Phoebe Pennington

Phoebe Pennington

Operations Manager and Safeguarding Lead

Pronouns: she/her

Phoebe is the Operations Manager at D&A as well as working part-time as a Specialist Mental Health and Autism Spectrum Mentor for DSA students, and being a Listening Volunteer for Samaritans – it’s safe to say she relies on many assistive technologies, organisation and wellbeing strategies to get through busy weeks!

Having benefited hugely from DSA support herself, Phoebe is passionate about the delivery of tailored support for disabled and neurodiverse people in education, work, and for those facing homelessness. She is heavily involved in onboarding and supporting D&A’s staff and associates, including encouraging and facilitating ongoing CPD opportunities, and she works closely with our partner organisations and universities to coordinate and promote access to inclusive support.

Phoebe joined the Operations Team at the end of her Experimental Psychology MSc in 2018, following a move from her undergraduate Law degree (with a year abroad in Prague) to a more compassionate career path. Growing up around Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, she has now established firm roots in Brighton from studying both degrees at the University of Sussex and escapes to her mum’s in Cornwall when she can for sun, sea, dog walking and Falmouth’s vegan doughnuts.

Phoebe has a strong sense of justice which she attributes to growing up in a big family and holds the title of Favourite Aunt to her niece and nephew. She spends her free time listening to true-crime/comedy podcasts, tricking herself into running further than she thinks she can, continuously learning about her own ADHD and being contently mediocre at yoga and piano. She is also unlikely to pass up a trip to Brighton’s pubs, cafes, the seafront or Hove Park.