’t seem to come easy. Another passion is watching football and this is something that will never change.