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Our People – Elmbridge Mencap

Our People

Trustees

Elmbridge Mencap has a board of Trustees who have overall legal responsibility for the charity. Trustees form the executive committee who meet once a month to conduct the business of the charity – this will include ensuring that the charity remains within the law in conducting its business, that money is spent wisely and for the benefit of the charity and making decisions in accordance with the charity’s aims and objectives.

  • I recently retired from a local FMCG company where I worked in a variety of R&D roles for 29 years. Having been a volunteer for several years, I became a Trustee in 2009 and took over as Chair of Elmbridge Mencap in 2018. I get a lot of pleasure from working with Elmbridge Mencap and hope to be involved for many years to come.
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    Paula Walsh
    Chair
  • I recently retired after working for an examinations board for 20 years where, amongst other things, I worked with trustees on policy development and ensuring that we met legal and regulatory requirements. Previously I ran a post office on the south coast whilst raising a family, having originally had a career in marketing for a multinational company. I hope I can use some of that experience now to support Elmbridge Mencap in any way I can.
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    Cynthia Pease
    Vice Chair
  • I am retired and have a brother with learning disabilities. I have been a Trustee since 1988. My family has been involved with Elmbridge Mencap since 1955.
    Jean Rigden
    Trustee
  • After a career spanning some 45 years with a multinational PLC retailing in 21 countries where I was a Group Main Board Director and CEO for the Caribbean and Americas I moved into the not-for-profit sector and was appointed Interim CEO of a charity that has been in existence for over 125 years. More recently I became a Trustee for the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers. I am now delighted to be involved with Elmbridge Mencap and aspire to add value to the wonderful work that they do.
    Nigel Blake
    Trustee
  • I am a chartered project professional with over 27 years’ experience delivering complex projects and transformation initiatives, both across the public and private sector. I’m looking forward to being a Trustee at Elmbridge Mencap; using my skills to help bring more awareness to this wonderful charity and help deliver value-adding projects to help meet the needs of the community.
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    Lara Taylorson
    Trustee
  • I am on the Mencap National Assembly. I work as a volunteer for the Salvation Army Charity shop in Walton. Every 3 weeks I go to the barbers and have a hair wash, a haircut and a wet shave. I have a mild learning disability.
    James Richardson
    Trustee
  • I have been a committee member for many years. My son Renny was born in 1974 with Downs Syndrome. I spent time as Governor of Walton Leigh school when Renny was of school age. Renny is now in a Surrey County Council residence in Burpham, Guildford and my wife Jacky and I are committee members of a charity (Burpham Association Supporting Independent Living – BASIL) supporting this establishment as well as Elmbridge Mencap.
    Barry Skinner
    Trustee
  • I am in the process of completing a finance degree at Norwich Business school and have worked 3 years for the NHS throughout the COVID pandemic. As an Elmbridge resident I am delighted to see what I can offer to my local community through Elmbridge Mencap.
    Harry Tomkins
    Treasurer
  • After 30 years in FMCG Sales roles for the likes of Coca Cola, Unilever and Britvic Soft Drinks, I now work for Cancer Research UK leading their search for new corporate partnerships. I am also a member of London Irish Rugby Club where I volunteer my time and raise funds to support the Mini and Youth Rugby teams. I’m delighted to be a trustee at Elmbridge Mencap, working for the benefit of people with learning disabilities and their parents/carers in the local area.
    Phil Sanders
    Trustee
  • Following a full military career in the Royal Navy I joined the healthcare sector 15 years ago and have worked across the NHS and private sector in strategic development, organisational turnaround and healthcare transformation. I look forward to sharing my skills and experience for the benefit of Elmbridge MENCAP.
    Peter Inkpen
    Trustee
  • I retired early in 2010 from an IT Directorship in a Global Oil/Gas Consultancy having worked in Defence Electronics earlier in my career. I additionally have recent experience of Governing local SEND schools and in Property and Facilities Management in the Education and Charity sectors.
    John Reeves
    Trustee

Our team

Several part time staff are employed to manage the hall facilities, run the day service and organise club activities

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    Veronica Beesley
    Office Manager
  • Amy Crellin
    Family Fun Leader
  • Mo Hills
    Nova Club Leader and Youth Club Deputy Leader
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    Heather Michot
    Nova Club Deputy Leader
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    Valerie Wisdom
    Day Service Manager
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    Lisa Adams
    Day Service Support Assistant and Youth Club Leader
  • Jo Dendy
    Day Service Support Assistant

Want to join our Team

We have a board of trustees that meet regularly, and members of staff to help keep Elmbridge Mencap running. Want to join our team?

Watch our videos below about volunteering