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Gail is our Programme Funding Development Manager, working to secure funds for the organisation from a variety of institutional sources.
Having studied French at university, Gail was inspired by Jean Vanier and L’Arche to work in the disability sector. She secured large-scale funding for Mencap, enabling its partner organisations to pioneer disability services in Romania, Albania or Macedonia - including for particularly marginalised groups, such as children with HIV/AIDS and additional disabilities. Equally, she left her mark in a visionary speech delivered in the House of Lords by Mencap’s President, Lord Rix, calling for a UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Later, Gail created the European Guide Dog Federation to represent Europe’s guide dog users - a brand new organisation, which she quickly took to the top, through major funding from the European Commission.