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The Team

Executive Committee

David Josephs


David Josephs is the chair of Dacorum Mencap. He was appointed in 2021. David has two adult sons, Harry and Dominic. Dominic has severe epilepsy and a profound learning disability, and now lives in residential care at the Epilepsy Society in Buckinghamshire. As chair, David has overall responsibility for the direction of Dacorum Mencap.

Sue Darker


Sue joined Dacorum Mencap as a trustee in 2021. She qualified as a registered nurse in learning disability while working at Leavesden hospital. She has also worked for Hertfordshire County Council managing a specialist service for people with a learning disability. Sue has a real passion for improving the care and lives of people with a learning disability.

Catherine Marsden


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


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.

Sue Bolton

Sue joined Dacorum Mencap in 2008. She stood down as chair in 2021. Previously she worked for Age UK Dacorum and Hertfordshire County Council as the Dacorum development/strategy officer for the voluntary sector and community.

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. Anne joined Dacorum Mencap in 2012

Sally Hodgins

Sally joined Dacorum Mencap in 2014 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.

Kiran Driver

Kiran joined Dacorum Mencap as a trustee in 2021. She has previously been a member of staff and a volunteer for many years. Kiran has a brother with Down Syndrome who moved to Berkhamsted in 2016. He lives in a flat supported by live in carers and family.

Lesley Dalton

Lesley joined Dacorum Mencap in 2021. She has 40 years’ experience in early year’s childcare. When she changed her career in 1995 she became a PA and accounts administrator. Lesley is now retired and enjoys being involved with Dacorum Mencap as a trustee and volunteering at the activities.

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.

Members Of Staff

Carol Walls

Project Manager

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


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 three 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.

Carmel Mullinger

Activity Leader

Carmel joined us as an Activity Leader in February 2020. She has a grown up family and has over 20 years experience working with children with learning disabilities in an SLD school. Carmel is currently leading our ROAR/Gateway Activity.

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.

Heather Canham

Activity Leader

Heather joined us as a Volunteer in November 2018 and brings many years experience of working in a SLD school with her. Heather is enjoys leading the sporty activities.


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