Our trustees have overall responsibility for everything the charity does. They serve for a fixed period.

Current trustees

Sally Davis, chair

Sally Davis - chairmanSally was appointed as chair of Leonard Cheshire Disability in October 2015.

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.

Susan Douglas-Scott, vice-chair

Susan runs her own consultancy in health, social care, disability and equality issues, working with the Scottish Government and third sector organisations.

She started her career as an occupational therapist, initially with the NHS and then in local authority settings. She moved to the third sector in leadership roles, latterly setting up the Health and Social Care Alliance with strategic partners in the sector supported by the Scottish Government.

As a disabled woman, Susan has always used her life experience in her professional life to empower others. She was a pioneer of disability equality in Scotland in the 1980s and has continued to develop her academic and professional thinking and approach to enable her to get these messages both heard and embraced. Susan brings this wealth of understanding of disability and social care services to Leonard Cheshire, believing that the voice of disabled people needs to inform the way forward for all disabled people across the UK and internationally.

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 Brooman

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 Chittenden

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 Haywood

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

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.

Catriona Rayner

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 Shepherd

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

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 Tydeman

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 or write c/o The Company Secretary, Leonard Cheshire Disability, 66 South Lambeth Road, London, SW8 1RL. Relevant communication will be forwarded.