Meet Our board of trustees


We are a diverse team of snowsport enthusiasts who bring skills across a range of areas including alpine training and adaptive instruction; health and rehabilitation; disabled sports at competition level; business and people management; and professional skills in fundraising, legal, governance, finance, technology and communications.  Together we work to improve the lives of disabled people and enable greater participation and integration in society. We share a passion for the mountains and a desire to make the experience of being on the slopes accessible to all, so that everyone can experience the positive health benefits this brings.

Chair of the Board
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Shona Tate

Shona was appointed as a DSUK Trustee in 2017 and appointed to Chairperson in June 2021.  Shona comes from a Scottish skiing family and has been involved in the snowsports industry all her life. This has included racing for Scotland and instructing in many parts of the world, she has held such roles as Secretary to the BASI board, BASI Alpine Trainer, Snowsport Scotland Tutor and is currently an IASI Alpine Trainer through which has given her the opportunity to attend 2 World Interski Congresses and be in the Demo Team for Ireland in Bulgaria in 2019. For the last 18 years Shona has worked winters in the Chamonix area of France where she now lives with her husband, they run a British Ski School there and teach all levels and ages of guests. Getting people involved in skiing, keeping participants safe and helping them enjoying the sport is her passion. Shona keeps very active supporting the charity’s fundraising events and supporting the training for the snowsport school staff.

Vice-Chair of the Board
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Carmel Teusner

Carmel is an experienced non-executive director who joined the DSUK board in November 2017 and appointed to Vice Chairperson in July 2021.. She has a background in organisational development and consulting across a broad range of industries and sectors, including public and not-for-profit organisations. Carmel holds qualifications in Governance, Human Resources, Organisational Development and Psychology and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. She currently serves on the board of Scottish Enterprise and Chairs the Nomination, Remuneration and Governance Committee for DSUK. Since joining DSUK she has actively supported the Charity, through fundraising, recruitment for the CEO and Trustee roles and in establishing stronger governance practices. Carmel is a keen skier and outdoor enthusiast. From her early days working in Outdoor Development, she has a strong belief in the power of outdoor experiences to build confidence and aid personal development.

Treasurer
Trustee/Director
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John Patchett

John is a commercially focused Chartered Management Accountant with experience gained across a number of sectors, in particular the financial services industry, where he held senior management positions in both Finance and Risk during 20 years at RBS. John has a broad skill set with a focus on Financial Planning & Analysis, Business Partnering, Stress Testing and Strategic Change Leadership. Currently working with Virgin Money UK developing the banks stress testing capability, he is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for snow sports and adventure racing. John is also trustee and treasurer of Reusing IT, a charity transforming lives through redeployment of computer equipment to those without access both in the UK and Africa.

Company Secretary
Trustee/Director
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Robbie King

Robbie is qualified as a solicitor and notary public in Scotland, as a solicitor in England & Wales and is a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute. Appointed to the Board in March 2021, he has over 20 year's international legal, compliance and company secretarial experience from across multiple business sectors including financial services, food and agribusiness, engineering, oil and gas, power and industrial and mining. Currently Head of Legal and Risk for Insights, Robbie enjoys spending as much of his spare time as possible outdoors practising various nordic and alpine snowsports, watersports and cycling. He is an ardent supporter of empowering people to realise their full potential through sport. Robbie is the Company Secretary for DSUK.

Trustee/Director
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Claire Pimm

Claire is an experienced senior manager with professional expertise in communications, marketing, branding, public affairs and campaigning. She has nearly 20 years working in local and national government and in the charitable sector with extensive experience in all areas of communications. She is an experienced trustee and is passionate about making a difference. Claire has passionately served as Chairperson from 2018 to 2021

Trustee/Director
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Lauren Henderson

Lauren has been involved with DSUK for over 10 years. Initially as a volunteer with local groups and ski schools in Central Belt and Castleford as a teenager before joining the team as an instructor in Scotland and on DSUK Holidays. Lauren holds BASI Adaptive and Alpine Qualifications and can be found regularly on out Central Belt slopes. Alongside her passion for skiing Lauren works as a Specialist Occupational Therapist in NHS with a background of working with both young people and adults. As part of this role Lauren regularly provides training and education to range of professionals. Lauren believes that the mountains should be accessible to all. She is passionate about the power of snowsports to increase independence and the positive impact it has on health and wellbeing, as well as increasing disability awareness and accessibility. Lauren has taken on the role of Safeguarding Champion on the Health and Safety Committee.

Trustee/Director
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Gordon Ritter

Gordon joined us in 2016 although has been indirectly involved in the charity for a number of years through his employment with TUI Group who own the tour operator Crystal Ski Holidays. Gordon is Purchasing Director for a number of TUI owned brands which includes Crystal and spent many years overseas in the alpine zones of Europe and North America working in various leadership, management & operational roles. Gordon has worked in the winter sports industry for 30 years thus has extensive product/industry knowledge and a significant network of contacts. Gordon plays a critical role in building awareness and driving fundraising efforts across his organisation, a significant income stream for the charity. In addition to general trustee responsibilities Gordon is a member of our Finance & Risk Committee and our Fundraising & PR Committee, areas where Gordon believes he can add the most value.

Trustee/Director
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Edd Jones

Edd has been a skier with DSUK for about 15 years, both at snow centres and on overseas holidays and was appointed as a Trustee in 2017. As a Trustee he currently sits on the DSUK Nomination, Remuneration and Governance committee as well as the Health, Safety and Wellbeing committee. He grew up with Cerebral Palsy, attending mainstream educational establishments and now works full time. Professionally he has worked in local government for 20 years undertaking various roles during this time, including data analysis, information governance (including GDPR) and more recently as a senior project manager within children, young people and family services. Away from work, he has competed internationally in wheelchair athletics events, achieving at the highest level and currently competing nationally as a hand cyclist.

Trustee/Director
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Anne Simmons

Anne joined the board in May 2020 and has jumped straight onto the Nominations, Renumeration and Governance Committee. She brings a background in technology consulting and people development to the board. Anne is a diversity, inclusion, and equity advocate, particularly women in technology but also now disability awareness and inclusion. Anne grew up skiing and is an active DSUK Volunteer and fundraiser. She can often be found at Hemel Hempstead snow centre with DSUK members and was a ski instructor in a former life in Canada and New Zealand. The mountains are Anne’s happy place.  Anne has been appointed Equalities Champion on the Board.