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Karen Osborn
Chief Executive

Karen joined KAB in February 2007. KAB's Trustees delegate day-to-day responsibility for running the charity to the Chief Executive, so Karen is responsible for KAB's strategy, finances, policy, and service delivery and development. She has over 20 years experience of voluntary sector management, mainly gained with disability charities.

Vanessa Stanley

Vanessa Stanley
Head of Human Resources

Vanessa joined KAB in July 2002 having worked in Human Resources for The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and Marie Curie Cancer Care. Vanessa is responsible for all areas of KAB recruitment, performance management, organisational policies and training on personnel issues.

Jen Beardsley

Jen Beardsley
Head of Finance

Jen has been with KAB since August 2007 and has responsibility for the financial controls and the day-to-day running of the finance department. Jen is a qualified chartered accountant, having trained in audit with Pricewaterhouse Coopers and later moving on to a number of different charities.

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Head of Fundraising

Amanda Croft-Pearman joined KAB as Head of Fundraising in 2014. She brings a wealth of fundraising experience to the team having previously worked at NSPCC, the Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate and most recently as Chief Operating Officer at Oracle Cancer Trust which is based at The Royal Marsden Hospital.


Katherine Barr
Rehab Operations Manager

Katherine joined KAB in April 2011 and has responsiblility for the day to day running of the six rehabilitation teams across Kent, Bromley and Medway. She also leads on specific projects such as the Peer Support Programme. Prior to KAB Katherine worked in Service Management for Barnardo’s.


Kay Mannering
Guide Communicator Service Manager

Kay first joined KAB as a Guide Communicator in 2002 and worked as a GC for 5 years. After a short break from KAB, she re-joined in 2009 as a Senior Guide Communicator and was promoted to Service Manager in 2011. Before joining KAB, Kay taught Deaf Awareness and BSL for 9 years.  


Avril Chapman
Training Manager

Avril joined KAB in April 2005. She has academic responsibility for the Foundation Degree in Rehabilitation and is Internal Verifier for our accredited Open College Network (OCN) Sensory Impairment courses. Avril is a qualified teacher and gained her experience managing programmes and teaching within Adult Education.


Marten Rayner
Digital Production Manager

Marten is responsible for the running our Talking Newspapers and Transcription services, supported by 11 teams of volunteers across the county. Marten has more than 20 years experience in audio production and is a regular contributor to professional audio forums and magazines. 

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