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Jan van Laer – Acting Chair

Favourite sign: Happy

Jan is currently on a career break after 20 years in various finance and market access functions in the pharmaceutical industry. Jan got involved with Include via a project for _Social Starters immersion program, supporting Alix with business planning and would like to use his experience to help Include to grow further so even more people can benefit from more inclusive communication and good cake!

Nigel Leach – Treasurer

Favourite sign: Cake

Nigel combines a love of singing and helping people with a flair for a spreadsheet in his work for Include.org. He has worked in a range of fields, currently as a Reinsurance Analyst for Unum. When he isn’t singing, volunteering or balancing the books, he loves spending time with his children, grandchildren and wonderful wife, Lynette

Derek Hill – Trustee

Favourite sign: Horse

Derek has a background in marketing and business.  He’s practical, and loves building things, and fixing things. He supports Include because it’s helping to create a more accepting, supportive society. And because of the cake.

Claire Dawson – Trustee


Favourite Sign: Cardigan

Claire has always worked for charities or the NHS, and has worked with adults with learning disabilities for 15 years, currently at Sunnybank Trust. She knows the importance of inclusive communication and has
loved learning Makaton and BSL – hence her passion for Include.org. You can hear her on Surrey Hills Radio on Fridays talking to Surrey charities. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her dog, yoga and learning how to crochet.

Faisal Osman – Trustee

Favourite sign: Question

Faisal is a Barrister at the Chambers of Andrew Mitchell QC. International jetsetter, specialist lawyer and family man, Faisal brings many skills to the Board…but he won’t tell us what his favourite sign is …answers on a postcard anyone?

Harriet Ayhan – Trustee

Harriet works at the Orpheus Centre as a support worker and was looking for a choir for one of her students. Her student had severe ASD and could not sit still for any length of time, so he could not have joined just any choir. A colleague of Harriet’s mentioned the Include Choir and so they went along. Not only was the Include Choir perfect for him, but it opened a whole new world for Harriet when she was not in a good place.

Harriet tells us “It is like being in a healing place and you feel so good and inspired after each session. The choir has increased my confidence and self respect and I am learning about a whole other world of communication and how it is so important that everybody has a voice and they have a right to get that voice heard.”

Rebecca Watson – Trustee

Favourite sign: Guitar

Rebecca is currently the HR Director for Fender Musical Instruments Corporation and has a background in Human Resources, Auditing and Commercial Business. Rebecca also has an enormous passion for music and the power it has to help the world better to connect to each other. Rebecca supports Include because of the love and energy that sits behind its purpose.


Alix Lewer – Founder and Director

Favourite sign: to understand

Speech and Language Therapist, safeguarding specialist, musician and cake-maker. Alix’s personal and professional experience, a desire for change and a tendency to see the silly side of things all came together to create Include.org.