Virginia has been involved in the third sector for more than 20 years as a fundraiser, funder, trustee, and volunteer. Virginia is committed to ensuring disabled people can thrive and realise their talents. She leads the organisation on a day to day basis, and loves the outdoors, yoga and music.
We have Cara Catch supporting the team on an interim basis while we recruit a permanent member of staff.
Leonie started skiing and volunteering for DSUK back in March 2019. Since then she has been volunteering at the Snowsport Schools and now is our full-time bookings administrator! She lives, eats, drinks and breaths skiing and LOVES skiing with DSUK skiers and snowboarders in her spare time!
Based in rural Lancashire, Ian likes to run, walk, cycle and spend time with his family outdoors. Ian has many years' experience working in charities and the public sector, finding money for good causes. Ian is focused on managing DSUK's funding strategy and team.
Having hung up seasonnaire ski boots, Roz iscombining her love for snowsports with increasing opportunities for everyone toenjoy time on snow. Outside of work, she’s kept on her toes with a toddler anda beagle, Buddy.
Bonnie started her relationship with DSUK as a volunteer, sharing her passion for snow sports and accessible adventures. When she’s not behind the scenes coordinating fundraising events and keeping the DSUK community connected, she can be found out enjoying her other love – white water rafting!
Responsible for increasing access to snowsport locally, Rachel loves skiing, snow, DSUK and her family... fuelled by redbull and a desire for anyone to access the ski slopes
Responsible for DSUK’s Snowsport schools. Steve loves skiing, watching rugby and spending time with family. Steve believes everyone should have the opportunity to participate in snowsports.
James is the Snowsports School Manager for DSUK Hemel & DSUK Sandown. James’s passions include Snowsports, Cycling/Mountain Biking and Hiking. James believes in the power of Snowsports to transform and improve people’s lives.
John is the Snowsports School Manager for DSUK Manchester. John wants to ski all day, every day, for the rest of his life. John hates the thought that anyone, for any reason, should feel like they can’t ski or snowboard.
Liz has experienced first hand the positive impact snow sports can have on a persons life. A proud mum with a big love of the mountains, Liz is passionate about helping others improve their wellbeing through the power of snowsports
Ben is the Snowsports School Manager for DSUK Scotland, Central belt. He has a passion for snow sports and wants to welcome everyone into the industry to reap the amazing physical and psychological benefits! When he is not skiing, you will find him participating in other mountain activities or racing boats.
I fell in love with skiing when I visited DSUK at Hemel Hempstead, and I have never looked back. Working with the instructors and assistants at Hemel, I have greatly improved my skiing ability initially starting in a Bi-ski and now using a Mono-ski despite challenges due to my Cerebral Palsy Spastic Quadriplegia. During February 2019, I went to Beitostølen in Norway for a week's incredible skiing, and I can't wait for my next trip to Beitostølen. (Beitostølen was amazing not my skiing!)
I am also the Co-Chair of DSUK Skiers and Snowboarders Involvement Group (SSIG), and I really value the opportunity to work with the SSIG as well as DSUK to make sure DSUK has inclusive policies and practices for all.
My name is Rosemary. I became involved with Disability Snowsport UK after I volunteered to go on a school ski trip in order to support a pupil with a health problem. The following year I again became a volunteer helper on a ski trip for 5 adult wheelchair users and 2 adults with learning needs.
I strongly believe there is no such thing as disability, there is only ability and that everyone should have the opportunity to experience what it is like to ski no matter how much support they need.
When I'm not in the mountains or being a volunteer helper for skiers I work on my local hospital's children’s ward as a nurse.
I started my skiing adventures two years ago at the age of 49. It has been an amazing journey and I still have to pinch myself when I am on the slopes. The excitement and thrill of skiing is something I never thought I would experience due to my Cerebral Palsy Left Hemiplegia. The skill, professionalism and encouragement of the DSUK instructors at DSUK Glasgow has made that possible. I am a stand up skier and receive support from my instructor through the use of tethers to help control my speed and direction. We have been working on independent skiing and I hope to build on this when we return to the slopes.
In February 2020 I had the joy of going on a DSUK holiday to Arinsal with my daughter. It was an incredible experience to share with a fantastic group of people and I hope to return in the near future. Skiing with DSUK has improved my wellbeing in a physical sense but also confidence in my ability to tackle a mountain!
I am delighted to be part of the SSIG and hope to contribute in a way that maximises opportunities for existing skiers and also inspires others to take part in adaptive skiing.
Skiing has always been my passion and I completed my dream career of being an alpine and adaptive ski instructor working out in Canada. After a life changing illness and subsequent chronic health issues, I just switched from standing to dual skiing and still have a massive smile on my face! I want to use all my experiences to help dsuk and get more people feeling the positive mental and physical benefits skiing can bring