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

Executive Committee

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.

Maureen Stanley – Treasurer
When Maureen retired after working for many years as a Company Accountant she was looking for something interesting to do.  She heard that Dacorum Mencap needed a Treasurer and decided that this would be a worthwhile use of her experience in Finance.

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.

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.

Jane Harvey
Jane trained as a learning disability nurse and worked in Day Services and with Mental Health patients before becoming a Lecturer in learning disability at City University where she worked for 12 years.  She has been a volunteer with Mencap since retiring with ill health in 2011.

Jamie Barron
Jamie joined Dacorum Mencap in 2009 as a volunteer for the ROAR scheme and due to healthcare life changes he volunteers on a regular basis with us and a local day centre. He is a very active volunteer in the community. He joined the committee in 2016 so he could be the voice of the volunteers.

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.

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.

Staff

Kelly Labross – Projects Manager
Kelly has a daughter with autism and a young son, she has recently returned back to work after a career break to look after her children. Previously Kelly was a route manager for Transport for London.

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.

Lucille Aiton – Activity Leader

Lucille is the working mother of three grown up children. She has volunteered for  Dacorum Mencap since 2010 and became an Activity Leader in 2014. Lucille is no stranger to volunteering as she has volunteered at  Berkhamsted Football Club for over ten years. Before taking a break to bring up her children, Lucille worked with the elderly in a care home.

Vicky Williams – Activity Leader

Vicky joined ROAR as a volunteer in 2012 and became an activity leader in 2014 and does this alongside her full time job working as an Officer in Civil Aviation. She is a carer for her mother who has Multiple Sclerosis and really enjoys running trips and activities with ROAR, especially anything outdoors, musical or crafty!

Becky Woodley – Activity Leader

Becky joined ROAR in 2015 as an Activity Leader when she moved to the area from East Sussex.  She worked for Southdown Housing Association for 11 years with adults with learning disabilities, after changing from a publishing career. She is particularly keen to extend the number of activities we offer in the Tring area.