Meet the team
Barnet Mencap Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors are our charity trustees and with the exception of our Chief Executive, they are all volunteers.
I have served as Chief Executive of two charities over the years, at senior management level as well as serving as a Trustee & Chair of Trustees twice. Currently Chief Executive of "Impactful Governance - Community Interest Company" as well as Director of "Festoon UK" where I deliver speaking engagements to groups and work with individuals and Boards, to facilitate them towards goals. As Governor of Oxlea’s NHS Foundation Trust, I represented Learning Disability. Having worked within two councils, I have an insight into how we can influence the change that the statutory and voluntary sectors need.
I am a qualified accountant, and I took early retirement from Barnet Homes in December 2010, where I was its Chief Financial Officer. Previously I worked with Barnet Council for almost 30 years, becoming Head of Finance for both housing and social services. My education was undertaken at Christ’s College, Finchley where I am now a Governor, and I have an Economics degree from Essex University. I have two sons, and the eldest, Timothy has Downs Syndrome. This led me to experiencing Barnet Mencap’s services from the user-perspective through Open Door, which was so supportive in his early years. I live in Barnet and have been treasurer of the Old Finchleians FC for the last twenty years. Football is a passion of mine, and I regularly watch Barnet FC. One of my other passions is exploring Europe by train, and recently reached both Krakow and Prague.
I have lived in Finchley since 1981 and I’m married with three adult daughters. After 34 years working in social housing in Camden and Barnet, I retired in 2011 and took up a range of activities locally and in central London, which included working as a volunteer for Barnet Mencap. I became a trustee in 2012 and bring experience of people and organisational management, multi-agency working, service user consultation and, of course, social housing. I have provided support on various fundraising bids and activities such as the “Walk for Wendy”. In future I will be leading for the Board on User Consultation and provide ad hoc support as needed.
I have lived in Barnet for 26 years and I’m presently a Client Director for Tesco Media. Working with Tesco suppliers I create joint business plans to help clients develop and market their products enabling Tesco to meet its commercial objectives whilst still providing the best shopping experience for the customer. My role involves budgeting, forecasting ROI, organising production, liaising with creative and buying agencies, approving creative, campaign evaluation and customer segmentation work. Before joining Tesco, I spent 20 years working for media owners such as EMAP, The Daily Express, OK, Private Eye, John Brown Publishing and VNU as well as media agencies such as Media Campaign Services. I am married with 2 children, 5 cats and Lola the Labrador.
I have lived in Barnet for 37 years and I’m married with 2 adult children. Following my retirement, I became a volunteer with Barnet Mencap in 2010 and a trustee in 2011. I am qualified as both a social worker and a librarian and bring to the Board experience of service provision in a variety of scenarios and at both group and individual level. I also have experience of managing people, budgets and projects. As well as sitting on the Board, I often help out in the Barnet Mencap offices.
I am an experienced policy professional with considerable experience of working within the charitable and regulatory sectors. I have held roles in a variety of national organisations including a health regulator, a membership body and the disability charity Scope. My work at Scope included policy and advocacy around the equality, human rights and access to justice agendas. I have always been motivated by a belief that all individuals should have the opportunity to participate fully and equally in society and have an independent voice. Outside work, I enjoy running and playing tennis.
I have an adult daughter with physical and learning difficulties who has lived in a small residential home in Barnet for the past 8 years and who uses the Day Services in Barnet. My daughter comes home every other weekend, so she I am well aware of the pressures on families who care for a family member with learning difficulties. I have 2 other grown up daughters and I’m married to Peter who I met when we were both volunteering at a Gateway Club in Enfield over 30 years ago. For the past 8 years I have worked at Barnet College supporting students with additional needs on specialist and mainstream courses. I have specialised lately by working on the Childcare courses where my experience of having a child with learning difficulties has definitely come in useful. Outside work and caring duties I enjoy reading, sewing and going to the cinema. I also enjoy walking locally but try to escape to the lovely Peak District whenever I can for more demanding walks.
Barnet Mencap Management Team
I have been the Chief Executive of Barnet Mencap since 2002. I work with the project managers, staff and volunteers to make sure we are providing good support and services. I also work with the trustees of Barnet Mencap to make sure the organisation is going in the right direction and continues to respond to the needs of children and adults with learning disabilities and their families. I work with statutory and voluntary.
I have been working for Barnet Mencap for many years and have taken over the manager role for Community Services Adults and Children since 2016. The Family Support project provides advice, information and support for parent carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with a learning disability and/or autism or ADHD as well as Triple P parenting programmes. The Community Opportunities project provides people aged 16 and over with the opportunity to take part in a wide range of community based day, evening and weekend leisure and learning activities.
I first came to Barnet Mencap in 2009 but left twice and come back twice! Since 2017, I manage the business side of Barnet Mencap like finance, HR, data protection and our communications. But before then I worked with children with disabilities and their families for many years, which follows on from my previous careers as a teacher and working for national parenting support charities.
I have been working for the Equality Housing team at Barnet Mencap since 1999. I started out as a Community Link Worker, progressing to the full-time manager of the project, supporting people with learning disabilities to live full and independent lives, either in a shared house or a home of their own. I also manage the Working for You project, which is part of the Bright Futures service, and the Autism Service.
I have been working in the social care sector for 25 years. I joined Barnet Mencap as the registered short breaks manager in 2012. Prior to my current role I had worked with Royal Mencap for 12 years in various roles starting as a part-time support worker progressing to registered manager. I have vast amount of experience in supported living, day services and residential projects. I also deliver safeguarding training within the organisation. I have a passion for travelling and have used this interest to develop Barnet Mencap ‘just holiday’ service as part of the short breaks project.
I’m the Team Manager for Expect the Best and we are a peer-to-peer Quality Checking project. We employ people with Learning Disabilities and a range of needs who use their own perspective and experience to assess how well health and social care services are doing and how they can improve. I joined Expect the Best in May 2017 and most enjoy meeting lots of new people and finding out more about their lives. It is a great feeling to know that our work helps to improve the quality of care or support people with Learning Disabilities receive.
Volunteers play an integral role in the running of Barnet Mencap. Donating a couple hours of your time can make a big difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families.