Senior Leadership Team

Meet The Team


Lisa Farmer

Chief Executive

Lisa joined RBLI in October 2015 as Director of Strategic Development with over 20 years of experience in fundraising, marketing and business development. Lisa spent 8 years at Young Epilepsy as Fundraising Director before becoming Director of Development and has been involved in major commercial developments including Loughborough University’s £40m fundraising campaign and two capital fundraising campaigns. Lisa was appointed Chief Executive at RBLI in 2022.

Helen  Bidgway

Director Of People & Culture

A fellow of the chartered institute of personnel and development (FCIPD), Helen has over 30 years’ experience in Human Resources at a senior level, initially in the commercial sector joining Unilever’s graduate management development programme, before moving to the charity and education sectors for the latter part of her career, working at Young Epilepsy and John Whitgift Foundation. Helen joined RBLI in September 2022.


Director Of Governance, Compliance and Business Systems

An expert in assurance processes; specialising in corporate governance, risk management, and internal control. A qualified accountant with over 25 years experience across both the private and public sector. Providing consultancy and support to enable organisations to achieve efficiency through strong governance.

Louise Gibson

Director of Fundraising and Marketing

Louise joined RBLI in March 2023.  She has over 25 years’ experience in fundraising in charities and most recently worked at the RAF Benevolent Fund as Head of Individual Giving.  She has a Masters in Charity Marketing and Fundraising and is delighted to join the talented fundraising and marketing teams at RBLI.  She has also held volunteer positions and is currently a Trustee of the Langham Arts Trust.

Mike Dixon

Director of Finance and Performance

Mike joined RBLI in October 2022 as Director of Finance and Performance. Over the last thirty years he has held senior financial and leadership positions with blue chip organisations in both the commercial and not for profit sectors, including PWC, HSBC and Charities Aid Foundation. A Chartered Accountant, Mike has also performed a number of non-executive and Charity Trustee roles. He is currently a Trustee of Age UK.