Julide Troedson – Chair

Favourite Sign: Smile

Julide is an experienced senior fundraising professional with over 20 years’ experience in the arts, heritage and charity sectors, having worked at the likes of Tate, Design Museum, The Royal Academy of Arts, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, Breast Cancer Haven, SeeAbility, Marie Curie and St John Ambulance. Julide has a passion for making a difference. Outside of work, she enjoys family time with her two children, husband and dog. Julide also enjoys running, yoga, free-motion embroidery and collecting shells.

Julide supports Include because of raising awareness, supporting and building a community for people with impaired sight, a learning disability, dementia, or a brain injury is vital. Everyone has the right to take part in society. Also, the choir is truly inspiring!

Jan van Laer – Vice 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?

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.