New chairman for Papworth Trust

Hugh Duberly with Trish Tatt, a client who advised him during his time as chairman.

Hugh Duberly, CBE and Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, will this month retire as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for leading disability charity Papworth Trust. The charity celebrated his 20 years of service at the Annual General Meeting today (Thursday 27 September), when his successor was announced as Rob Hammond.

Hugh became a Trustee in 1992 and was promoted to Chair in 1997. Since then he has overseen the rapid growth of Papworth Trust, which has doubled in size in the last 5 years alone. Its services have expanded into new geographical regions and new areas including supporting people with mental ill health, in addition to people with physical and learning disabilities. The charity now supports over 20,000 people a year across the East of England and has ambitious expansion plans for the future.

Speaking of Hugh’s retirement from Papworth Trust, CEO Adrian Bagg said: “Hugh Duberly led the Board of Trustees and the organisation through example, by demonstrating our core values of being respectful, challenging, pioneering and informed. Papworth Trust now helps more people than ever before, and we will always be grateful to Hugh for driving and championing our development.”

Hugh lives in Great Staughton, Huntingdon, where his family have lived for over 200 years. He started his career in the City, and then served as National President of the Country Landowners Association. In 1996 was awarded a CBE for his service to agriculture and rural communities. He became a Crown Estate Commissioner in 2002 and served as High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire from 1991-1992. He was also an Independent Councillor on Huntingdonshire District Council for the Staughton ward from 1979-2004. In 2003, Hugh was appointed Lord-Lieutenant and took on the responsibilities of being President of Cambridgeshire St John’s Council and Patron of the Cambridgeshire British Red Cross and the Cadet Force in Cambridgeshire. In addition to his role at Papworth Trust, he has links with many other charities, schools, churches and volunteer organisations in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire.

Hugh’s successor Rob Hammond has been a Trustee since 2010 and has been Vice Chairman since last year. Rob started his career in international economic development before moving into the social housing field. From 1990 to 2009 Rob was Chief Executive of Cambridge City Council, and took a particular interest in providing a wide range of community services for disadvantaged groups. He now works as a part-time consultant in the management and improvement of local councils.

Papworth Trust is passionate about supporting disabled people by providing a wide range of valued services. Each year the Trust helps over 20,000 people from the East of England and beyond by delivering services covering Care, Homes, Work, Rehabilitation and Leisure. For more information visit

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