Who’s who

Who’s who

Ben Higgins, Chief Executive

Our board of Trustees are responsible for helping us to achieve our aims, and ensuring this is being done ethically, efficiently and within resources.

The Bild Trustees are:

Fiona Ritchie, Chair of Trustees

Fiona has worked all her working life for people with learning disabilities and or Autistic people.

A psychodynamic music therapist, she first worked with people with hefty reputations. She became the general manager of community services and went on to work for the South Midlands Strategic Health Authority where she finished her masters in public health. From there she went into regulation working with the Healthcare Commission as their lead for learning disabilities. Associate Director in transformation came next in a mental health trust and then from there went on to be managing director for a large not for profit organisation for their Mental Health and Learning Disability services in England.

Currently she has set up her own consultancy business and is working for NHSEI on complex/forensic discharges, chaired a high-profile death review and works with not for profit organisations in a variety of programmes. She is passionate about ensuring people with learning disabilities have their own voice and people act on it.

Andrea Wiggins

Andrea has spent her career working in for profit organisations supporting people with learning disabilities.

Andrea started her career as a support worker and has worked in various roles since including campaigning and advocacy. Going on to work predominately with people with complex needs often around service development and transformation until taking up the post of CEO at Nexus.

Nexus is a not for profit organisation delivering services to people with learning disabilities in South East London. Nexus has been rated as Outstanding by CQC since 2017 and has also been recognised for its work around recruitment and retention of staff.

Ashok Roy, OBE

Dr Ashok Roy is a consultant in the Psychiatry of Learning Disability in Solihull Services and Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust.

He is the Lead for the LD Assessment and Treatment Service and Service Development and Research for the Trust and represents the Royal College LD Executive at the Department of Health for the development of Care Pathways and Payment by Results (PbR).

Dr Roy is also a Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Psychiatry Department at Birmingham University.

His interests include clinical outcome measures, service development, access to primary care services, and ethical issues in Learning Disability.

Claire Poke

(Subject to approval at AGM)

Fred Mumford

Fred is a Chartered Accountant by profession and holds the role of BILD Treasurer. He has more than 30 years experience as an accountant, both in the UK and abroad.

He also has experience of working on the boards of other charities in the Midlands, including Our Way Self Advocacy in Kidderminster, which is part of Build for the Future.

Jean O’Hara

(Subject to approval at AGM)

Kevin Elliott

(Subject to approval at AGM)

Sally Lapsley

Since Sally became a trustee, many things have happened in her life. She has moved to a new home and is now an active member of Build for the Future. Also in the last three years, she has been a voice for Advance UK on the operation board.

Sally is very passionate about people and enjoys breaking down barriers. She likes to be the voice for her peers who are unable to express themselves, or find it extremely difficult.

Simon Mountford

Teresa Sargent



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