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 Services 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

Development and Marketing Manager

My name is Carol Pride and my official title is : Development and Marketing Manger.

And I have been part of EDA for 17 years and began my journey working with the disability information and advice service as volunteer in 2001. This gave me a great foundation of knowledge which I have been able to build on over the years as my career developed and I moved into different roles.

My current role is:

· Identify funding opportunities for EDA and assist with bid writing.
· Develop and build on EDA’s services and have an awareness of market changes.
· Strategic and partnership developments.
· Quality assurance.
· Consultation distribution and awareness raising.
· Planning events and co-ordinating.
· Assisting with day to day staff issues .
· Liaising with partners.
· Assisting clients.

Karen Grimes

Independent Living Manager