Welcome Words by the New ENIL Director

Welcome Words by the New ENIL Director

My name is Zara Todd and as of the 1st of October I have replaced Jamie Bolling as the Director of the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL). This is an exciting time to be joining ENIL and I am looking forward to joining the staff team full time in Brussels.

What attracted me to ENIL was its diverse and grassroots membership and the passion which underlies its work. It is a challenging time across Europe to be a disabled person seeking access to independent living, which means the need for ENIL’s policy and advocacy work continues to grow. I believe strongly that we must continue to work with our membership and partner with other organisations to ensure that the independent living movement continues to grow and that ALL disabled people have choice and control of their lives.

Over the next few years, ENIL will work to create new ways to engage and support disabled people and our organisations to work with us. We will achieve this by continuing to provide information and training which supports the increased understanding of what independent living means in practice. We want to celebrate independent living practices and challenge policies and practices which do not support the UN CRPD.

As an important part of ENIL’s success to date, I am looking forward to continuing to build our relationship going forward. If you would like to arrange a meeting or a Skype with me, please email zara.todd@enil.eu

Zara Todd



October 31, 2017, 8:53 am

Dear Zara, congratulations on your new role (I heard the talk you gave as part of the European Day of Persons with Disabilities a couple of years ago). I also met Dilyana Deneva at a meeting in Malta earlier on this year, and she has kept me posted on the work of ENIL. Best of luck with your work, Eilis


November 1, 2017, 9:08 am

Good luck Zara with your new role. Especially this time when disabled people accross Europe are given voice as much as never it is greatly important to advocate and ensure that they have their say. I am sure your work with ENIL will contribute to this process!!!

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