ADHD UK was founded in 2020 with a mission to help those affected by ADHD – either those that have the condition or people close to them: family, friends, employers, and co-workers.
ADHD UK is a charity funded solely from personal donations – of both time and money. ADHD is a condition that affects a significant number of people in the UK and, as every person is unique, it impacts individuals differently. We aim to help people navigate their life with ADHD, we want to reduce the stigma that some attach to those with ADHD, build awareness, and undertake or fund research that will have a meaningful positive impact on those with ADHD.
We are a registered charity with charity number 1188365.
Our Five Goals
Providing accurate, pertinent, quality information for people with ADHD, their carers and medical professionals.
Providing emotional and informational support for people with ADHD and their carers via telephone, email, social media and support groups.
Undertaking or funding research that will have a meaningful positive impact on those affected by ADHD
Advocating for those with ADHD within Employment, Education, Government and Healthcare.
Raising awareness and understanding. Changing perceptions to remove any stigma and discrimination of those with ADHD.
Henry Shelford BSc (Hons) MSc MBA FRGS
Chairperson and Co-Founder
Henry was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult. He founded ADHD UK after seeing the need for more support for people with ADHD. He was previously Chairperson and CEO of SarcoidosisUK where he built the charity from near nothing to becoming a global leader for Sarcoidosis support, information and research. In March 2021 Henry was made a Point of Light by the Prime Minister for his work helping people with Sarcoidosis during the pandemic.
Henry has an MBA from Darden (University of Virginia) where he was a full Batten scholar, elected Student President, and awarded the C Sheppard Distinguished Service Award. He has a MSc in Marketing from the University of Manchester, and a BSc in Environmental Science from King’s College London. Henry is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Dr Max Davie MA MD
Trustee and Co-Founder
Max is a specialist in ADHD and has ADHD. He is a Paediatrician, working in Lambeth as part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Trust Community Services.
He is past convenor of the Paediatric Mental Health Association and current Health Improvement Officer for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Max leads the How to Manage: Emotional and behavioural problems in community paediatrics course at the College. He graduated from the University of Cambridge and finished his specialist training in London.
ADHD UK Amassador
Neal was diagnosed with ADHD of the combined type in 2020. He reached out to Henry at ADHD UK as he is passionate about raising awareness in the corporate world on the effect ADHD has in the workplace. He is determined to help both employers and employees gain knowledge and understanding on ADHD, how this effects the individual and how they can make the relevant adjustments to accommodate and ensure better business outcomes. He truly believes that by gaining knowledge, understanding and making small adjustments to the working environment can make a MASSIVE difference to how the individual feels and therefore performs.
Neal works for a FTSE 250 company and has built up a solid network of C-Suite professionals and business leaders and is using this network to help raise awareness for the charity and ADHD.
Want to help? Become an Ambassador for ADHD UK
Ambassador’s use their sphere of influence to raise awareness of ADHD and support fundraising for ADHD UK’s work.
If you are in a position of significant leadership or influence within your organisation and/or have a national profile then we’d love to talk to you about becoming an Ambassador.
If you’re potentially in a position to be an ambassador and would like to learn more then we’d love to speak to you. Please arrange a video call, at a time that suits you, with our Chairperson Henry Shelford using this scheduling link.
Ambassadors can also come through the volunteer route. We aim to recognise volunteers who’ve worked with us and created significant change. To learn more about volunteering click here.