About Us

Dacorum Mencap

Mencap is the voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, their families and carers.

Our Vision, Mission and Values

Our vision

To ensure adults with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included.

Our mission

To enable our members to develop their full potential through:

  • Removing stigma and discrimination
  • Offering information, training and advice to our members, staff and volunteers
  • Listening to our members and their parents/carers
  • Offering our members a variety of activities giving them the opportunities to achieve
  • Encouraging independence

Our values

  • We work in a person-centred way
  • We believe everyone can reach their potential
  • We are approachable and value everyone
  • We are passionate in our mission
  • We try to be innovative and creative in our approach

Executive Committee

The committee meets every two months. Some committee members have special responsibilities, but all are responsible for the management of Dacorum Mencap.

Sue Bolton – Chair
Sue has worked for and with the voluntary sector for over 25 years in Dacorum.  In 1987 she joined Age UK Dacorum and then in 1995 was appointed by Hertfordshire County Council as the Dacorum development/strategy officer for the voluntary sector and community.

Catherine Marsden – Secretary
Catherine has an adult son with a severe learning disability, epilepsy, autism and challenging behaviour. Catherine has experience of out of county residential schools; sectioning under the Mental Health Act; the setting up of his home locally and dealing with the various agencies involved. She has been a member of the committee since 2008, and has previously been involved in local campaigns.

Jeanette Burden – Treasurer
Jeanette joined Dacorum Mencap in 2018 after retiring from full time employment.
She is a qualified accountant with over 40 years experience both in Practice and Industry. She is now a self employed accountant working from home.

Anne Shadbolt
Anne retired in 2010 having completed 15 years as the Post 16 teacher at Woodfield School for children with severe learning disability.  She studied Autism as a post graduate in order to further develop her understanding in this area..

Sally Hodgins
Sally joined Dacorum Mencap after working for Hertfordshire County Council for 25 years. During that time she has worked with Older People, and People with Learning and Physical Disabilities. Her last role was in Commissioning for Residential and Nursing Care.

Ian Campbell
Ian joined Dacorum Mencap as a Volunteer after retiring in 2016. He has over 40 years business experience mainly in the Computing sector. He has lived in Hemel Hempstead for all that time, is married with a son and 2 granddaughters.

Leslie Collins
Leslie has learning difficulties and has been an active campaigner for Mencap and has served the Executive Committee as the voice of our members for many years. Leslie does a great job chairing our “Focus Group” which feeds the Executive Committee the views of our members.


Carol Walls – Project Leader
Carol joined us in February 2018. She has one grown up daughter. She has over 30 years experience working with both adults and children with learning disabilities. She has worked in residential and school settings and brings lots of ideas and experience to Dacorum Mencap.

Tracy Catt – Administrator
Tracy has worked for Dacorum Mencap since January 2000 after having a career break to look after her twins. Previously she worked for The British Railways Board in London for twenty years in various posts but all admin/finance related. She does much of the admin/finance work but also gets the chance to meet some of our members at our weekly drop in.

Alice Green – Activity Leader
Alice is a mother of two young children and has worked in the care industry for 14 years. She has worked with both children and adults all with special needs in a variety of settings. She joined Dacorum Mencap in May 2017.

Jamie Barron – Activity Leader
Jamie joined Dacorum Mencap in 2009 as a Volunteer for the ROAR scheme. He then joined the Executive Committee until becoming an Activity Leader in September 2018. Jamie also works part time at a local community day centre supporting adults with learning disabilities.

Emma Allum – Activity Leader
Emma is a mother of three teenage children. Two of her children have special educational needs which led to a career change. Since 2010 she has worked in mainstream schools and as a Volunteer Coordinator. Most of all she loves to have fun in her work and ensure that those she is supporting have fun too!

Becky Woodley – Activity Leader
Becky joined Dacorum Mencap in 2015 as an Activity Leader having worked with adults with learning disabilities for the previous 11 years. She took a break and returned to us January 2019.

Tessa McLean – Activity Leader
Tessa joined us as a Volunteer in May 2018, she then became an Activity Leader in February 2019. She is a qualified Art Therapist so brings lots of art and craft ideas to our ROAR programme.