Barbara has worked in a Wiltshire based advice agency as a Welfare Benefits advisor and case worker for the past 15 years, giving advice on all aspects of Welfare Benefits from initial claim to appeal. Trained as a teacher, she has been writing and delivering training courses on Welfare Benefits for 10 years.
Steve has been a welfare rights worker and writer for 17 years and has represented clients before appeal tribunals and social security commissioners. He is the author, along with Holiday Whitehead, of the guides to claiming disability and incapacity benefits on this website. He has also written about welfare benefits for a wide range of disability organisations, including: Disability Alliance (now DRUK); National Association for Colitis and Crohn's disease; Spinal Injuries Association; Multiple Sclerosis Society. He has been providing training in welfare benefits for the past 12 years.
Tamara has been a welfare rights worker for more than 20 years, initially in the voluntary sector with Citizens’ Advice Bureau. Tamara currently works for Colchester Borough Council as Community Welfare Manager. The teams Tamara manages include the Welfare Rights Team, Warm Homes Team and Macmillan Welfare Benefits Service. Tamara also has the responsibility for older peoples’ services for the council. The services are linked by the work they do with anti-poverty issues and social inclusion. Tamara has delivered welfare rights training for Benefits & Work and LASA all over the UK.
Holiday Whitehead is a qualified barrister and employment law specialist who has worked in and for the voluntary sector for over 20 years. Organisations Holiday has provided employment law training for include: the Directory of Social Change; the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations; the University of the West of England; Learning Curve and Progress South West. Holiday is also co-author of a wide range of guide to disability benefits.