Sir Crispin Davis, Chairman
Sir Crispin H. Davis served as the Chief Executive Officer of Reed Elsevier, PLC (a ftse 50 company and leading provider of scientific, legal and business publishing) from 1999 to 2009. From 1994 to 1999 he was the Chief Executive Officer of Aegis Group, PLC (media and digital marketing communications company).
He is a director of Vodafone Group, PLC and served on the Board of Glaxo Smith Kline, PLC from 2003 to 2013. He is also a Board member and Senior Advisor for CVC Private Equity and has been a Trustee for Oxford University and the National Trust. Sir Crispin was appointed Chairman of Whizz-Kidz in July 2019.
Adrian worked in investment banking and fund management for over 20 years. He currently manages his own portfolio of investments. He was a founding partner of Lydian Asset Management, a global hedge fund specialising in convertible bonds and credit from September 1999 to March 2011. Until July 1999, Adrian was a Managing Director at Bankers Trust, an American investment bank where he started his career in 1990.
He held a number of trading and risk management roles in both London and Hong Kong. Adrian was awarded a BSc (Hons.) in Banking and International Finance from the City University Business School, London, in 1989. He is married with three children.
Alastair is a Partner at Stamford Partners, a leading specialised investment banking firm that focuses on European food and beverage industries. The firm provides independent financial advisory services on mergers, acquisitions, disposals and capital raisings, as well as strategic advisory in on corporate development. Prior to this Alastair worked for Paribas and then Deutsche Bank where he was a long-standing Managing Director in the European Consumer & Retail team.
Alastair has a law degree (LLB) from Aberdeen University, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is a fluent French speaker. He is married with two young children.
Andrew read law at Cambridge University and has specialised in employment law since qualifying as a solicitor and joining Taylor Wessing in 1985. He was made a partner in 1991 and, in 1996, he set up the Employment and Pensions Department.
Andrew’s employment law practice now covers many areas of UK and international business. Andrew acts primarily for companies and institutions but he also handles a wide range of work for individuals – particularly senior employees and partners – a field in which he has established a noteworthy reputation over the past 25 years. Andrew handles all types of employment law work and tackles a wide range of human resource issues.
Andrew has a long standing interest in disability issues, having been a trustee of DARE, the charity which helps employees with disabilities, from 2000 to 2008.
Andrew has been helping Whizz-Kidz on a “pro-bono” basis for more than 15 years. He and Taylor Wessing have played an instrumental role in helping the businesses of the charity to succeed and expand. Andrew was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2009, sits on the Audit Committee and advises regularly on HR and corporate governance issues. Andrew also joined in our Land's End to John O'Groats cycling challenging in 2013, helping to raise over £250,000 for Whizz-Kidz.
Charlie is a full time NHS Consultant in Paediatric Neurodisability at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital. He has been a Consultant since 1998 and works in a number of highly committed specialist multidisciplinary teams involved in the management of children with motor difficulties, high or fluctuating muscle tone.
Charlie is published widely in the areas of childhood movement disorders, particularly cerebral palsy and the management of the frequent co-morbidities encountered such as pain and poor saliva control. He has recently co-authored the Hemiplegia Handbook for parents and professionals, an outline on the diagnosis, assessment and management of this common condition.
He has been the UK representative on a number of international working parties looking at medical intervention in childhood movement disorders. He sits on the executive boards of the British Academy of Childhood Disability and the British Paediatric Neurology Association. He has also been the chair of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s Specialist Advisory Committee on Neurodisability since March 2012.
Charlie’s medical goals include trying to improve the services of children with all movement disorders, but especially easing the care of those with a severe impairment, focusing on function and quality of life.
He is happily married and has two children.
Pam Garside has her own management consultancy, Newhealth, which advises health sector organisations in the UK and US. She has particular interests in strategy and innovation. She is a Fellow of the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and Co-Chair of The Cambridge Health Network. Pam is also Senior Associate of the Nuffield Trust, Adjunct Professor at Imperial College Business School and sits on a variety of boards.
Pam holds a BSc from the University of Durham and a Masters Degree in Hospital and Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota.
Rahul works independently building businesses. He was previously the Partner responsible for Investor Relations and Business Development at The Children's Investment Fund. Prior to this he worked in investor relations at Union Banque Privee and TT International. Before entering into finance he was an academic. He has studied in the UK, USA, Russia and Japan.
He was part of the team that cycled Lands End to John O'Groats in 2013 and the 5 Capitals in 2016 raising more than £500,000 for Whizz-Kidz. He is a Patron of The Mulberry Bush, a member of the Development Board for British Exploring Society, and a Board Member of Scientific Adventures for Girls in California.
Richard Verden is Head of Individual Giving at the British Red Cross.
Richard has 22 years hands-on UK fundraising management experience at several UK charities including Help the Aged, Cancer Research UK, Action for Blind People and The Royal National Institute for Deaf People. With direct experience of most areas of fundraising and specialising in direct marketing Richard leads a team of over 100 people and is tasked with raising in excess of £100m a year.
Key areas of responsibility include regular giving, direct donor appeals, telephone fundraising, DRTV, digital fundraising, legacy marketing, emergency appeals, fundraising support services and fundraising business intelligence.
Richard has also been closely involved in the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cross Crescent Societies Resource Mobilisation Strategy and is the lead on the Individual Giving Community of Practice. In addition he has supported fundraising development at a number of National Societies including undertaking strategic reviews at the New Zealand, Australian and Hong Kong Red Crosses.