Management Team

The Management Team provides support to Staff and Volunteers and also plans and ensures that all projects delivered by EDA are run effectively and that clients are provided with the best possible services.

(Note: We will shortly be adding individual Manager profiles which will provide  more information about their work, skills and background.)

The team is supported by the EDA Trustees who also meet regularly.

Liane Burn

Chief Executive Officer

Mary White

Deaf Project Manager

Mary joined as a Volunteer for DIAS in 1996 and became involved with the Deaf Project shortly after. In 1998 she became a sessional worker for Community Forum which ran advocacy services for people with learning difficulties and still volunteered. Mary then became employed part time for both the Deaf Project and Community Forum until 2005 when she became a full time worker for the Deaf Project. In July 2015 Mary became the Project Manager when Marianne Holford, who was the Project Manager for many years retired. Mary says ``I have a lot to live up to!! I like to describe myself as a jack of all trades and master of none, always like a challenge and my job gives me that most days. I like to solve the many issues that my client group have to deal with but it applies to all the barriers that are often experienced by everyone who has a disability or illness. My weakness is as a dog owner, too soft.``

Carol Pride

Independent Living Service Manager

George Nahlis

Business Development Manager

George joined EDA 2013 working on helping agencies establish and improve their advice services to local people. As Business Development Manager his work involves online marketing and communications, managing the website and social media and e-newsletter. He also works with EDAs external partners and stakeholders and new service development. He has worked widely across local and central government projects and services and in voluntary sector organisational and service development. He has worked in Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, London Voluntary Service Council, National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux, Business LInk in London, Local Government and Education NTOs and Sector Skills Councils, and several London Boroughs, and also currently as an external consultant.

George lives in Enfield and likes to promote the boroughs business and community life.

Karen Grimes

DIAS/Interim Udirect Manager