Our Trustees

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Shamsher Dharsani (Chair)

Shamsher joined the Board in 2017. His experience is in business coaching and development, including as an independent consultant. Most recently this has been specifically with voluntary sector organisations and in particular in relation to social investment. Shamsher has experience in governance, funding and management.


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Lesley Johnson (Vice Chair)

Having worked in Solihull as a Speech and Language Therapist for adults with learning disabilities since 1986, Lesley retired in 2012 from her position managing a specialist team of Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists which supported adults with learning disabilities across Solihull. As well as her role as Trustee, Lesley also volunteers for SAtA and supports our peer visiting programme.



Jane Emeny (Treasurer)

Jane is a Financial Administrator and currently works part time for a small charity. She worked in school finance for many years and was the Bursar at Dorridge School from May 2004 to August 2016. She has been a trustee for SAtA since 2016.


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Jane Williams

Jane has been a volunteer with SAtA since 2000 and a member of the Board of Trustees since 2006. Jane has worked with and supported children and adults with learning disabilities and ASD for a number of years within Solihull and the surrounding areas, most recently at a specialist college for students with learning disabilities and autism.



Chris Brodest

Chris has worked for over 36 years in the Utilities, Waste to Energy and Education sectors and is currently contracting to the National Grid as a project consultant. Chris brings to the Board a diverse skill set in risk management, operations, commercial awareness and audit among others.


Dr Andrew Walsh

Andrew is a qualified Mental Health Nurse and worked for 24 years in a variety of NHS inpatient and community mental health services. In 2001 he became a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City University. He teaches pre-registration nursing students as well as people studying for post-graduate and Doctorate qualifications. Andrew became a SAtA trustee in 2016.



Katie Meah

Katie is a Learning Disability Nurse and Health Visitor.  She has worked with adults and children with learning disabilities who have a range of needs for 14 years.  Katie currently works as a Teaching Fellow in Learning Disability Nursing, teaching pre-registration Nursing students at Birmingham City University. Katie has been a trustee of SAtA since January 2017.