Ultimate responsibility for governance of Royal Mencap Society is entrusted to the trustee board made up of the chair of Royal Mencap Society and up to twelve trustees. They are appointed for a four-year term and can serve two terms in total.
The board of trustees holds a range of reserved matters and delegates certain authority to the executive team in order to run the organisation efficiently.
At Mencap, we have up to 13 trustees, at least half of whom have substantial experience of learning disabilities in a personal, voluntary or professional capacity. At least two trustees must be a person with a learning disability.
Trustees have a range of skills and experience in areas including finance, international business, local authority sector, education, IT small and medium business support, strategic planning, risk management, HR, campaigning, strategic communications, fundraising and marketing.
Lord Rix, Mencap's president
Mencap's president was Lord Rix. Brian Rix entered the field of learning disability in December 1951 when his first child, Shelley, was born with Down's syndrome.
He first used his fame as one of the nation's best-loved comedy actors to raise money for Mencap, and was awarded a CBE in 1977 for his fundraising efforts. He continued to fundraise and campaign on behalf of people with a learning disability and their families. From 1980 to 1988 he was secretary general of Mencap, becoming chairman in 1988 and then president 10 years later.
Brian Rix was awarded a knighthood in 1986 and became a life peer in 1992. He was a tireless force in the House of Lords, using this position to influence critical legislation, ensuring the interests of people with a learning disability are represented.
Lord Rix sadly died on 20 August 2016. You can read our full tribute to his life and work here.
Derek Lewis – chair
Appointed as Chair in 2014, Derek has had a long career in financial and general management, operating internationally as CEO and chair in the public and private sectors. He was chief executive of Granada Group, founded UK Gold Television and was the Director General of HM Prison Service. In the not-for-profit sector his roles have included Pro-Chancellor of the University of Essex, a trustee of the Royal Voluntary Service, chair of The Drinkaware Trust and chair of Community Alcohol Partnerships.
He is chair of the Nominations Committee and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, Finance, Planning and Remuneration Committee and Quality and Compliance Committee.
Geoff became a trustee in January 2013. He is now retired but was previously Chief Executive of Hammersmith and Fulham Council. He is Chair of West London and South London Health Partnerships.
He is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Quality and Compliance Committee.
A trustee since October 2009, Janet has been a volunteer for many years in her local Mencap group. She is Chair of Braintree Mencap and Essex Mencap, and a Golden Lane Housing Trustee. Before retiring we worked in education.
She is a member of the Nominations Committee and Quality and Compliance Committee.
Elaine has been a trustee since November 2015. She has substantial commercial experience in brand marketing and has worked in the charity sector since 2009. Elaine is currently CEO of Drinkaware and previously worked at a senior level for The Children’s Society.
Katie has been a trustee since October 2012 and a volunteer in her local group for over 20 years. She is also Chair of Oxford Mencap. She has two young children and works as Head of Marketing for a large mobile phone company.
Stephen Jack OBE
Stephen has been a trustee since June 2014. He is a chartered accountant who, in his executive career, held senior management positions in a number of international financial services organisations. From 2007 until its closure in 2015, he was the chairman of the Independent Living Fund, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions, which provided support to more than 40,000 disabled people across the UK, during its lifetime. He is a Director of Anchor Trust, a Housing Association which provides homes and care for elderly people, the Cambridge Building Society, and MUFG Securities EMEA plc. He was awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to disabled people.
He is chair of the Finance, Planning and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Andrew was made a trustee in January 2016. His career has been mainly in marketing and communications, and prior to his retirement he was the UK Director of Marketing and Communications at Barnado’s. He is currently a non-executive director of Moorfields Eye Hospital and has a wide portfolio of other roles across the health and charity sectors.
John Phillips MBE
John became a trustee in 2008 and has been a volunteer since 1986, setting up a social and leisure club in his area, and is Chair of John's Club. He has fostered children with challenging behaviour since 1993 in both short and long term placements. He was awarded an MBE in the New Years honours 2014 for services to disabled people.
He is a member of the Nominations Committee.
Linda was made a trustee in February 2014. She is a respected and experienced education and children's services professional with experience of working with vulnerable children and young people across a wide range of settings and ages. She is a specialist member of the SEN & Disability and Care Standards Tribunals. She has a particular interest in inclusive practices.
She is a member of the Quality and Compliance Committee and Finance, Planning and Remuneration Committee.
A trustee since October 2009, George has a son with a profound learning disability and has been Chair of a large local Mencap group in west London for nearly 30 years. He is also a founding non-executive member director of another large well established London based not for profit learning disability service provider. A qualified accountant, George was a senior manager in a large multi-national household products company, specialising in finance and information technology before his retirement.
He is a member of the Quality and Compliance Committee, and Finance, Planning and Remuneration Committee.
Graham was appointed a trustee in September 2012. He is a non-executive member of the MOD's Defence Board, and prior to joining Mencap as a trustee, he spent 31 years with Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), and 20 years there as a Partner. At PwC Graham held a number of senior leadership positions and in his last five years was a member of the firm's supervisory board overseeing the governance of the firm. Graham was Mencap’s interim chair of the board of trustees from August 2013 to August 2014.
Andrew was made a trustee in October 2015. He is one of our trustees with a learning disability. As well as his work with RMS, Andrew is a volunteer with the Leonard Cheshire Foundation and is a member of his local council Disability Advisory group and Access and Inclusion group.
David was appointed as a trustee in July 2016. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, He has worked in senior positions in the Social Care and Housing sectors for over 40 years, including over 10 years as Chief Executive of Dimensions, a major provider of services to people with learning disabilities and autism. In 2014he was appointed chair of Connect Housing Association, which operates in West Yorkshire.
He is chair of the Quality and Compliance Committee.