Irene Sobowale

Chief Executive
Irene was initially appointed as The Disabilities Trust’s Director of Finance in March 2013 and became the Chief Executive in March 2015. Prior to joining the Trust, Irene held a number of senior finance roles within the CLS Group and elsewhere, including Barclays Bank. Irene is also a qualified accountant and ACCA Fellow.

Catherine Murray-Howard

Director of BIRT, Strategy and Business Development

Catherine has worked for the last nine years in Health & Social Care, specifically in not-for-profit organisations. She was Deputy CEO/Director of Business Development at Community Integrated Care for 5 years and before that she was Director of Development at a mental health charity. She holds a Master’s Degree (with Distinction) in Business Administration and spent 15 years in her early career in the commercial sector, specifically senior positions in management.

Caroline Taylor

Director of Autism and Disability Services
Caroline is an experienced senior manager in public, private and third sector health and social care organisations. Previous roles have included managing a national portfolio of specialist Learning Disability and Autism services, General Manager of the National High Secure Women’s Service, Director of Nursing and various Hospital Director and General Manager roles.

Sarah Clifford

Director of Communications and the Foundation
Sarah has 26 years’ experience in not-for-profit and government communications for various organisations including the Home Office and The National Trust. After five years as Communications Director at the Independent Police Complaints Commission, she headed up communications at national charity Young Epilepsy, joining The Disabilities Trust in 2011.

Naomi Carey

Director of Human Resources
Since obtaining her MA in Strategic Human Resource Management Naomi is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This has been within the private sector (as Worldwide HR Director for the Tetley Group) and the not for profit sector (as Strategic Head of HR for Action for Children) as well as running her own HR consultancy..

David Pilsbury

Director of Governance and Quality Assurance
David is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Health & Safety, holds an MSc degree in Corporate Governance and is a qualified Lead Auditor. Having started his career within the marine safety sector, he later worked for the Prison Service and NHS in various safety, risk and quality roles in community, mental health and acute settings.

David Cunningham

Company Secretary
David has over 30 years’ experience as a company secretary in the commercial sector including listed and private equity owned companies and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. David joined The Disabilities Trust in September 2014 as Company Secretary and this is his first role in the charity and health and care sector.

Dr Sue Copstick

Director of Clinical Services
Sue's career in Neuroscience has involved clinical, teaching and research work at the South West Neuroscience Centre, Plymouth and the Institute of Neurological Sciences, Glasgow. Her interests lie in improving neuropsychological assessment of brain function to the integration of positive psychology approaches within the Neurobehavioural model of brain injury rehabilitation.

Nathan Baranowski

Director of Technology
Nathan has over 15 years experience in transformation, technology and innovation. For the last seven years he has worked across a number of health and social care providers to enable them to transform their business through technology. Nathan is an accomplished transformation programme director, entrepreneur and strategist and owner of his own technology business.

Bill Chidgey

Director of Finance
Bill has worked at senior levels in the private sector for companies including McCann Erickson, in the international property investment field, and also as Finance Director for the Royal Hospital for NeuroDisability in Putney.