SHADA has grown and evolved so rapidly since in inception, that we decided to keep the structure loose rather than formalised.

SHADA is run on a voluntary basis by the following team:

Chair Claire de Than Professor of Law and Legal Advisor in Jersey and Senior Lecturer at City University in London. Human Rights and Criminal lawyer

Vice Chair Helen Dunman, teacher at the Chailey Herittage School for severely disabled students with learning disabilities

Secretary Eliot Lamb, case manager / Occupational Therapist (OT), working with brain injured people with Independent Living Solutions Ltd

Coordinator Els Payne, Massage Therapist and representative of SHADA on the Outsiders Trust board of Trustees

Convenor and Scribe Dr Tuppy Owens of Outsiders, Sex Therapist, Pioneer and Founder of SHADA and indeed the Outsiders Trust

Members are emailed with news and information, and notified of forthcoming meetings. Any member around the world can email to seek guidance and offer contributions.

We have now created SHADA International where pioneers write about their work and members can interact with them. This is on

Pro-active members can benefit from small working party meetings.

Meetings are free but usually lunch must be brought along or paid for. They are open to health and social care professionals, lawyers, researchers, therapists and sex workers, who should book a place at each meeting they wish to attend, and cancel if they are then unable to come. Each attendee is given a badge which they should return at the end of the meeting.

As some of our expert professionals are wheelchair users we alway use wheelchair accessible venues.

We ask attendees to tell everyone their name, what they do, what they have planned, what they bring to SHADA and what they wish to take away.