Azeez Akala

Azeez has joined the team in 2020 as our Impact Officer. He is working alongside our Progamme Managers to measure the change we are making to the lives of people with Down syndrome, ensuring that our work is effective. Azeez is studying a Masters Degree in Applied Social Data Science. After that he hopes to become a data scientist tackling issues surrounding educational attainment.

Tina Bealing

Tina has been working at DSi as Operations and Finance Manager since January 2017. Tina is the first point of contact for new and existing contacts and manages all operations and finance matters. 

Andrew Boys

Andrew has been the Executive Director of Down Syndrome International since the launch of the DSi secretariat in 2009 in the UK, working with DSi’s Board of Trustees to establish a global membership network in 136 countries. Andrew's brother Alex has Down syndrome.

Kate Burhouse

Kate has joined the team in 2020 as our Data Officer. Kate will be maintaining and improving our data management systems and processes, ensuring compliance and working with our operational team.

Robin Gibson

Robin Gibson, who recently helped us deliver self-advocacy training in Bangladesh, joined the team in May 2020, working with self-advocates and advising on inclusive participation.

Ishaque Mia

Ishaque joined the team in November 2020 as our Inclusion Works Bangladesh Fellow. He is based in Dhaka, Bangladesh and is working with our Programme Managers on the Inclusion Works project, with a focus on the inclusive employment of persons with Down syndrome.

Simon Okwii

Simon Okwii joined the team in September 2020 as a Programme Fellow. He is based in Kampala, Uganda and works on our project supporting member organisations in Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda to advocate for the inclusive employment of persons with Down syndrome.

Helen Powell

Helen has been working at DSi since 2014. As Programme Manager, she is working on various projects including the development of international guidelines in healthcare, education and inclusive participation for people with Down syndrome. Helen's daughter has an intellectual disability.

Nathan Rowe

Nathan Rowe has been working with DSi since January 2017. As Programme Manager he designs and manages projects, delivers training and provides support to DSi's member organisations. Nathan's younger sister has an intellectual disability.

Anna Sands

Anna Sands is our Supporter Engagement Manager. She has been working for DSi since February 2018. Anna is the first point of contact for new enquiries and also keeps in regular contact with our existing supporters. She is responsible for our websites, newsletters and social media. Anna has a son with Down syndrome.

Maya Sproule

Maya is working with DSi as a Programme Officer, while at the same time studying for a masters degree in Conflict, Security and Development. Maya hopes to qualify as a human rights lawyer in the future, in order to ensure that rights are accessible to all.