Our trustees

Our board of trustees — legally responsible for the general control and management of the administration of the charity.

Sally Davis

Portrait image of Sally Davis, chair of Leonard Cheshire

Sally was appointed as chair of Leonard Cheshire 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.

David Grayson CBE

David Grayson

David is chair-designate of Leonard Cheshire.

As a disabled person, he has long championed disability rights. He was the chairman of the National Disability Council, the forerunner of the Disability Rights Commission and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

He is the immediate past Chair of Carers UK and currently chairs the Institute of Business Ethics. David is Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield School of Management. He has set up and/or run several social enterprises, charities and Public-Private-Community Partnerships.

Sylvia Anie

Sylvia Anie, Leonard Cheshire Trustee

Dr Sylvia Anie is a Chartered Scientist, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine UK, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK and a management professional.

Sylvia has worked in the area of sustainable development for several years at both international and national levels focussing largely on Governance, Health, Education and Gender.

She has demonstrable experience and understanding of large-scale international development, including experience of leading program delivery in developing countries and in leading the design, coordinating and monitoring of programmes in collaboration with development partners, private sector and civil society organisations.

In 2015 she was nominated and selected as an African Science Heroes by the Planet Earth Institute.

Richard Brooman

Richard Brooman, Leonard Cheshire Trustee

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.

Philip Cassidy

Philip Cassidy, Leonard Cheshire Trustee

Philip joined the board in September 2019. He is Executive Vice President in Concentrix and has global responsibility for M&A, Pricing, Procurement, Real Estate and Special Projects.

Philip set up his own business (gem) in 2000, grew it to 1000 people before selling it to Concentrix.

He was a finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year in 2007 and has held a number of board positions for Chamber of Commerce, Institute of Directors, Young Enterprise among others. He is also a Certified Accountant (FCCA). 

Shani Dhanda

Shani Dhanda, Leonard Cheshire Trustee

With her passion for representation and inclusion, Shani is a change agent, social entrepreneur and disability rights advocate. 

She has had a varied career and currently works with businesses to transform experiences for their disabled employees and customers. 

She is also the founder of the Diversability Card.

Prior to this Shani was an international event manager for over 10 years. Having organised and hosted many events throughout her career, she is an accomplished public speaker as part of her efforts to challenge perceptions and change attitudes around disability, especially within Asian communities.

Shani has held several trustee roles with regional to international charities in the Disability and Health sectors.

She is part of the Shaw Trust's Power List of the most influential disabled people in Britain 2018. 

Stephen Duckworth

Stephen Duckworth, Leonard Cheshire Trustee

Stephen Duckworth has held senior executive roles in small businesses and FTSE listed companies.

He trained as a doctor, broke his neck in an accident and then went on to undertake an MSc in rehabilitation studies and a PhD in disability and employment.

Over the last 10 years he has worked closely with the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health in a variety of roles as they relate to improving the life chances of disabled people.

He is currently a board member/adviser/trustee of Inspire, the Global Disability Innovation Hub, the Rugby Football Union Injured Players Foundation and Secretary to the Southern Association of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Previously he has been on the board of London2012 Olympic Delivery Authority, University of Southampton and numerous small local and regional charities.

Colin Hunter

Colin Hunter, Leonard Cheshire Trustee

Colin Hunter was a general practitioner in Skene Medical Group outside Aberdeen, where he had been a partner for 33 years, retiring in June 2018.

He had a particular interest in learning disability and elderly people, providing care to two specialised community units and a nursing home.

Colin was Chair of Trustees of the Royal College of General Practitioners 2012 to 2018 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.

Colin is a Trustee of Drinkaware, a UK charity, of St Margaret's Trust in Braemar and a Governor of Robert Gordons University in Aberdeen. He is Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners Heritage Committee.

Outside his work, he enjoys walking from his cottage in Braemar and singing (sometimes simultaneously!).

Vidar Hjardeng

Vidar Hjardeng, Leonard Cheshire Trustee

Vidar Hjardeng MBE is now Diversity Consultant for ITV News across England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland.

Vidar spent over 25 years working for ITV in the Midlands, much of that time as Editor/Executive Producer on a number of regional programmes before joining the ITV News Senior Management Team and for a number of years was a Consultant Producer with Channel 4’s daytime political programme produced by ITN.

In addition to being an Associate with the Business Disability Forum, Vidar is a motivational speaker, also delivering lectures at a number of universities.

Vidar has been a member of several regional and national Boards in the Arts and Disability sectors and he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Wolverhampton University in 2017.

Ranald Mair OBE

Ranald Mair OBE, Leonard Cheshire Trustee

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.

David Pugh

David Pugh, Leonard Cheshire Trustee

David graduated with an honours degree in Economics and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and an associate member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

He has more than 25 years of Board level and Audit Committee experience in leading multinational organisations operating in fast changing environments across a wide range of market sectors.

During his career David has successfully guided and supported the delivery of operational, commercial and financial plans in-line with impressive growth strategies. David has a strong understanding of the care sector from his previous role as the Group Finance Director of a leading publicly quoted social healthcare Group.

Hilary Sears

Hilary Sears, Leonard Cheshire Trustee

Hilary joined the Board in September 2018. She is an experienced charity chair, with private and public sector experience.

Having been a Vice President of two global executive search firms operating at Board level, she was seconded to the Cabinet Office to support talent management. 

She currently chairs King’s College Hospital Charity, and was previously Chair of the MS Society, and of KIDS, which is committed to ensuring that every disabled child has appropriate support in the community.

She has led on transformation programmes, been involved in campaigning to influence national bodies and their agenda(s) on health and social care; and understands the challenges faced by both the individuals, and the charities at a time of decreasing public funding but increasing need for support.  

Contacting our trustees

If you wish to contact any or all of our trustees, please email:

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