Disability Awareness Day
Sunday 15th July 2018
The management team for DAD (Alias DAD's Army) consists of representatives from voluntary and Statutory organisations.
WDP Chief Executive and Event Founder & Co-ordinator.
After 27 years, this event continues to improve and grow, due to Dave’s passion and belief in the event, working tirelessly in the lead up to event and beyond. Dave is constantly looking at ways to improve and develop the event further. He’s the originator of the saying “Team WDP” and strongly believes in the strength of our team. If you can’t find him, check out the Scuba Diving Pool.
WDP Honorary President
Mrs DAD. Completes the final exhibitor packs mail out with Brun and organises the DAD Week Team, which includes making sure they are kept fed and watered at ‘Pam’s Café’. Being married to Dave also means being married to DAD.
WDP DAD Administration Coordinator.
Caroline coordinates a large portion of the administration for the event, overseeing the Stewards registrations and locations, Communications, DAD programme content, as well as coordinating the VIP Reception for sponsors and supporters. This is all done with support from the DAD Admin and Communications Teams, alongside a fantastic team of volunteers.
WDP Head Steward and member of the DAD Week Team.
Gavin has grown up with DAD, taking part in the very first DAD event at the age of 12. Dave's son and potential future Co-ordinator! As Commercial Director, he also coordinates the exhibition stands for the Disability Trading Company.
WDP Trustee, Joint Deputy Head Steward and member of the DAD Site Crew Team.
Inspirational commitment, Dave gives up over a week of his annual leave from work to volunteer with the DAD team. He is also our highways signage expert and is constantly on the look-out for new ideas and opportunities to promote DAD. He is also lead Trustee for fundraising and promotions.
WDP Joint Deputy Head Steward and member of site crew team.
John’s quad bike and trailer are a favourite with the lads, as it saves lots of time and energy. On Sunday, you will find him staffing the Steward’s Control Point with Peter.
WDP Deputy Chief Executive.
Co-ordinates the positive action schools events, our WDP stalls and provides support to all WDP team Members. Also works as a sports broadcaster and presenter for the BBC - in his spare time! Derek also supports the DAD team with our Mega Quiz Night in the Park as our Compere.
WDP DAD Facilities and Logistics Coordinator.
Brun coordinates the logistics of the event, and oversees the administration for the DAD exhibitors and artists. Co-ordinates DAD fundraising activities.
WDP Community Engagement lead.
On site coordinator of our DAD Week activities. Organises DAD promotional materials, flyers, banners and signs. Can be found with husband Dave erecting signs at midnight!
Kate provides administration for DAD exhibitor bookings and programme advertising, answering many of the queries received from organisations wishing to be involved in the event.
WDP Leisure Rec and Sports Office
Tom co-ordinates the Dave Connor Sports Zone, and he organises the DAD Party in the Park, an event held during DAD Week catering for disabled children and young people.
WDP Volunteer and professional entertainer Andy is the "newbie" to the Team but brings decades of experience, he co-ordinates the performers for our launch event and Arts Marquee.
Walton Gardens Head Ranger Gavin provides a vital link and leadership with Walton Hall and Gardens staff and volunteers to DAD. "No" is a word seldom used by our Gav.
All of our Stewards, Enablers and Assistants and to everyone who supported the Auction and Raffle prizes and everyone else that helped organise events during DAD week.
The DAD 2018 Event Site Team including Gavin, Dave W, Bob, John M, Carl, Pam, Dave T, Rob, and Mark.
The DAD 2018 Admin Office Team including Brun, Caroline, Janis, Laura, Gail, John, Derek J, Tom C, Tom W, Kate, and Veronica ably assisted by our wonderful team of volunteers.