Sally Byng

Chief Executive

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What am I responsible for?

I am responsible for ensuring that we deliver the overall vision and strategy that the Trustees have agreed for Barnwood and achieve the goals and objectives they have set.


What brings me here?

In different ways, I have been a passionate advocate for social change related to disability all my working life – fairness, equity, opportunity and creating space for unlistened to voices to be heard have been my driving values. And I have learned that change is best made at grass roots – that’s where the opportunity to make a difference really lies.


What am I working on?

One key priority for me currently is to lead on developing Barnwood’s approach to diversity, equity and inclusion to ensure that it is embedded in everything we do, both externally and internally. We’re working to a long-term plan, based on asking, listening and understanding first, action second: we know that the process is as important as the outcome for this work and is reflected in our organisational learning and development plan. In 2022 this includes recruiting new Trustees, as well as ensuring that the values that underpin the Trust’s work are relevant for our work now, and reflected in all we do.

I am also leading the development of our first approach to commissioned funding, which we will be launching in 2022.


What do I enjoy spending time doing for my own wellbeing?

Through the pandemic apps on my phone (to my astonishment!) have supported my wellbeing: WhatsApp to keep in frequent touch with family and friends, sharing things that are mutually important and entertain, and following interests and causes meaningful to me on Instagram and through podcasts. Combined, they have kept me connected. (She/her)