Mencap announces new chief executive
Monday 14 July 2008
Mark Goldring CBE has been appointed the new chief executive of Mencap, the UK's leading learning disability charity.
Mark succeeds Dame Jo Williams DBE, who announced her retirement from Mencap earlier this year.
Mark Goldring CBE has been chief executive of VSO for nine years. He previously held positions at VSO, Oxfam, DFID and the United Nations Development Programme. He has been chair of the Revolving Doors Agency and is a volunteer for disability charity Sense.
Mark Goldring said:
"I join Mencap at an exciting time, and I really look forward to working with and for the 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability, their families and carers. Fundamental changes in public policy - with personalisation, employment reform and the debate on the future of adult social care - all present Mencap with a great opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of people with a learning disability.
"I am keen to start working with the Mencap members, staff and trustees to build on Dame Jo's legacy and take Mencap forward to continue its work as the voice of learning disability."
Brian Baldock, chairman of Mencap, said:
"I am delighted to welcome Mark Goldring into our Mencap family. His outstanding career at VSO equips him to add value to the work we do.
"He takes over a talented and motivated team built by Jo, and I know is committed to build on the performance levels achieved over the recent years.
"Mark has been involved for many years in efforts to improve the lives of disadvantaged people, and as a result shares our values and aspirations. I and my fellow trustees look forward to working with him."
Mark will begin working for Mencap in November.
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Mark Goldring's biography
Mark, who started off as a VSO volunteer teacher in Sarawak in 1979, has been Chief Executive of VSO since 1999. Prior to this he held a number of posts, including that of VSO's Overseas Director, Oxfam's Country Representative in Bangladesh, where he has also worked for UNDP, and Social Development Adviser for DFID in the Pacific.
Mark read law at Oxford University and has a Masters degree in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from LSE.
His interests include cycling, and he is a trustee of AMREF UK, the African Medical Research Foundation. He was a Board member of the Accenture Development Partnerships, which seeks to make Accenture's management consultancy services available to organisations involved in international development. Mark served as Chair of the Board of Revolving Doors, an agency that works with people with mental health problems who are in contact with the criminal justice system, until September 2005. He has been a volunteer with Sense since 2006.
He is married to Rachel Carnegie and has two children. He was awarded a CBE for services to disadvantaged people in 2008.