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Disability Initiative

Patron – Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex has been the Patron of Disability Initiative since 2003. A regular visitor, her support and encouragement has had an incredible impact on all involved. She takes a keen interest in each and every person and all aspects of our work.


Bill Biddell DL

Bill Biddell is the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey. Bill is the Chief Executive of The Hampton Estate. He trained as a Chartered Surveyor qualifying in 1985 and practiced in central London and West Sussex. Along with being DI's President, he has been involved in numerous voluntary organisations in Surrey as President, Trustee, Chairman or Board member, including Surrey Clubs for Young People, The Whiteley Homes Trust and The Surrey County Agricultural Society.

Bill joined DI in 2002.

Vice President – Terry Berridge FCMA

Terry joined DI in 1991 as a volunteer to improve accounting and administrative systems. He served as Company Secretary and Treasurer and became a Trustee in 1996. Previously, he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of various subsidiaries of a major US/Worldwide pharmaceutical and consumer products corporation.

Terry joined DI in 1996.


Bob Ricketts CBE
Director of Support Strategy & Market Development at NHS England

A Director of NHS England supporting the development of Integrated Care Systems and STPs. Current focus developing and launching a framework to support NHS systems to build their capacity in population health management, care transformation and integration. Previously seconded to NHS England since September 2012 to develop and implement two care national strategies, developing excellent and affordable commissioning support services and creating autonomous NHS Commissioning Support Units by 2016. Launched the CSS Lead Provider Framework in February 2014.

Bob held previous Director roles within the Department of Health leading policy on commissioning, developing the NHS Standard Contract, competition policy, patient choice and choice of any qualified provider, enabling the participation of social enterprises within health and social care, transforming community services and supporting the passage of the Health & Social Care Act.

Bob graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in Geography and later gained an MBA from Henley Management College. He is a member of the CIPD.

Outside work, Bob is an active local historian, researching, publishing and lecturing about the history of his home town, Bedford.

Bob has been involved with DI since 2014 and became Chairman in August 2016.

Board of Trustees

Marianne Calder - Vice President & Managing Director, EMEA, Puppet Inc

Marianne is the GM and VP for Puppet Inc. in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Her 24 years' + experience in IT includes leading global sales teams, sales support organisations, business development and global leadership programmes and spans across California, UK, France and Denmark. Marianne joined Puppet in 2016 to lead Puppet's customer operations, including sales, marketing, and customer success throughout EMEA to help fuel Puppet's aggressive expansion in the region.

Prior to joining Puppet, Marianne spent 21 years with CISCO system in various leadership roles, most recently as Mnaging Director for the EMEA Collaboration business and the EMEA Virtual/Inside Sales Organisation.

Marianne holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School. She specialised in International Communication and Marketing and developed her thesis at Stanford University, California. Marianne is passionate about Inclusion and Diversity.

Marianne became a Trustee at DI in 2015.

John Scott - Chief Risk Officer, Zurich Global Corporate, Zurich Financial Services

John Scott is Chief Risk Officer for Zurich Global Corporate. He joined Zurich in 2001 becoming Head of Risk Insight in 2007 and took on his current role in 2009. John leads the global, regional and local implementation of the Group's enterprise risk management strategy across Zurich's Global Corporate business.

A graduate of Oxford University, with a PhD in geology from Aberystwyth University, John's early career was in the upstream oil & gas industry, where he gained wide-ranging international experience with BP. In 1995 he gained his MBA at Cranfield and joined BOC, working in the Group Strategy & Planning team and then helping to develop BOC's fast-growing Edwards business division.

John is a member of the Institute of Directors in the UK and is a contributor to the World Economic Forum Global Risks Report.

John has supported DI since 2005 and became a Trustee in 2016.

Trevor Torrington - Chief Executive Officer, Priory Healthcare

Trevor took up post as CEO of The Priory Group in December 2016 after 7 years as CEO of the Healthcare division. Priory is UK's leading provider of behavioural care, providing a wide range of services including mental health, addictions, adult residential care and supported living, children's social care and specialist education.

Trevor has over 20 years' experience within the Healthcare industry and prior to joining Priory in 2008 as Regional Manager of Healthcare, Trevor was a partner and Managing Director of Brookdale Care, having joined Brookdale Care from the Glen Care Group.

Trevor became a Trustee at DI in 2016.

Elizabeth Kennedy - Former High Sheriff of Surrey

Elizabeth Kennedy has extensive business experience and has worked for several well-known retailers, including Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Debenhams. She ran her own retail business for nearly 20 years.

Elizabeth's past charitable and voluntary work includes Cobham community group Envisage, the Cobham Conservation & Heritage Trust and Chairman of African Revival.

She was High Sheriff of Surrey for 2015/16. She is a Patron of Transform Housing and Support and was a Trustee and previous Chairman, a Trustee of the High Sheriff Youth Awards, a Director QEF Retail Trading, Chairman of the Cobham Heritage Day Committee, a Panel Member for the Elmbridge Community Fund and a Panel Member for the PCC Community Safety Fund.

Elizabeth became a Trustee at DI in 2016.

Geoff Bignell - Founder of Just Employment 1999

Geoff has had a varies career, as social worker, solicitor, senior manager and entrepreneur. Educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, he worked as a generic social worker for two County Councils before qualifying as a solicitor. He became Principal Solicitor with Warwickshire County Council and Assistant Secretary-General (Management) of The Law Society, responsible for a £50m turnover, properties, IT and HR for 700 staff. He founded Just Employment Solicitors and Advocates in 1999, working as an employment lawyer for 16 years. He became a non-executive director of companies in the transport and media sectors; with voluntary roles as vice-chairs of George Abbot School, Guildford College of Further and Higher Education and the Rail Passengers Committee for Southern England. Currently he is chair of South Western Railway's Customer Council, and of the Finance Committee of the Catholic Parish of Guildford, where he had led highly-successful fundraising campaigns.

Geoff became a Trustee at DI in 2015

Martin Parker - Head of Integrated Adult Care Commissioning, West Sussex County Council

Since 2014 Martin Parker has been Head of Adult Integrated Care Commissioning for West Sussex County Council working to transform the health and social care system in the county. Martin also leads a team managing the implementation of the Care Act in West Sussex, developing dementia services and enhancing the availability and use of Telecare and Telehealth, throughout the county. Prior to this Martin worked for Hampshire County Council for more than 13 years in a number of key roles including: Strategic Care Commissioning Manager; Joint Commissioning Manager for the Hampshire Drug and Alcohol Action team and as Business Support Officer for Early Education and Childcare.

Martin became a Trustee at DI in 2015.


Trustees take overall responsibility for everything a charity does and they act collectively to govern the organisation. DI’s Trustees are volunteers who are passionate about the work we do here. Their experience helps them make decisions about the policy and direction of the organisation although in practice many day-to-day tasks are delegated to staff through the Chief Executive.

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