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Trustee Biography

Randal Smith
Chair of HR Committee

Randal is a retired Programme Manager with over 31 years of experience in the financial sector, more recently within the Technical (IT/Payroll) side of Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Human Resources. He now works part time as a Management Consultant helping small businesses in his local area of Congleton.

Randal wanted to give something back and to use his skills for the benefit of others in the community. He brings his experiences, insight, guidance, help and commitment to Disability Positive. Randal is a fully registered and certified Cheshire East Council Shared Lives Carer. He is also a Stress Management Counsellor and Meditation Leader for a local business and community sports centre.

Randal’s interests include collecting and watching movies– Sci-Fi Genre, hosting theme night dinner parties for friends, preparing Quiz nights – question master and question production, and supporting his grown-up daughters as they “grow up” and progress their careers etc.

Sue Tebb 
HR Committee member
Governance Committee member

Sue is a qualified Nurse and  also worked as an Operations Director in the Health and Social Care sector for 40 years. 

As part of that role, Sue cared for and promoted the interests of disabled and older people and sat on committees and steering groups to promote rights and welfare of older people.  . 

Sue has a strong interest in training and development and set up a training consortium with South Manchester College to deliver NVQ training for carers and Managers where she was also a Board member there. 

Sue has always volunteered for Charities including NSPCC and Manchester Children’s Hospital and also chaired the PTA at her sons’ school.

Sue has lived experience of disability and has been a Disability Positive service user with a Personal Budget, using the NWPA and the Learning Service over the last 10 years.

Sue lives in Cheshire and has 2 children, and 4 grandchildren she loves seeing. Her interests include gardening and design, reading, cooking and going to the gym as well as socialising with friends. 

Alan Scott
Chair of Finance and Audit Committee
HR Committee member

Alan is a former Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers who worked for the HSBC Group for more than 35 years, which included many senior management and leadership roles.  Whilst his speciality was corporate banking and corporate turnaround/restructuring; Alan managed many business relationships during his career ranging from sole traders to FTSE100 companies.

Since retiring, Alan wanted to give something back and was a guest lecturer at Sheffield Business School for over 5 years.  An experienced non-executive director, Alan has served on the boards of three other local charities.  

A proud Scotsman, Alan’s interests are rugby union, hill walking and music.

Dr. Sonja Jonas 
Company Secretary 
Chair of Governance Committee

Sonja’s background is in NHS business development, NHS, universities and the private sector. 

She originally worked in life sciences research, before moving into commercial development of innovative ideas and currently runs her own consultancy. Sonja is Non-Executive Director for many different companies including in the life science and healthcare sector as well as in the charitable and public sector. She has a track record of winning £M public funding and raising private capital.

 She has expertise in medical devices, diagnostics, Intellectual property strategy and therapeutics. She is an experienced board director and non-executive director with 6 years of experience gained in the not-for-profit sector and serves as trustee, chair of governance and company secretary. 

Sonja now offers mentoring to start-up organisations and those who want to translate their ideas into viable products and services. 

Sonja lives in Cheshire with her family (including  3 demanding boys!). Her leisure interests include music, regular exercise and runs for charity.  Having been born in Germany she is fluent in German.

Dr. Judy Ford
Strategy and Risk Committee Member

Judy graduated from the University of Oxford in 1979 with a degree in Mathematics. She worked in industry and academia before taking a career break, returning to work as a part-time Mathematics Lecturer in 1994. Judy gained a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Liverpool in 2001 and then held post-doctoral research posts at Liverpool and UMIST before joining the NHS as R&D Manager at Alder Hey Hospital in January 2004. 

In 2006 she joined the newly formed North-West Stroke Research Network as its manager. Since the reorganisation of the Research Networks in 2014, she has worked in both clinical research and as a mathematics lecturer at the University of Chester. 

Now retired, Judy has started a new career as a novelist with a number of published books to her name, most of them featuring disabled detective DCI Jonah Porter. 

Judy has lived experience of disability in her family. She is a Methodist Local Preacher and secretary of the Parochial Church Council in the small village in Cheshire where she lives with her husband. She has three grown-up children and six grandchildren.

