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.

Anne Bygrave

Director of Operations
Anne has spent all of her career working with and for people with health conditions or disabilities. This has encompassed adult and children’s services in assessment, commissioning, development of strategy and setting up new service delivery models, and latterly in private provider organisations including the Education delivery of independent special schools and children’s homes. Anne has gained this experience in the NHS, Local Authorities and private provider organisations.

Lynsey Robertson

Director of Business Development
Lynsey has many years of experience developing services for individuals with complex needs both in the private and third sector. Lynsey joined the sector as a support worker and has held a number of operational and strategic roles during her career, developing a sound understanding of the operational challenges of care and rehabilitation.

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.

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.

Bill Chidgey

Director of Corporate Services
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.

Victoria Pilkington

Director of Governance & Quality Assurance
Victoria has extensive experience in Health and Social Care in a variety of different sectors such as NHS, Charity and Clinical Commissioning Groups. Victoria’s knowledge and expertise spans operations management, clinical, nursing and commissioning across a number of specialities including head injury, mental health, learning disability, dementia care, children’s services, general health and social care. In previous roles Victoria ensured clinical services offered safe health care by establishing clinical governance with a robust quality assurance framework alongside NHS England quality measures.

Vivienne Francis

Director of Communications and The Foundation
Vivienne has held a number of senior marketing and external affairs roles. She undertook transformative brand reviews at Prostate Cancer UK, as well as at Alzheimer's Society, where she also built an impactful campaigning approach around social care. Vivienne will be focusing on building the brand and communications of the Trust, as well as driving fundraising growth and overseeing the work of The Foundation to support policy development, research and innovation.