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Senior Management
Senior Management

Senior Management

  • Robert Longley-Cook

    Chief Executive

    Robert joined Hft as Chief Executive in December 2010. Since then he has been working with the charity's senior team to re-position Hft to address the growing challenges faced by the learning disability social care sector: to continue to deliver outstanding outcomes for everyone Hft supports – whatever their level of disability; to ensure sustainable financial strength for the organisation; and to grow public benefit through activities such as supported employment and social enterprise. This work has also included implementing Hft's merger with Self Unlimited in 2013.

    Prior to joining Hft, Robert worked for four years with WRVS – now RVS – as Executive Director of Fundraising, Marketing, Communications and Volunteering.

    Before moving to the charity sector, Robert had over 25 years of business experience with BP, both in the UK and overseas, working in sales, marketing and commercial strategy and corporate social responsibility.

    Robert is married and lives in Wiltshire with his wife and three children.

  • Hilary Crowhurst

    Executive Director of Operations & Development

    Hilary Joined Hft in May 2009 as Director of Operations and Development and leads Hft’s operational team.

    Hilary has more than 25 years’ experience managing and developing services for people with a learning disability, and has spent 13 years at Director level across the voluntary, private and statutory sectors.

    Before joining Hft Hilary spent three years as Operations Director for learning disability service provider Consensus and prior to that was a Regional Director for Sense, a charity helping deafblind people in the UK.

    Hilary has also been a trustee for the Association for Real Change (ARC), a membership organisation offering support, training, and information to service providers assisting people with a learning disability in the UK.

    Hilary is committed to developing and delivering personalised support services which meet people’s individual needs.

  • Emma Sambrook

    Director of Fundraising

    Emma joined Hft in January 2015 and brings a wide variety of experience to the organisation. 

    Before joining Hft, Emma was the Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of the West of England where she launched and built the fundraising function.  Previous to this Emma was the Director of Fundraising and Development at the Calvert Trust (a federation of three charities that provides outdoor activity breaks for people with disabilities).  Emma’s extensive experience of driving successful fundraising campaigns is coupled with senior leadership roles as Chief Executive of KidsOut, a charity working with disadvantaged children and young people, and as Director of Operations of Whizz-Kidz, a national charity that aims to improve the quality of life of disabled children and young people through the provision of customised mobility equipment.

    Emma is a trustee of the charity, Doorway, which provides an open access centre for those that are homeless in the North Wiltshire area.  She has also co-authored a book on fundraising law and gives training on the subject for the Directory of Social Change. She is committed to leading her team to deliver voluntary income growth to Hft and the people we support.

  • Jacqui Roynon

    Director of People & Communications

    Jacqui joined Hft in 2003 as Head of Human Resources.

    Jacqui started her career in HR within the commercial sector, working for Tesco, Mercury Communications and Galileo International. In 1997 she moved to the not-for-profit sector, taking up the post of HR Manager for Scope.

    Her role at Hft encompasses HR, communications and marketing, organisational development, training, and health and safety, ensuring that the right people are in place to provide an effective service and helping to create a safe environment for both staff and the people Hft supports.

    In her time at Hft she has introduced a new approach to career development as well as steering the organisation through three successful Investors in People accreditations to our current Gold status.

  • Chris Hughes

    Director of Estates & Facilities

    Chris joined Hft as Director of Estates & Facilities in July 2012. 

    A chartered surveyor with over 23 years' experience in property management and development, he brings a wealth of experience to Hft.

    Chris is keen to encourage corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability. He has previously led successful programmes to reduce energy and carbon footprints in large building portfolios.

    Chris is committed to delivering the best service possible. In particular, he is a strong advocate of delivering property solutions that will maximise opportunities for the people we support to lead full and independent lives.

  • Louisa McCann

    Finance Director and Company Secretary

    Louisa became Hft's Finance Director and Company Secretary on October 1 2016.

    Louisa trained and qualified as a chartered accountant before moving into industry where she held finance and operational roles with the Yardley Lentheric Group Plc, Alpha Airports Group Plc and latterly The Body Shop Plc before running her own business.

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