Ann Molyneux: Acting Chair

After graduating in Psychology, Ann trained as a teacher and in the 1980s spent several years travelling, teaching in the Middle East and south east Asia.

On returning to the UK, Ann moved from teaching to training, working as a training manager in the NHS, initially in Public Health departments before moving to Human Resources. Ann had the lead on disability issues in both of these roles – as a health promotion specialist looking at prevention of illness and maximising health in disabled people, and then as an HR manager taking organisations through the ‘Disability Two Ticks’ process and setting up networking groups for staff members with disabilities.

In 2005 Ann became freelance, working as a trainer and consultant in the fields of health improvement and management, mostly with public sector organisations, in particular the NHS.

Ann has lived in Walthamstow since 1995. She has rheumatoid arthritis and is a member of Arthritis Care

Dr David Griffith: 

David worked as a Residential Worker with Children and Adults with Learning difficulties before qualifying as a Social Worker in the mid 1980′s.  He then worked as a Mental Health and Childcare  Social Worker before specialising in community Care. David organised several Welfare Rights Campaigns to support vulnerable adults.  After completing a masters in social Policy he became a Manager of Older People’s Services in Social Services in the 90′s.  After 1998 he organised the integration of Social Works Teams into Health Centres across Hackney. In 2001 David switched to the NHS and became the Project Manager for Action on Cataracts across the North East London Sector. He then became the Manager of the North East London Eye Partnership before becoming Manager of the Whipps Cross Eye Treatment Centre.  Between 2007 and 2009 David was employed by the London Development Agency to chair their Independent Disability and Equality Group.

After completing a second masters in 2008 David was, in 2013, awarded  a Doctorate  for his Thesis on Discrimination Law and Visual Impairment.

David was previously Chair of the Waltham Forest Low Vision Forum between 2009 and 2012. He was also a member of the Disability Action Waltham Forest Management Committee between 2010 and 2012.  David has lived in Walthamstow since 1992. He is registered blind and uses hearing aids. He is married with 2 grown up children

Councillor Shameem Highfield

Shameem has been involved in the political arena for many years and is a Councillor for the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Shameem has a particular interest in disability and disabled peoples’ rights

Janet Tosko

Janet lives in Chingford and knows the local area and voluntary sector well. Janet has had a number of roles within the voluntary sector including working for Reaching Out East as manager of the Waltham Forest Low Vision Forum which Janet later chaired. Janet is a double transplant survivor, is visually impaired and a full time wheelchair user.

Ann Cope

Ann is a member of the Lung Club as well as being a member of and volunteer with Reaching Out East. Ann has a particular interest in supporting people with breathing issues.

Harshad Brambhatt

Harshad is our newest member. Harshad has a professional background in accounting and finance as well as lived experience as a carer.

email: info@reachingouteast.org.uk