Management board

Neil Heslop, chief executive

Neil HeslopNeil Heslop OBE was previously managing director at RNIB Solutions. He is also co-founder and trustee of Blind in Business, an organisation he set up over twenty years ago.

In a 20-year career, Neil has held senior roles in the telecoms industry in North America and the UK. These include head of strategy and general manager of retail operations at O2, CEO of Cincinnati Bell Wireless and director of CTIA — the Wireless Association.

Sarah Broad, chief financial officer

Sarah BroadSarah Broad was appointed as chief financial officer in April 2015.

Sarah had been our managing director finance since 2012 and previously held a number of senior posts at STA Travel and Computershare.

Mark Elliott, director of development

Mark ElliottMark has over 20 years’ experience in health and social care in operational management and business development in the UK and internationally.

He is responsible for property, enterprise and innovation, volunteering, customer support and leading on the development of our care services across the UK.

Hugh Fenn, executive director UK care services

Hugh FennHugh joined us in November 2016 from a senior role in social housing to take on strategic and operational leadership for the UK care business.

Hugh has previously held a number of senior roles in the aviation and hospitality sectors and has always focused on multi-site management and the delivery of exceptional customer service.

David Jessop, people director

David JessopDavid joined Leonard Cheshire Disability in August 2016. Prior to joining the charity, he held a number of senior roles within third sector and commercial organisations, including The Royal British Legion Industries, Rathbone UK and Harrods Limited.

David has a special interest in tackling social disadvantage and is a former board member of ERSA, the Employment Related Services Association.

Tiziana Oliva, international director

Tiziana OlivaTiziana has enjoyed a successful career in international development working principally in Africa. She joined the charity from the VSO’s global leadership team, where in her position as director of Africa she had responsibility for operations in 18 countries and three regional hubs.

Prior to VSO, she worked in senior leadership roles in Merlin and CARE International, with field work on humanitarian interventions as well as long term recovery and development programmes.