Who we are


Joanne Gordon


  • My job is Co-ordinator of the Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team and I ensure that we operate efficiently.
  • You’ll probably speak to me when you initially ring as I usually organise visits.
  • I am also a Trustee of the Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum (a collective of Asbestos Support Groups around the Country which meet to  act on behalf of victims and their families).  Therefore, I will work for you on any campaigns for Justice.
  • If you are part of an organisation in your area that would like to find out more about DAST, the support we offer and our campaigns, I’m happy to come along and give a talk.

Natalie Woodward

Benefits Adviser

  • I have worked at DAST since 2008 and I am the Benefits Adviser.
  • I visit you at home to ensure that you are comfortable in your surroundings
  • Explain benefits and government compensation
  • Offer advice about making a civil compensation claim
  • I offer a full benefits check where necessary to ensure that I maximise your income
  • I also represent at Tribunals
  • Apply for other grants where appropriate

Jo Reeve

Bereavement Support Worker

  • Providing Bereavement support across the East Midlands. Providing 1 – 2 – 1 support and advice, on telephone or through home visits.
  • Practical advice and assistance with benefits and posthumous claims.
  • Information and advice regarding the Coroners Service and Inquests.
  • Jo can also assist with applying for probate.
  • Jo also facilitates our Lighthouse Bereavement Support Groups and is always available with a listening ear.

If the future seems overwhelming, remember that it comes one moment at a time.

Sarah Walters

Funding Development Worker

Contact for:

  • Information about DAST fundraising initiatives including Walk a Mile for Mesothelioma, 100 Club, legacies, In memoriam collections, sponsored events and corporate sponsorship
  • Information on grant funded historical projects such as Our Asbestos Heritage and Asbestos on Farms
  • Befriending and volunteering details
  • Writing for wellbeing initiatives

Shay Boyle

Project Worker for TRUST

Role includes:

  • Performing Hearing Tests
  • Community Outreach Support
  • Administrative  Support
  • Accident at Work Support

Clare Griffiths

Administrative Support

Role includes:

  • Administrative & Project Support
  • Website updates
  • Social Media updates
  • Events & Projects Promotion