Phoebe Pennington

Phoebe Pennington

Deputy Operations Manager and Safeguarding Lead

Phoebe joined the Diversity and Ability operations team at the end of her psychology conversion Masters in 2018, following a move from studying law to a more compassionate career path.  Growing up around Oxford, she’s now grown thorough roots in Brighton from studying both degrees at the University of Sussex, with a year abroad in beautiful Prague, but escapes to her mum’s in Cornwall for sun, sea and dog walking when the trains allow it.  Phoebe is a pet enthusiast and assigns her strong sense of justice to growing up in a big family, along with her Libra star sign, and loves the community spirit and easy going nature of D&A (where it’s much easier to get a word in and feel heard than amongst a gaggle of siblings!).

Having benefited hugely from DSA support herself, Phoebe is passionate about getting people the support they need and deserve.  Within D&A, she is a key part of the operations team, organising support primarily for university students and working as a Safeguarding Lead, whilst also heading up our anti-homelessness social justice work, raising awareness of the impacts of neurodiversity and potentially life changing assistive technologies, as well as addressing the need for appropriate training for frontline workers and their clients.  Outside of work she spends her spare time volunteering with Samaritans, offering much needed non-judgemental listening support, and can also be found immersing herself in some of Brighton’s more weird and wonderful yoga classes or walking around deep in a true crime podcast or episode of The Archers – in her mid twenties she is an old lady at heart.