Our Trustees are responsible for the overall strategic direction and effective management of Hft, and are elected or chosen for their expertise in relevant fields and connection to Hft’s goals.
Merger with Self Unlimited
In April 2013 Hft merged with Self Unlimited, with all Self Unlimited Trustees joining the Hft Council.
I am delighted to welcome our new trustees to the Hft Council. Our expanded board gives us an enormous wealth of experience and knowledge upon which to draw, encompassing as it does an extraordinarily broad range of expertise. The stronger, united Hft will provide even better support for even more people with learning disabilities and I look forward to working with all of our trustees to shape the future of the organisation and help contribute to the quality of the lives of those whom we are so privileged to support.
Professor David Croisdale-Appleby OBE, Chairman of Hft
David Croisdale-Appleby OBE, JP
David, who became Chairman of Hft in 2009, is a Professor at the Wolfson Research Institute, the School of Medicine and Health at Durham University and Durham Business School.
He is involved in national policy formulation in health and social care and is the Independent Chair of Skills for Care. He is a prominent international campaigner for social justice for vulnerable and disadvantaged people, particularly those with learning disabilities.
David is The Honorary Ambassador for the UK for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, the former South African President’s Legacy Project, and is also the Chair of Dementia UK.
David was awarded the OBE for his work for social justice, and holds Honorary Degrees from a number of Universities for his work in health and social policy.
Simon, who was elected as a Trustee in 1998, is a professional fundraiser who runs his own consultancy. He has been involved with Hft since 1973 as his late brother, Nigel, was supported by Hft Gloucester, where Simon is also a long-standing FSA member.
Simon has played an active part in Hft’s development and governance through his contribution at events, committees and project groups. Simon was a member of the project group that helped facilitate the merger between Hft and Self Unlimited.
Simon has been a regular donor for many years and has left a gift to Hft in his will because “Hft has been fantastic for my brother”. He is also a Trustee of The Extra Special Trust, a charitable foundation providing small personal grants to people with learning disabilities.
Nick, who became a Trustee of Self Unlimited in 2000 and then Hft in 2013 following the charities’ merger, is a former solicitor. He then moved to become Group Legal Director of one of the UK’s leading house building companies.
He is now retired and runs a small consultancy business and is non-executive chairman of a national firm of consulting engineers.
Nick was Chairman of Trustees at Self Unlimited from 2007 until the merger and his family were connected with Self Unlimited from the inception of the Leicestershire services in the early seventies. His late brother was supported by Self Unlimited in Leicestershire for many years.
Richard Barber OBE
Richard, who became a Trustee in 2003 and was Chairman of Hft from October 2007-2010, is an active fundraiser and tireless supporter of Hft.
In 2008, Richard completed an ‘End to End’ bike ride in aid of Hft which raised more than £50,000 for the charity, as well as raising £8,000 in the inaugural RideLondon 100 in 2013.
Richard is now retired, but had an illustrious career with British Steel (now Corus) of which he was Commercial Director. He speaks fluent French, Spanish and English and was awarded the OBE for services to International Trade in 2003.
Richard’s sister, Lucinda, has been supported by Hft’s Gloucestershire service since 1964.
Neil, who became a Trustee of Hft in 1999, is a retired City solicitor with a particular interest in theatre and the arts.
Neil was Vice Chairman of Hft, until April 2013, and his connection with Hft dates back a number of years through friends who have a daughter supported by Hft.
He enjoys travel, although a facility with languages escapes him!
Jan, who has been a Trustee of Hft since May 2013 following the merger with Self Unlimited, is a former headteacher and friend and advocate to a lady supported by Hft in Barnet.
In 1993, she was invited to become a Trustee of The Tamarisk Trust and in 2010, when the charity became part of Self Unlimited, Jan was pleased to accept a place on Self Unlimited’s board.
During her time as a friend and Trustee, Jan has been highly supportive of the move of people with a learning disability away from residential care and into supported living. She is also supportive of their active involvement and participation in their local community and of the rights of people with learning disabilities to take the maximum control of their own lives.
Sarah, who became a Trustee of Self Unlimited in 2011 and then Hft in 2013 following the charities’ merger, has been supported by Self Unlimited and now Hft for around 20 years.
Sarah previously lived at Stanley Grange, in Preston, and moved out to live in her local community in February 2010. She now lives in supported living accommodation, run by Hft, with a lady she lived with at Stanley Grange.
Sarah works in a café in Darwin on a voluntary basis one day a week, which she really enjoys. She also has a paid job at KFC in Blackburn and continues to help out at Stanley Grange one morning a week on reception. Sarah also enjoys shopping on a Saturday morning in Blackburn, when she travels alone on public transport.
