We are very sad to hear of the passing of Bill Riddall

It was with profound sadness that we learned of the death of Bill Riddall on Friday 26 March 2021.

Bill was an early recruit to the Board of the Centre for Independent Living and served the organisation for over 19 years as Trustee and Honorary Treasurer.

Following a distinguished career in banking with the Lloyds Bank, cut short by a road traffic accident in which he sustained a high level spinal injury, Bill returned to Northern Ireland in the late 1990s.

Following his accident Bill became deeply involved in the Disability Rights movement and was a prominent member of the Spinal Injuries Association.

He made his home in Downpatrick and began to immerse himself in local disability issues. He had a keen interest in the arts and became a supporter of both the Lyric Theatre and the Arts and Disability in Northern Ireland.

Bill’s encyclopaedic knowledge of finance and investments, combined with an unfailing commitment to disability activism and the promotion of Independent Living has underpinned the work of CILNI for many years.

Bill has helped guide our organisation on a journey from a small Belfast based CIL to it’s present unique role as a highly respected User Led CIL serving disabled people throughout Northern Ireland.

He was instrumental in overseeing the head office move to Beechill Road and the expansion of our Payroll Service for users of Direct Payments. He ensured that CILNI’s finances were sufficiently robust to meet the many challenges encountered in recent years.

Bill was a popular member of CILNI and he never hesitated from becoming closely involved in the day to day running of the organisation. He is greatly missed by his colleagues on the Board of Trustees and the staff of the Centre for Independent Living NI.