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 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

Executive Director of Operations
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 Transformation & 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..

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.

Donald Davie

Director of Technology
Donald has extensive experience in technology spending his early career working for Global IT organisations developing and deploying enterprise wide computer systems to commercial organisations. Latterly, he spent 15 years with TNT Express responsible for all document management systems globally and providing outsourced technology services to UK national and local government organisations including over 50 health care trusts, major banks, financial institutions and multi-national plc’s. A school Governor, Donald is looking forward to bringing his healthcare and commercial technology experience to bear at the trust and is particularly excited about developing assistive technology.

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.

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.