Since becoming a Trustee she has involved in the discussions and confidential issues that arise at Hft meetings and helps to represent the views of the people supported by Hft.
Mike, who became a Trustee of Hft in 2010, is a retired GP with a special interest in Care of the Elderly who now lives in North Norfolk.
He is particularly interested in the quality of care provided to people we support and is anxious that the NHS should play a proactive role in all aspects of healthcare of people with learning disabilities.
Mike was Chair of the Derbyshire Dales Friends of Hft for a number of years and now enjoys gardening, dog walking, and his grandchildren. His interests also include long distance walking and opera and collecting Staithes Group Paintings.
Ian, who became a Trustee of Hft in October 2010, is now retired but spent his career with several industrial companies, both in the UK and abroad, principally in financial management.
His experience in general management, finance, risk management and pension schemes has been a valuable asset in his role as a Trustee. Ian has been delighted to be able to contribute to the development of Hft and its proactive approach to supporting people with learning disabilities.
Ian’s interest in Hft began through knowing other Trustees through industry links. He also has an overseas relative with a learning disability.
Madeleine, who was appointed a Trustee of Self Unlimited in 2010 and then Hft in 2013 following the charities’ merger, is a former secondary school teacher.
Madeleine has been actively involved in lobbying for services for disabled children and their families for a number of years and has also been involved in support groups for parents and young people for over 30 years. She is also a member of Dudley Learning Disability Partnership Board and has been a governor of her local secondary school. Until recently Madeleine was a Trustee of KIDS.
After living at Stanley Grange for five years, Madeleine's younger son Thomas, who has Down's Syndrome, moved to Ironbridge in 2008 to be nearer to his family.
Maureen, who became a trustee of Self Unlimited in 2003 and then Hft in 2013 following the charities’ merger, is a former Principal of a Leicestershire community college.
She also worked closely with the Association of School and College Leaders, encouraging women teachers to apply for headship and deputy headship. She was also a governor of De Montfort University for seven years.
Maureen had a sister with learning disabilities, who was supported by Mencap. Maureen has found being a Trustee for Hft interesting and rewarding and, in her work as a Trustee, her efforts are always directed towards all people supported by Hft achieving their full potential.
Nigel, who became a Trustee of Self Unlimited in 2007 and then Hft in 2013 following the charities’ merger, has worked for Belron International since 1999. He spent seven years as Managing Director of Autoglass and now oversees a number of Belron’s businesses in Europe.
Nigel is a keen fundraiser and sportsman and in 2012 raised over £35,000 for Self Unlimited by swimming the English Channel. He also chaired the communications, fundraising and marketing committee at Self Unlimited, as well as chairing the merger of Tamarisk Trust and Self Unlimited in 2009.
Nigel's brother, Nick, is supported by Hft in a house in Market Harborough having previously lived at the Shangton site for over 20 years.
Tony, who became a Trustee of Hft in 2004, holds the Health Foundation Chair in learning disabilities in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. In that capacity, he also leads the Cambridge Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Group.
Tony has worked for many years as a psychiatrist in specialist community services for adults with learning disabilities. He provides specific guidance to Hft on issues relating to mental health and challenging behaviour, as well as on the Mental Capacity Act and related issues.
He has served as an advisor to Government Departments and was one of two advisors to a Parliamentary Scrutiny Committee examining what was then the Mental Capacity Bill. He has written extensively on matters relating to learning disabilities.
Charles, who became a Trustee of Hft in September 2012, works as a solicitor advising on a wide range of property transactions including those affecting the charity and education sectors.
As a Trustee, Charles hopes that with his professional background he will be able to help Hft with the management and enhancement of its substantial property portfolio.
Charles’ connection with Hft began in 1993 when his younger brother moved into Cherington House, a large residential care home in the countryside. Cherington was one of the first homes to make the transition to supported living and this gave Charles first had experience of that process.
Maggi Litchfield became a Trustee of Self Unlimited in 2006, where she chaired the Operations Committee and a users' steering group. She joined Hft in September 2013 following the merger.
Maggi's career spans 42 years in education. She began her working life teaching in the West Midlands and then moved to Leicester where she developed a real interest in how children learn. She became head of a Literacy Support service serving the 100 schools in Leicester City. She finally became Senior Adviser / Inspector for Special Educational Needs for Leicestershire and an OFSTED inspector.
