Who we are: Team

Who we are: Team

Our Directors and Trustees include:

Philippa Crowther CEO

Philippa has spent over 30 in Healthcare and related Business. Previous roles include, Operations Director for Nuffield Health (Charity Sector) responsible for 40 private hospitals. Operations Director for a Commercial Ophthalmic businesses UK and Ireland. Philippa Joined Wilberforce Trust in 2013 as Chief Executive.

Shaun Taylor Finance Director

Shaun is a fully qualified accountant with over 30 years’ experience. His previous roles include Finance Director of a Private National Healthcare company, Housing Associations and private sector Leisure Industry. Shaun joined Wilberforce Trust in 2015 as Finance Director.

Who we are: Team

Colin Aspinall (Chairman)

Colin has spent over 20 years in Finance, Operations and IT Management having first trained as an accountant. His previous employment includes Mothercare and Asda, followed by IT Director and Commercial Finances with Ultralase and Northern Gas Networks.

Helen Duffy

Helen has spent over 35 years in Human Resources Management. Helen is a CIPD & Occupational HR along with being a trained counselor. Previous employment with Social Service in Dundee, Herriot Watt University Edinburgh, South Cleveland Hospital Middlesbrough, Consultant with the Civil Service and Head of HR at Priory Medical Group.

Eamonn Dunne

Eamon has spent 20 years in third and public sectors. Business Studies trained. Involved over many years with implementing strategic programs within County Councils and partners particularly within the sight loss sectors. His Previous employment includes Liverpool Partnership Group, Regeneration Programme Liverpool city center, Henshaws Society for the blind and currently a regional manager with Thomas Pocklington Trust.

Sue Hawksworth

Sue has experience of over 25 years in FMCG Commercial Management and is Economics trained. Sue has held numerous roles in Marketing. Her Previous employment was with Rowntree’s in Brand Management, Customer Marketing Management, Head of Health, and Wellness. Followed by working for Nestles as Head of Nutrition and is currently Marketing Director with Eldercare LLP.

Keith Larcum

Keith spent 30 years in Telecommunication. Having trained in Telecommunications working with BT and BT open-reach and Carillion Tenant. He worked in Senior Management to deliver specific programs of work, BT superfast broadband delivery for the north of England and Scotland Managing up to 150 people. Keith has a relative that is both a tenant with Wilberforce Trust and receives her care package from the Wilberforce Trust care team.

Steve Cluderay

Steve spent 25 years in North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. I had Management responsibilities in Training, Recruitment, Fire Training and Health, and Safety. He trained in Education and Fire Service. Working previously as a teacher in Physics and Chemistry.

Simon Cowell

Simon has nearly 30 years’ experience within the legal sector and is the Managing Director of Harland & Company, Solicitors in York as well as being head of its Commercial Property Department. Prior to joining Harland and Company Simon worked for legal 500 Firms in the North East of England and was an in house property solicitor for a substantial Plc.

Abbie Robinson

As a World Champion Para-climber and a student of digital media at Leeds University Abbie has hands on experience of not letting a visual impairment stifle her ambitions. Abbie also brings first hand experiences of dealing with people’s stereotyped views of what blindness means.


Who we are: Team

Nearly two-thirds of people living with sight loss are women.

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The Wilberforce Trust is dedicated to helping those with visual impairment, sight loss, hearing loss and other disabilites across York, North Yorkshire and the surrounding areas.