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01606 331 853

Trustee Biography


Randal Smith
Chairperson
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
Vice Chairperson
Company Secretary
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
Treasurer
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. Judy Ford
Trustee
Chair of Strategy & Risk Committee

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
Trustee
Strategy & 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.






Chris Warren
Trustee
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.





Andy Galbraith
Trustee 
Strategy & Risk Committee Member
Finance & Audit Committee Member


Andy is a qualified management accountant with over 30 years business experience. He has been a Finance Director for 20 years and has worked in the private, public and charity sector. He currently works as  a business consultant and  really enjoys seeing organisations grow and develop and thrives on transformation and change.

His personal interests include football (he is an avid Liverpool fan) and American Football (which he and his son watch into the early hours of the morning!)

Andy is also a Trustee for another North West charity and is enjoying both roles and the opportunity to give something back.




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Anne Toone
Trustee
Member of Governance Committee


Anne is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. She is a Senior Commercial Lead at Crown Commercial Service, a trading agency of Cabinet Office. With over 41 years public sector experience Anne has worked directly with charities and other public sector bodies to deliver savings through their common goods and services purchasing, her current role is leading a team managing NHS procurement.  Anne is Mental Health First Aid trained and takes an active role across her organisations’s Inclusion and Diversity networks. Anne has over 25 years experience of school governance as Chair of Governor of two primary schools. 

Anne has lived experience of disability through a family member.

Anne lives in Cheshire, she has two daughters, she enjoys walking, travelling, cooking, and is a member of a choir and parish councillor.





Paula Gilbart
Trustee
Member of Governance Committee


Paula is a retired solicitor with over 35 years of experience in clinical negligence litigation for the NHS, environmental litigation for the public sector, and personal injury insurance claims. Her work centred on complex child disability.  She has worked both in-house with the NHS, and in private practice, in the North West. 

Paula values working with and for others and has experience as both school governor and other trustee roles. Her experience with disability involved caring for her husband during his cancer care for five years until his death in 2018. She has always enjoyed working and playing closely with professionals, family, teammates, and friends

Paula’s leisure time is spent with her grandchildren and granddogs, here, in The Netherlands, in London, and France. She is a passionate reader, cook, and gardener, raising vegetables from seed, and loves the link between her garden and her kitchen.

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