Our Trustees

Bob Ricketts

Bob Ricketts CBE, Chairman

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.

Sir Andrew Morris, Vice Chairman

Sir Andrew Morris, Vice Chairman

Former Chief Executive of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Sir Andrew Morris OBE Hon FRCP is the lead of the Frimley Health and Care Partnership. Until February 2018 he was the Chief Executive of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust. His carreer within the NHS spanned more than 40 years where he joined as an NHS management trainee at aged 19. He was appointed unit general manager at Frimley Park Hospital in 1989 and became its first chief executive in 1991 where he remained till his retirement, making him one of the longest serving chief executives in the NHS.

Sir Andrew has led a number of notable achievements. In 1996 he amalgamated the Cambridge Military Hospital with Frimley Park leading to the incorporation of a Ministry of Defence hospital unit (MDHU) within the Trust. In 2005, Frimley Park Hospital was awarded foundation trust status and in 2014 Frimley Park Hospital was the first NHS Trust to be awarded “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission in its new inspection regime.

Andrew was appointed an officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Birthday Honours 2002 and Knighted in 2015 New Year Honours for services to healthcare. In March 2016 he was appointed the leader of the Frimley Health Sustainability and transformation plan footprint. The Health Service Journal named him as the fourth most influential Chief Executive in the English National Health Service in 2016 and in 2017 the same journal promoted him to the number one position, citing system leadership and mentoring other CEOs as important factors that decided the ranking.

Sir Andrew was awarded honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London in May 2016 for his contribution to healthcare administration. Inn February 2018, Sir Andrew retired from Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust. However, he continued as the lead for the Frimley Health and Care Accountable Care System.

Board of Trustees

Geoff Bignell, Trustee of Disability Initiative

Geoff Bignell – Founder of Just Employment 1999

Geoff has had a varied career, as a 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. Until recently he was Chair of the Finance Committee of the Catholic Parish of Guildford, where he had led highly-successful fundraising campaigns. Currently, he is Chair of South Western Railway’s Customer Council, and is soon to become a Provincial President of the Catenian Association.

Geoff became a Trustee at DI in 2015.

John Scott, Trustee of Disability Initiative

John Scott – Head of Sustainability Risk, Zurich Insurance Group

John Scott is Head of Sustainability Risk for the Zurich Insurance Group. He joined Zurich in 2001, becoming Head of Risk Insight in 2007 and then Chief Risk Officer of Zurich Global Corporate in 2009, before taking on his current role in 2018. John leads the Zurich Group’s engagement and positions on sustainability, both internally and externally as the way we deliver our purpose and values.

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 semiconductor services business BOC Edwards.

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

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

Trevor Torrington, Trustee of Disability Initiative

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.

Marianne Calder – Global Head of Inside Sales, BT, Global

As Global Head of Inside Sales for BT Global – Marianne Calder is responsible for transforming and leading a Global Inside Sales team of 120 Early-in-Career talent to create a digital growth capability and a talent engine for the future. Her 24 years+ experience in tech includes leading global sales teams, sales support organizations, business development and global leadership programs. Prior to joining BT, Marianne was the MD at the Software company Puppet and held multiple leadership roles at Cisco Systems, Inc. Throughout her career, Marianne has been deeply engaged in Inclusion & Diversity Programs and has been a Trustee at Disability Initiative since 2015. During this time, she has been instrumental in creating and hosting company-wide Giving Back events to raise awareness and funding.  Marianne holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business school and has completed leadership programs at Stanford University, INSEAD and IMD. Originally from Denmark, Marianne has lived and worked in France, California and now UK with her husband and three children.

Elizabeth Kennedy, Trustee of Disability Initiative

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.


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