Who we are


Sarah Howard

Caroline Miles

Karen Passmore (Co-Chair)

Bill Payne

David Redgewell

Gordon Richardson (Co-Chair & Treasurer)

Suaad Walker

Mark Williams (Co-Vice Chair)


Pat Dyer (work PA to the Forum Manager)

Pat has been Laura’s work PA for more years than she can remember.  She provides the support that Laura needs, as a Disabled employee.

Mike Steel (Development Worker)

Mike joined the Forum as a trustee before kindly standing down so he could provide the temporary Administrator support the Forum needed at the time.  He then successfully applied to be the Forum’s permanent Administrator, until he resigned from this role in September 2017.  Since then Mike has been a Development Worker in Southmead.  This work is part of a project delivered in partnership with The Care Forum and funded through the Fourteen Fund, until August 2018.

Mike is also a Research Assistant at University of Bristol and a disability rights activist.

Rachael Verel (Administrator)

Rachael was appointed as a temporary Administrator in September 2017.   Rachael is a recent resident of Bristol and our most recent employee.

Laura Welti (Forum Manager)

Laura has been with the Forum since 2003.  Consequently she has been with the Forum throughout the changes that led it to become a charity.  In that time she has witnessed both the increased rights and support for Disabled people of her early years with the Forum, and the more recent reduction in those rights and support.  Sadly, alongside this reduction she has seen political and public attitudes towards Disabled people become significantly worse.

Years of working across most Council departments and a range of quangos has given her the knowledge and experience essential to the Forum’s work, including our ability to generate income from that knowledge.

Laura has also been an equalities activist for almost all of her adult life.