Jan’s career at Royal Mencap Society spans 22 years during which she established Golden Lane Housing, was the director responsible for Mencap’s personal support division for 11 years, and has been Chief Executive since 2013.

Explaining her decision, Jan said:

‘Finding the right time to hand over the baton is always difficult particularly so when it involves an organisation and team as inspiring as Royal Mencap. But we are approaching the end of the first five-year phase of the Big Plan which we published in early 2015. It therefore feels the right time to hand over to the person who will lead the development and implementation of its strategy for the coming five years. Leading Mencap has been a great privilege and I am proud of what we have achieved in recent years.’

Derek Lewis, Chair of Mencap’s trustees said:

‘Jan has been inspirational in her leadership and in her dedication to the interests of people with a learning disability over more than two decades. Golden Lane Housing, which she created, has enabled 3,500 people with learning disabilities to occupy accommodation of a high standard, often specially adapted, within the community – offering the same living standards and life opportunities that are available to others. During her 11 years leading personal support services she grew the number of people we support from 3187 to 5216 and ensured that Mencap was among the leaders in the quality of its services. And as Chief Executive she has been the driving force behind Mencap’s ambitious Big Plan to reduce discrimination and ensure people with learning disabilities have the same opportunity as others.

She will be greatly missed, and trustees are determined to find a worthy successor. I am very grateful to her for agreeing to remain in post until later this year to ensure that we have a smooth transition.’


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