Steve, who became a Trustee of Self Unlimited in May 2011 and then Hft in 2013 following the charities’ merger, runs his own business working mainly with public, voluntary and community organisations in coaching consulting and interim executive business.
Prior to that, he led a number of housing and community-related services in a long career in the public sector.
As a Trustee, Steve wants to make a real contribution to a charity created to support people who are too often marginalised in society. He is committed to using his expertise, alongside those of his fellow Trustees, to work to create a positive and sustainable difference to the lives of the people we support.
Barbara, who became a Trustee of Hft in 2009, is the Co-Director of The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities. She has worked in the field of learning disability at The Kings Fund, London University in Local Government.
She trained at McMaster University in Canada, and at the London School of Economics. She has a BA in Anthropology and Social Work and an MSc in Health and Social Policy.
Barbara has a keen interest in the growing contribution that voluntary sector organisations are making to the lives of people with learning disabilities.
Mark, who became a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of Self Unlimited in 2010 and then Hft in 2013 following the charities’ merger, is a Chartered Accountant and Chairman and Non-Executive Director of a number of private and public companies. He spent most of his executive career as Managing Director of Sytner and with Price Waterhouse.
Mark is married with two almost grown up children and lives in Rutland. His interests include classic cars and being outdoors, in particular hiking, cycling and skiing.
Marie, who became a Trustee of Hft in 2010, has more than 30 years’ experience working in senior roles in local government, health and the voluntary sector.
She is a qualified and experienced interim senior executive with a strong commitment to ensuring people with learning disabilities and their carers are central to commissioning and service developments.
As a Trustee, Marie is keen to draw on experience developing creative services that support people with learning disabilities to live the life they choose at home, at work and in the community.
Martin, who became a Trustee of Self Unlimited in 2011 and then Hft in 2013 following the charities’merger, is a Chartered Surveyor. He has had a long career with a major FTSE property company with responsibility for its shopping centre development and management division.
Martin has also served on the board of a prominent Housing Association based in West London and as a trustee of a long-established Richmond charity with significant property assets.
Martin is particularly interested in the efficient management and use of property within the charity. His other interests include family, travel, theatre and classic cars.
Nick, who became a Trustee of Hft in 2012, is a former Senior Partner of Knight Frank, the global property consultants, and has over 35 years’ experience in the property field.
As Chairman of Knight Frank worldwide, he was responsible for the 8,000 people who work in the Group, with particular emphasis on the integration of new businesses. Nick is also a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and holds a number of other non-executive roles.
In his role as a Trustee, Nick is keen to use his property background, along with helping with the strategic aspects of Hft.
Rowena Tye OBE
Rowena, who was elected as a Trustee of Hft in 2012, has had long term involvement fundraising with WaterAid when working as a scientist at Severn-Trent Water Authority and Ofwat. Rowena received an OBE in 2007 for her contribution to Ofwat.
Since retiring, she has worked as a freelance advisor on water supply and regulation, including advising the governments in Egypt and Jordan on water supply issues.
Rowena has been a member of Hft since 2004, when her son moved to our Kent service. She has also been Chairman of our local support group in Coventry for the past six years.
John, who became a Trustee of Self Unlimited in 2002 and then Hft in 2013 following the charities’ merger, is a recently retired senior partner of a firm of solicitors in Leicester. He continues to work as a director of three property companies.
John became a Trustee to support a charity which he believes undertakes essential work to improve the lives of those it supports. He is keen to use his legal and property experience, as well as that gained as a Trustee and family member, in serving as an Hft Trustee.
John’s sister, Gillian, was supported by Self Unlimited at Shangton for 35 years and will continue to be supported by Hft when she moves to her new home in Market Harborough in 2014.
Ros, who became a Trustee of Hft in 2009, has worked in education for the last 16 years and gained a business degree three years ago.
Ros and her family have been active supporters of Hft for more than 25 years. Her son, Darran, was the first resident of St Matthew’s Avenue (one of the Kingston service houses). She has also been Secretary, Treasurer and now Chairman of the Kingston Friends of Hft group and has planned many events to raise funds for Hft including barn dances, jumble sales and quiz nights.
Ros believes that learning should be a lifelong experience and challenges the people supported by Hft to widen their aspirations at every opportunity.
Robert, who became a Trustee of Hft in 1996, is semi-retired following a business career in the automative industry in the UK and North America. He served as Chairman of Hft from 2004 until 2007 and sat on the Management Board for seven years.
Robert has had a 20 year association with Hft and his daughter is supported by the Bedfordshire Service.
He is also a Trustee of the national mental health charity Together Working for Wellbeing and a former Trustee of the Development Trust.