Meet The Team

RABI is made up of service delivery, volunteering, finance, fundraising, HR, operations and communications. Meet members of our teams below.

Management Team

Alicia Chivers

Chief Executive

Since joining RABI in October 2018, Alicia has been leading the charity through an exciting period of transition to ensure that RABI is best placed to provide enduring, relevant and accessible support. Having initially trained and worked in commercial legal services, Alicia subsequently retrained and worked in practice as a charity specialist Chartered Accountant before moving into her first direct charity management role. Bringing over 15 years of experience of senior leadership across the voluntary sector, Alicia has also served as a Trustee and Treasurer on the boards of several national charities.

David Locke

Director of Finance and Operations

"It’s our privilege at RABI to be trusted by our many beneficiaries and loyal supporters around the country. With this privilege, it is imperative that we deliver the highest standards of stewardship with the gifts that are given to us, whilst delivering the best possible care to the farming community. As Director of Finance my responsibility is to oversee our finances and to support the Chief Executive as we implement our forward-looking strategy. It’s my honour to serve the farming community as we face up to the challenges together, both now and in the future."

Caron Whaley

Director of Services

"It’s a fantastic time to join RABI and build on the incredible foundation of support services offered. As Director of Services, I am proud to be part of a professional team, passionate about making a difference in the lives of farming people. Having initially qualified and worked as a Civil Engineer and Project Manager on large scale, international, infrastructure projects I subsequently retrained in Industrial Psychology before moving into the Third Sector specialising in service delivery. As a consequence, I have a clear understanding of delivering holistic, support solutions to culturally diverse clients across geographical boundaries."

Suzy Deeley

Head of Partnerships

Suzy leads our work with partners across the agricultural sector and beyond. Partnerships are fundamental to the way RABI is evolving to provide extended services to reach even more people in the farming community. The charity seeks to build strong relationships with many associated organisations and other services providers to effectively deliver support to farming people. Partnerships with organisations across the sector are invaluable to RABI in helping to raise awareness of the charity’s work, raise funds and to reach out to those who require support.

For more info on partnerships with RABI, get in touch

Paul Pirie

Head of Fundraising

"I’m excited to take up this position with RABI – particularly at such a pivotal point of transition for the farming community. A range of additional pressures facing farming communities, including post-Brexit labour shortages, fuel and fertiliser costs, policy transition and Avian Influenza are adding to the breadth of inherent farming pressure points. With thirty years of of director-level experience in national fundraising, PR and business development with focus on providing strategic support to communities, I look forward to using my skills to raise the funds required to fulfil the growing range of needs of farming people."

Find out more about how we raise funds.

Mark Crosby

Head of Volunteering

"As Head of Volunteering, my role is to identify ways for more people to get actively involved and make a difference for the farming community – whether that’s through a local group, leading an event or providing direct support. It’s about creating the environment to get the best from people, working closely with local communities to make volunteering welcoming, meaningful and enjoyable. I bring a range of experience having worked with volunteers and in strategic volunteering development for over 25 years both in the UK and abroad. I am really looking forward to applying this experience at RABI and working with the farming community and our local committees."

Helen Sisk

Services Manager

Regional Managers and Support Managers