Leadership Team

Aisling Duffy

Chief Executive

Aisling has spent her career to date working within not for profit organisations, seeking to improve opportunities for people with learning disabilities and people with mental health needs. Aisling is delighted to work with external and internal partners to ensure these ambitions are realised for people we support and the communities with whom we work. Aisling is Vice Chair of the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) Board, a member of the NDTi Board and a member of the Guardian Public Leaders Board 2017. Read more about Aisling.

Nicholas Campbell-Watts

Strategic Director of Operations

Nicholas joined the organisation in December 2004, with a background in the not-for-profit and statutory sector, developing and providing services for people with complex health and social care support needs, and working with marginalised communities facing discrimination and disadvantage. Read more about Nicholas.

Mary Schumm

Director of Learning Disability Services

Mary has over 25 years’ experience of working in the voluntary sector supporting people with learning disabilities and mental health needs. Mary has worked in the role of Director of Learning Disability Services for the past 15 years. She has extensive experience in the management, appraisal and development of staff, experience in service development and reconfiguration, and change management. Mary has accountability for the strategic lead in developing and providing care and support services which are responsive to people’s needs. Read more about Mary.

Liz Durrant

Director of Mental Health Services

Having joined as Director of Mental Health in 2017 Liz is really interested in growing our alliance and partnership work, developing our recovery ethos and supporting our services to be outstanding. Liz started her career in health and social care as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities which inspired her to apply for the NHS Graduate Management Training scheme. Since graduating from the scheme Liz has worked across the NHS and Local Authority, including leading integrated adult mental health services, forensic and learning disability services and leading large scale service improvement and redesign across the South Coast. Liz has a passion for co-production, reducing restrictive practice and improving staff development and wellbeing. Read more about Liz.

Marianne Selby-Boothroyd

Director of Development

Marianne has been supporting people with learning disabilities and mental health needs since 1993 working her way from being a support worker to becoming a Leadership Team member in 2001. Marianne has worked within a number of roles and has particular experience in supporting people with complex needs, person centred approaches, organisational and staff development. Read more about Marianne.

Sanjay Shah

Director of Finance, Housing and IT

Sanjay joined the organisation in February 2007 as the Director of Finance. Prior to this he was the Deputy Director of Finance at the MS Society for seven years. Sanjay has extensive experience of the Health Service having worked in various senior positions in a number of NHS bodies across London. Sanjay is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants and has a MSC in Charity Finance from CASS business school. Read more about Sanjay.

Cheryl Newsome

Director of Human Resources

Cheryl has developed her career as an HR professional in the public and not for profit sectors, having started her career in local government and the NHS. Most recently Cheryl has led HR services in the Higher Education sector. Her specialisms are employee relations, organisational development and change. Read more about Cheryl.