Chief Executive

Chief Executive Officer
DSUK HQ
Virginia Anderson

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.

Finance and HR

Finance and Support Services Manager
DSUK HQ
Mhorag Phipps

Mho heads up our Finance and HR department and is all about family. DSUK is now very much a part of her extended family. She enjoys motorcycling, restoring furniture, upcycling, HIIT exercise and helping everyone. She is always on the end of a phone ready and willing to solve any problem that comes her way.

Bookings team

Bookings and Holidays Administrator
Matt Whyman

Matt joined the team in June 2022, and is super keen to get involved in volunteering for lessons and holidays with DSUK. Matt has never done snowsports but is looking forward to being part of a team that is snowsporting mad and to learn. In his spare time it is more football than skiing, as well as spending time with friends and family.

Bookings Administrator
DSUK HQ
Leonie Murphy

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 and admin assistant! She lives, eats, drinks and breaths skiing and LOVES skiing with DSUK skiers and snowboarders in her spare time!

Fundraising

Trusts and Fundraising Manager
Ian Plested

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.

Membership & Fundraising Officer
DSUK HQ
Bis Devereux

Responsible for all things activities and membership, Bis works from the Aviemore office and can never finish a cup of tea. In her spare time, she loves adventuring by foot, bike, canoe or skis with her dog Liath or her Girl Guides.

Development Officer
DSUK HQ
Josef Tautscher

Josef is a bit mad about snowsports. When not in the office he'll be found on a slope (snowy or dry) teaching, coaching... you name it he does it - generally accompanied by a cheesy soundtrack.

Snowsport Delivery team

Head of Snowsport
DSUK HQ
Rachel Davies

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

Technical Director
DSUK HQ
Steve Smaje

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.

Snowsport School Manager
DSUK Hemel Hempstead
James Sterry

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.

Snowsport School Manager
DSUK Manchester
John Lawson

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.

Snowsport School Manager
DSUK Tamworth
Liz Clifford

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

Snowsport School Manager
DSUK Central Scotland
Shaun Murphy

Shaun is the Snowsports School Manager for DSUK Central Belt. Shaun has a passion for the mountains and helping people achieve their potential through memorable experiences.

Development Officer
DSUK HQ
Josef Tautscher

Josef is a bit mad about snowsports. When not in the office he'll be found on a slope (snowy or dry) teaching, coaching... you name it he does it - generally accompanied by a cheesy soundtrack.

Skier and Snowboarder Involvement Group

Co-Chair
Skier and Snowboarder Involvement Group
Josh McDonagh

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.

Member
Skier and Snowboarder Involvement Group
Rosemary Beale

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.

Member
Skier and Snowboarder Involvement Group
Elaine Boyd

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.

Member
Skier and Snowboarder Involvement Group
Hannah Tomsett

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