Mencap has expert spokespeople available for media interviews including spokespeople with a learning disability. Led by Jan Tregelles, chief executive of Mencap, our spokespeople are knowledgeable on a range of issues.
Amy talks about her experiences with supported living services and how learning disability is portrayed in the media. Amy has a passion for social media and is an active blogger.
Ciara Lawrence specialises in children's issues, anti-bullying and parents with a learning disability and learning disability in the media. Ciara is also a representative of Inclusion Europe and Inclusion International. You can follow Ciara's blog post's about her work and campaigns she supports, see her profile and recent blog posts on our website. She is also part of theCampaigns Assistants discussion blogs.
Dan is head of policy and public affairs at Mencap. He talks about key policy areas that affect people with a learning disability and their families, such as social care, welfare reform and hate crime. He also talks about Mencap's work on Bills going through parliament, and work with government departments on key areas of public policy.
Ismail specialises in employment and health issues. Ismail has wide experience at speaking in public including various events at parliament. Ismail is also a qualified trainer and delivers learning disability awareness training.
Jan Tregelles has been chief executive of Mencap since 2013, and has spent her entire career supporting people with a learning disability. She has become one of the UK's leading voices on the issues affecting people with a learning disability and their families.
Jan joined the charity in 1983 where she acted as PA to one of the then directors. She then left to pursue a career in housing when in 1997 Mencap asked her to set up Golden Lane Housing, which exists to create greater housing opportunities for those with a learning disability. Since rejoining Mencap, Jan has held various posts including the director of personal support since 2002 and can talk with a wealth of experience about how Mencap supports people with a learning disability.
Jason is campaigns officer for the south of England, from Cornwall to Kent along the south coast, London and the home counties. He speaks with local knowledge on issues affecting people with a learning disability and their families/carers in these areas.
Jo is campaigns lead at Mencap. She talks about national and local campaigning and how Mencap supports people with a learning disability and their families to fight for their rights. She also talks about some of the biggest issues that people with a learning disability face day-to-day, particularly cuts to services and hate crime.
Kate joined Mencap in 2009 after spending many years working for a range of American investment management houses and banks as a financial controller and chieffFinancial officer. She can speak about the financial environment that charities such as Mencap work under, and the differences and similarities between the private and charity finance sector.
Lloyd can talk about health issues and learning disability awareness. He is very experienced at speaking at conferences and events. Lloyd is a qualified trainer and delivers learning disability awareness training. Lloyd also works as a learning disability adviser to St George's hospital, Tooting.
Richard specialises in hate crime issues and supports Mencap's chief executive, at conferences and events. Richard is a qualified trainer.
Rossanna is head of campaigns and activism at Mencap. She talks about the campaigning work that Mencap undertakes with and on behalf of people with a learning disability. She also talks about key issues that affect people with a learning disability and their families.
Stephen is the campaigns officer in the north of England and has worked for Mencap since 2009. Originally from south Wales, Stephen is passionate about the north and can talk about all of Mencap's campaigning issues specific to the north of England.
Stuart is campaigns officer for central England, and has been involved in disability rights campaigning for many years. He is passionate about the rights of people with a learning disability and their families/carers, and can speak about the issues affecting them in the region.
Wayne is Mencap Cymru's director. He is from Pontypridd and graduated from UNCW Bangor in 1991 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree. He has worked in the third sector for a higher education charity, an employment charity and been at Mencap Cymru since 1998. He is a former chair of Dolen Cymru Lesotho, a trustee of Tai Pawb and sits on a number of Wales-wide strategic groups representing the voices of both people with a learning disability and their parents and carers.
Please contact Mencap's media team if you would like to arrange an interview or need more information:
Telephone: 020 7696 5414