• Our People

    We would be nothing without the team of staff, managers, trustees and volunteers who all have an important role to play in the delivery of our services.

The staff of Disability Action Yorkshire are a vital part of delivering our services. We would love to tell you more about each and every one of them, but there are far too many! We can tell you a little bit more about the Board of Trustees and the Senior Management Team though:

Senior Management Team

The senior management team are responsible for the strategic and day to day running of Disability Action Yorkshire.

Who we are

Jackie Snape – Chief Executive

I was born in Louth, Lincolnshire, where I trained and worked as a nurse. I moved to Harrogate, North Yorkshire in 1987 and still think it is an amazing place to live. I have many years experience of working in social care and in particular in the management of services. I joined Disability Action Yorkshire in 2001 as Operations Manager and became Chief Executive in 2007. I feel very lucky to have this job, I enjoy the challenges and the diversity that every day brings

To contact Jackie email or ring 01423 855413

Toni McCoy – Finance Manager

I am Yorkshire born and bred, with a Business degree from Bradford University. I became a chartered accountant in 2006 and run my own practice. I am thrilled to be part of the fantastic team at such a great Yorkshire charity. When I’m not crunching numbers, I enjoy running road races, drinking real ale, eating lobster and reading horror stories.

To contact Toni email or ring 01423 855414

Steven Taylor, Care Home Manager

Steven Taylor – Information & Guidance Manager

I am currently the Information and Guidance Manager for Disability Action Yorkshire.  My previous roles have included working for Liverpool Social Services at a mental health resource centre and at Mencap.

To contact Steven email or ring 01423 855410

Karen Minteh – Registered Manager

I live in Leeds with my Husband and Daughter. I Started with Disability Action Yorkshire in January 2013 as Deputy Homecare Manager and was promoted to Registered Manager at 34 Claro Road. I have a vast amount of experience within adult social care, I have thoroughly enjoyed the time that I have spent working with the organisation so far and very much look forward to what the future holds. I enjoy going to the cinema, watching my daughter run, taking part in fundraising events and spending lots of quality time with my family

Board of Trustees (Directors)

The Board are responsible for the governance of Disability Action Yorkshire. There are currently eight members of the Trustee Board which meets at least six times a year. The Chair of the Board is Martyn Weller, the Vice Chair is Howard Marshall and the Treasurer is Ian Bergel.

Who we are

Neil Revely (Chair)

I have many years of senior leadership experience in social care and housing. My early career was spent with Durham County Council prior to moving to North Yorkshire in 1998, and subsequently, from 2007 until 2016, being Executive Director in Sunderland. After 38 years in Local Government I established Revely Consultancy Limited in May 2016 working with a range of Social Care, Health, and Housing organisations. I am a member of the National Executive of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and currently Chair the ADASS Housing Policy Network.

A resident of Harrogate since 1999, I am keen to give some of my time to support the local community and with a passion for enabling people to live independent fulfilled lives, I am delighted to have the opportunity to Chair DAY. My outside interests include playing clarinet and saxophone, a keen concert and theatre goer, and following football as a season ticket holder at Sunderland.


Andrew Newton (Vice Chair)

I have long experience running my own businesses but, having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2009, have engaged with Health & Adult Services and the NHS as well as local charities to help them better understand the needs of their clients. From “making it real” with HAS to the Equality & Diversity Group with Harrogate & District Foundation Trust as well as many other associated panels I have a lot to bring to Disability Action Yorkshire. I am also Chair of the Physical & Sensory Impairment Board for North Yorkshire County Council and sit on the board for Healthwatch North Yorkshire.

Howard Marshall, Vice Chair

Howard Marshall (Vice Chair)

I am a Director of Marshall Zoing Ltd. a wealth management firm based in Harrogate where I live with my wife Jeanette and our daughter Jade. I have a deep personal interest in disability issues as my children have the progressive generic condition Friedreichs Ataxia. Whilst awareness of disabled people has improved over the years I believe that there is some way to go to ensure that those with disabilities are not further disadvantaged by society’s lack of knowledge, reduced opportunities and prejudice. I enjoy walking, gardening and fund-raising for a number of charities. I also a trustee of Ataxia UK.

Sue Grace

Why am I a DAY trustee? My background is in education and one of the things I have done in my later life is to write a book trying to encourage new university lecturers to be more inclusive in the classroom. I was asked to do this based on having  worked in a wide range of educational situations and with lots of different groups of students – this seems to me to tie in with DAY’s desires to assist everyone to live their lives independently and in as full a way as possible. So I guess that is why I got involved!

After working in London in various colleges and schools I completed a PhD in the history of crime.  Latterly I taught for almost 20 years at the University of York. For my last 10 years there I was responsible for the training of the new lecturers. The fascinating part about this time was working with staff from a wide range of subjects and seeing how differently people could think! Having ‘retired’ I was then asked to help the Hull York Medical School to set up a similar course for doctors and health professionals in the region. This has given me a useful insight into many aspects of workplace training. I am also a magistrate in York, am married to an ear, nose and throat surgeon and have 2 grown up sons.

Andrew Glen

I bring significant commercial, communications and change management experience at a strategic and operational level to our organisation. I have worked as a director for national and international businesses including the Virgin Group where I was a member of the team which developed the ground breaking social enterprise Virgin Health Bank. My association with Disability Action Yorkshire began when I volunteered to help with marketing activities and I have also been working with the organisation to support the development of our vision for the future and strengthen our commercial focus. I am passionate about developing innovative strategies to further our mission of putting the needs and wants of disabled people at the heart of what we do and I am looking forward to working with my fellow Trustees and the management team to support and develop our work.

Noel Moriarty

Originally from Leeds, but spent a long time wandering around the UK, Europe and parts of North America in corporate life as a business consultant working with blue chip multinational clients.  Mainly, my work involved undertsnading and deploying technology for improving business efficiency – helping my clients to understand how to get the technology to work best for them in a business sense.  I ‘semi’ retired from IBM in 2009 and continue to work in the same field for small and medium busineess in the UK, and own an internet marketing company.

I became interested in disability issues through my son who has an incomplete C4/5 spinal cord injury as a result of a holiday accident.


Mike Patterson

I am a specialist employment lawyer working for Berwins Solicitors, based in Harrogate.  Originally from Bangor in Northern Ireland, I have lived in Leeds since 2006 and now consider Yorkshire to be “home from home”.  I have been aware of Disability Action Yorkshire for some time and recognise the fantastic work the charity does, in and around Harrogate.  As a trustee, I look forward to sharing my experience with the DAY team and working with my fellow trustees, to help in the charity’s future growth and success