Our Central Management Team
Geraldine Des Moulins Chief Officer
Geraldine’s job is to lead the organisation and keep it on track, making sure plans are put in place so all the organisation’s activities are designed, developed and inspired by disabled people. Her job is to listen to disabled people and work towards identifying the barriers that often confront the disabled community, and together take a solution focussed approach to breaking down those barriers.
Geraldine has worked in the community and voluntary sector for over thirty years and has a great deal of experience of project and business development. This has been invaluable when leading and guiding Possability People from a small financially challenged organisation to a well positioned and leading disability organisation that’s really making a difference to people’s lives. This has been achieved and supported by the commitment of Possability People’s very talented team of staff and volunteers.
Geraldine enjoys travelling and socialising with friends and family and following their exploits on social media. She loves walking, especially with her young Yorkiepoo, Izzy, a recent addition to the family.
Mandy Crandale Projects and Innovations Officer
T: 01273 894040
Mandy’s job involves designing and developing projects based on disabled people’s needs, finding ways of getting the funding for them, and then supporting the staff and volunteers to put the plans into action.
Mandy came to Possability People over five years ago, bringing a broad range of experience from the private, public and charity sectors. She has experienced first-hand the barriers many of our beneficiaries face, having learnt the hard way how important it is to manage a complex mental health condition.
Passionate about our vision and mission, Mandy oversees different areas of activity, including the Right Track project, the Get Involved Group and the Community Employment Service. She works hard behind the scenes to support the whole organisation, keeping us on track with our objectives, working closely with fundraisers and ensuring we can demonstrate the impact of the work Possability People does.
Outside of work, Mandy is happiest when off camping with her partner and two dogs, reading by an open fire amongst the trees; or roaring around the countryside on her new passion – her little Mutt Motorcycle.
Katharine Russell Volunteer and Services Officer
Katharine makes sure people have access to the information and support they need. This involves managing our Disability Information & Advice Services for Brighton & Hove and East Sussex, alongside the Brighton Advocacy service, and Shopmobility, our low cost scooter and wheelchair hire service.
Another big part of her job is running our volunteer programme, ensuring wherever there is a service, volunteers are involved. As an organisation led by disabled people, having disabled volunteers involved in all aspects of the organisation is essential. She champions this message to volunteer involving organisations across the county.
She has worked for Possability People for 10 years and has seen the organisation grow from strength to strength. She is passionate about ensuring disabled people are seen and heard across the county in all aspects of everyday life.
When she is not at work, she spends as much time in the countryside as possible walking her dog, Mabel.
Mike is responsible for monitoring the financial position of the charity and reporting quarterly to the Central Management Team, and then on to the Board. The Finance function he manages issues invoices to our clients for services performed by the charity and its trading subsidiary, ensures payments to suppliers and staff for charity expenditure and, (most importantly) pays staff wages.
The charity has to produce statutory accounts to comply with Company and Charity law, and Mike prepares these for the annual audit.
Mike spent most of his working years as a company accountant for various insurance companies. However, he found his niche when he joined another Brighton charity and experienced much greater job satisfaction in the voluntary sector.
Mike spends most of his leisure time with his family, although attending gigs (especially Bruce Springsteen) wherever he can with his wife is always a worthwhile activity
Katy’s job is to make sure Possability People gets the right information to the right people when they need it. This includes PR and press, producing our publications managing our social media and website, making sure our lovely new brand is used properly, keeping an eye on and dealing with the media, and planning communications support for the teams and any campaigns or projects we are involved with.
She has worked in PR (public relations) and communications for 25 years, both for national charities and more recently, local ones.
Her favourite piece of work at Possability People has been the launch of the new name and brand. “Massively challenging on a small budget, but made possible by a wonderful, hard working and very committed team; the end result was definitely worth it”.
She can often be found doing an odd dance called Balboa (even in the office), taking photos of her journey to work on the bus, or watching vintage motorcycles whizzing around a track. Favourite colour is orange.