Our trustees have overall responsibility for everything the charity does. They serve for a fixed period.
- Sally Davis
- Martin Davidson
- Richard Brooman
- Vicci Chittenden
- Elizabeth Haywood
- Alastair Hignell
- Colin Hunter
- Ranald Mair
- Catriona Rayner
- Rena Shepherd
- Anubha Shrivastava
- Justin Tydeman
Sally Davis, chair
Sally has a breadth of experience from working at a number of major telecoms companies, including as Chief Executive at BT Wholesale for four years, where she was an active champion of equality and diversity issues. She has run global teams and projects in the UK and the USA, including setting up a cable TV company and pioneering new inclusive technologies. Sally currently holds a number of non-executive roles with major telecommunications and computer companies.
Martin Davidson, vice-chairman
Martin Davidson, KCMG, has a keen interest in international work, which has been a constant feature throughout his career. He was has 30 years' experience of work overseas, especially in China, and was previously chief executive at the British Council. Martin is Chairman of the Great Britain China Centre and is also Chairman of International Inspiration, a charity which uses sport to positively impact upon the lives of children, young people and marginalised groups around the world.
Martin was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 2013 for his services to British cultural, scientific and educational interests worldwide.
Richard chairs the audit and risk committee of a central London mental healthcare NHS foundation trust. He has a strong financial background, with extensive board-level experience in financial and operational management in the public and private sectors.
Richard is a non-executive director and chairman of the audit and valuations committee for a listed private equity investment trust.
Vicci has always actively campaigned for disabled people’s rights, being a founding member of the lobby that brought about the disability discrimination legislation in the UK and playing a key role in changing governmental policy. Recognising a need for change, she set up and chaired a disability access group working with borough and county councils, also working in the education department running disability awareness and equality training.
Vicci is a co-founder of the Centre for Independent Living Kent, which works county-wide with social care networks, and gives disabled people access to the information to change their lives. Diagnosed with MS at 17, she has worked locally as a chairperson, regionally and nationally within the MS Society, most recently reviewing the NICE guidelines.
Vicci uses our services and believes that the views of people we support should be heard at the top — as such, she co-chairs the Customer Action Network.
Elizabeth has had a varied business career which has given her exposure to a wide range of networks across Wales, the UK and Europe. She has lobbied government in Wales and London successfully on a number of issues and chaired a ministerial task force.
As Director for Wales at the CBI, Elizabeth worked to reinvigorate its profile by developing partnerships with a range of companies. Elizabeth brings an understanding of fundraising and governance from her extensive experience contributing to commercial, charity and public sector boards.
Alastair Hignell, CBE, has a keen interest in improving employment and leisure opportunities for disabled people.
He is a UK household name as an England rugby player, a talented county cricketer and sports broadcaster. Alastair has been a teacher and television presenter as well as patron for the national multiple sclerosis charity, the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre.
Colin Hunter is a general practitioner in Skene Medical Group outside Aberdeen, where he has been a partner for 32 years. He has a particular interest in learning disability and elderly people, providing care to two specialised community units and a nursing home. He has been involved in training GPs and other healthcare professionals and from 2000 to 2005 was national coordinator for primary care at NHS Education for Scotland.
Colin is currently chair of trustees of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a role he assumed in 2014, following nine years as its honorary treasurer. During this period, the college’s income moved from £16m to £40m and the charity relocated to new purpose-designed premises.
Colin has had a career long interest in quality assurance and quality improvement. He was awarded an OBE for services to primary care in Scotland in 2000, recognising his leadership role in the development of a voluntary practice-based quality scheme. This scheme formed the basis for much of the quality and outcomes framework which became part of the UK GP contract in 2004.
Outside his work he enjoys walking from his cottage in Braemar and singing (sometimes simultaneously!).
Ranald is a social work and social care professional with over 40 years’ experience in a range of roles as a practitioner, manager, educator and sector representative. Over the past 10 years as CEO of Scottish Care, he has been heavily involved in the development and funding of services for adults and older people. He now operates as a freelance social care consultant.
Ranald has taken part in a number of Scottish government working groups, including the development of the national dementia strategy, and the review of the national care standards. The goal as he sees it is to achieve consistency between public policy, resource allocation and practice, with the rights and interests of those who use services at the heart of all that goes on.
Catriona has held various senior finance roles, most recently as finance director for Dolland and Aitchison. Before that she worked at Marks and Spencer, initially as international finance director and then became their head of group planning.
Catriona is interested in performing arts, particularly opera and ballet, and is a board member of Greenwich Dance.
Rena is a disabled person who has been a senior executive at both Parcelforce and Royal Mail, where she was diversity champion on the board. She worked to improve inclusion by rewriting policies covering recruitment, promotion and disability, as well as implementing an online disability learning centre for managers of disabled people. She has a good understanding of the care environment in Northern Ireland and has held a range of public appointments including in the health and social care sectors.
Until recently, Rena served on the board of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, where she chaired the policy committee. She has strong government links and experience of lobbying and advocacy. In 2008, Rena took a high profile role as Chair of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, giving her further exposure across government departments.
Anubha Shrivastava has wide ranging experience in managing private investment portfolios. She has global investment and fundraising experience and has served in senior roles across the UK, US and Asian markets. In 2013, She founded Eos Equity, a private equity advisory platform. Prior to that Anubha was a Managing Director at CDC Group, based in London, as Head of Asia until 2012. She was directly responsible for Asian investments spanning South and South-East Asia and China. Anubha moved to CDC from Performance Equity Management (formerly General Motors Asset Management) in 2007, where she headed the London office and was responsible for managing the European portfolio.
Additionally, Anubha serves on the Board of a London based Housing Association. She also serves on an Investment Committee for DFID and international charity addressing rural development in India.
Justin brings a wealth of financial expertise to the charity. He is an experienced chief executive in leading international services businesses.
Justin is currently the Chief Executive Officer of PHS Group, a leading workplace services provider. For six years, Justin was the Chief Executive Officer of Selecta Group, Europe’s largest food and drink vending company. Prior to this he was Group Corporate Development Director at Compass Group, operating in 50 countries with over 500,000 employees.
Contacting our trustees
If you wish to contact any or all of our trustees, please email LCDtrustees@leonardcheshire.org or write c/o The Company Secretary, Leonard Cheshire Disability, 66 South Lambeth Road, London, SW8 1RL. Relevant communication will be forwarded.