Dr. Miro Griffiths MBE
Strategy and Risk Committee Member

Miro Griffiths is a Research Fellow in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, at the University of Leeds. His research explores disabled people’s views and experiences of disability activism and disability politics. He teaches Disability Theory, Research Methods, and Social Policy Analysis. 

Miro is a member of the Disability Advisory Committee at the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission; an adviser to the UK Government Department of Health and Social Care (specifically around the personalisation agenda and future models of support); an adviser on disability hate crime to the European Commission; and is a member of the Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board within the Liverpool Combined Authority Region – appointed by Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham. 

He is a former Deputy Chair of Equality 2025 – the strategic and confidential advisory network across UK Government departments – and was part of the UK delegation at the United Nations signing ceremony for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Miro has lived experience of disability and identifies as a disabled person. 

His hobbies include film and cinema; board and videogames; watching football; growing herbs; and visiting open, wheelchair accessible gardens.

Simon Holden
Finance and Audit Committee Member

Simon is an experienced NHS executive, having held a number of Chief Executive and Finance Director posts. Most recently he has worked as Finance Director for the Countess of Chester Hospital, and previously as Chief Executive of NHS Property Services, in London. Simon is both a qualified accountant and a chartered surveyor and has worked in the NHS for over 38 years.

Simon was born in Blackpool and started his career at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. He lives in Nantwich, Cheshire, with his wife Rebecca, and their two daughters. 

Whilst Simon remains an ever-loyal Blackpool Football Club supporter, he also tries to watch Nantwich Town (swimming galas, and other parental duties permitting).

Andrew Johnston
Governance Committee member

Andrew has recently retired from a long career in the health and social care arenas.  He completed a post-graduate qualification in Social Work and then was employed in various positions until he was promoted to Assistant Director in Dumfries and Galloway.  He left the local authority to work in the private sector and as Head of Operations of Milbury Care Services opened a number of community care units throughout the United Kingdom.

Andrew continued his career in the voluntary sector as Development Manager for the MS Society. In his role with the MS Society, he worked on a joint project with Disability Positive, and as a result, he was invited to join the board. 

He was also asked to become a non – executive director of his local Health Board and chaired the Health Board during its negotiations to secure a new district general hospital.  Andrew was also instrumental in setting up a health and care partnership. 

Outside the world of work, Andrew is a carer to his wife who lives with a long-term condition.  He enjoys running, swimming and gardening and has, since retirement, resumed his fiction writing career.

Richard Lewis 
Finance and Audit Committee member

Richard is one of Disability Positive’s original service users and has lived in Cheshire for over 40 years.  As a result, he is keen on helping the board keep the experience of service users in mind and giving advice where he can.   

Richard has always been very interested in campaigning for disability rights. He was part of the original Steering Group for the Learning Service when Disability Positive first decided to offer a learning service to individual employers and their personal assistants.

Richard has lived experience of disability, and his interests include politics, music and sport.

Chris Shiel
Chair of Strategy and Risk Committee
Finance and Audit Committee Member

Born in Liverpool, Chris left school at 15, working for a number of companies around the city, before starting part-time study to achieve professional engineering qualifications as a Chartered Electrical Engineer. After working in research at Pilkington Glass, and with the Science Research Council at Daresbury Nuclear Physics Laboratory, Chris joined Ferranti International as a computer programmer, finishing his career with Ferranti, as a Board member, with responsibilities for IT strategy, quality policy and its implementation throughout the company.  

Chris then spent six years as the Managing Director of the joint Anglo-French computer systems company, Ferranti Syseca.

In retirement, Chris is a volunteer IT tutor with Age UK, with interests that include furniture making, walking, photography, supporting Liverpool FC, and staying upright for as long as possible. 

Married to, and supported throughout by Gloria, they have two sons and three grandchildren.

Chris Warren
Strategy & Risk Committee Member

Chris is a Delivery Director at Binnies UK (part of RSK Group Ltd) based in Cheshire. Chris has over 17 years of experience in project, technical and commercial management. Chris holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in environment and sustainability-related disciplines. 

At the moment, Chris is managing several major infrastructure projects around the UK. 

Chris joined Disability Positive in June 2019 with the aim of bringing some of his expertise to the organisation, its stakeholders and the local community.

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