Sir Crispin Davis
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.
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 before moving to Collier Bristow in 2020. Andrew’s employment law practice covers many areas of UK and international business and he acts primarily for companies and institutions but 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. He 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 and along with Taylor Wessing 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.
Passionate about driving health outcomes and making pharmaceutical innovations affordable and easily accessible to everyone. With more than 20 years of operational and consulting experience in managing global and regional projects, he is seasoned in European and US markets, disruptive technologies as well as commercial and customer experience strategies.
Fiona is currently VP Strategic Programs with online firm Simply Business, UK’s largest business insurance broker with over 950,000 customers and repeated Sunday Times Best Company winner. She has previously held Chief Marketing Officer and Product leadership positions with Euromoney Institutional Investor (part of Daily Mail group), lastminute.com and European Directories. She joined Whizz Kidz as a Trustee in 2020. Her experience has developed an expertise in digital transformation, growing revenues through digital marketing and customer-led products utilising agile methods to test and learn quickly and efficiently. Fiona holds an MA Marketing and BSc Hons Psychology. She is relentlessly passionate that businesses be a force for good - she believes sustainable success is through equal contribution towards societal impact, environment and commercial gain. Simply Business became both a Benefit Corp and started supporting Whizz Kidz in 2017. She also enjoys creative cooking and walking, including the Arctic Biathlon and completing the Mont Blanc Trail for Whizz Kidz fundraising.
Arunima battled neuroblastoma nerve cancer in her spine as a baby and has been a wheelchair user all her life. She has been a Whizz-Kidz ambassador since the age of fourteen when she received her first power chair, starting her Whizz-Kidz journey as Vice-Chair of the Kidz Board and then continuing as an active spokesperson, consultant and business ambassador for the charity, focussing on fundraising and corporate partnerships. Arunima read law at Cambridge University and has specialised in banking and finance law since qualifying as a solicitor from Allen & Overy. She then spent time as an Associate at Ashurst LLP, a VP at The Bank of New York Mellon and is now working as in-house legal counsel for a financial services company. Arunima is also a board member of the Wheelchair Alliance and after experiencing first-hand the dramatic impact and difference which the right wheelchair at the right time made on her life and future, she has been campaigning and championing for better, more forward-thinking and user-focussed wheelchair services. Arunima is also passionate about increasing and improving diversity and opportunities for disabled adults in employment and speaks regularly at conferences and events on the subject. In her spare time, Arunima enjoys travelling and has a keen interest in philosophy.
Steve Ingham CBE was, until December 2022, the CEO of PageGroup, the FTSE 200 international recruitment business.
Following a 4 year spell with Johnson Matthey, the precious metals business, he joined Page in 1987, when the business was predominantly a London based finance recruiter of c200 people known as Michael Page. He joined to help with the diversification of the business into new disciplines and new geographies. He was appointed to the plc Board following their successful IPO in 2001 and was appointed CEO in 2006. As CEO he expanded the company's operations from 18 countries to 37, quadrupled gross and operating profit (to over a £1billion and £200m). The business now employs over 9000 people and is market leader in many of the markets it operates, such as most of Europe, China, SE Asia and Latin America.
In March 2019 Steve had a near fatal skiing accident and is a now permanently in a wheelchair. He returned to work within 3 months of intensive rehabilitation. Whilst prior to his accident he was a big advocate and driving force for improving EDI in Page, his accident gave him new motivation to do more.
Following 3 out of 4 record years (2019-2022) and achieving the company Vision, he chose, after 17 years as CEO, to retire from Executive responsibilities. He now hopes to focus on improving attitudes towards disability in the workplace and to shine a light on hidden talent pools. He is on the Board of 2 other charities…The Back Up Trust and Wings for Life as well as the British Paralympic Association and the Business Disability Forum, as Chair Designate.
In June 2022 he was awarded a CBE on the Queens Birthday Awards, for achievements in business and for people with disabilities.