Meet the Mencap Trust Company team and find out what each of them do.
Ricardo Morais TEP – Trust Director
Ricardo is member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners - STEP - and recently joined the Mencap Trust Company in the capacity of Company Director. His priority is to ensure that the needs of individual beneficiaries are at the heart of our activity and to support the families through the decision making process of whether or not a discretionary trust is the right vehicle to take care of the future of their beloved ones. Ricardo has overall responsibility for the Mencap Trust Company services. Ricardo is accountable to the Mencap Trust Company Board.
Stacy East - Senior Trust Relationship Manager
Stacy joined the Trust Company in March, 2018. Prior to this, Stacy worked in Personal Support Services for 13 years at Mencap. She initially started as a support worker, and progressed to service manager. Stacy has worked in many of Mencap’s services and has trained as an advocate as well as a person centred planning facilitator. Stacy is passionate about inclusion and wants to see every person with a Learning Disability achieve their full potential. Stacy brings a person-centred approach to each review visit and works closely with each beneficiary and the important people in their life. Stacy helps beneficiaries ask for things from the Trust, her favourite part of the job is when a beneficiary has their request approved.
Alison Lewis - Trust Relationship Manager (South)
Alison joined the Mencap Trust Company in January 2019. Prior to this Alison worked for eight years in a secondary school for boys with social, emotional, mental health and behavioural difficulties. Alison also has a son who is 28 years old and has Downs Syndrome, he is a non-verbal communicator and Alison has skills in Makaton and non-verbal communication that she has developed to support her son to make his own choices. Alison is passionate about inclusion and supporting people to reach their full potential and embrace every opportunity available to them. Alison works closely with each beneficiary to understand the person’s needs and support them, their families and carers to make use of their trust fund to enhance their quality of life.
Robin Hume – Assistant Trust Relationship Manager
Robin has previously worked and volunteered for Mencap and comes to us from Barnados, where he worked as a children’s advocate. Robin focuses on building strong relationships with each beneficiary, their families and other important people in their lives. Robin enjoys helping beneficiaries to ask for the things they want from the Trust.
Valerie – Active Trust Administrator
Valerie joined Mencap Trust Company in 2008 and is the longest serving member of the team. She is responsible for receiving requests for funds from beneficiaries or their support/care staff, ensuring the requests are in line with company policy and processing payments from each Trust fund. Each request is carefully considered on an individual basis before a decision is reached.
Valerie enjoys the regular contact she has with beneficiaries, their families and support staff.
Ransirini - Trust Deed Administrator
Ransirini joined Mencap Trust Company in 2011. She is responsible for ensuring that all trust deeds are correctly completed, sealed and securely stored. Trust deed documentation is reviewed every two years and she regularly updates information about each beneficiary and the important people in their life.
Ransirini regularly talks to families and solicitors, supporting them step by step from initial enquiry through to deed set up.
Aisha – External Communications Lead
Aisha joined the team in March 2016. Aisha’s main role includes marketing Mencap Trust Company to families, wills and trust professionals and the wider learning disability community. She designs some of the Trust’s promotional material and works with colleagues across Mencap to manage the Trust’s social media, web pages and events. Like everyone in the team, Aisha meets the beneficiaries face-to-face. This is her favourite part of the job.
Vijay - Admin Assistant
Vijay started off as a Mencap Young Ambassador, which was a great opportunity to get involved in many things that Mencap does. He continues to enjoy volunteering for Mencap, especially campaigning. Before joining Mencap Trust Company, Vijay worked at Wetherspoons. His hobbies include playing football, ten pin bowling, socialising with friends, watching TV and listening to music. Vijay enjoys the way the Trust Team work together and always help each other.
Reece - Admin Assistant
Reece came to us through Mencap’s Employment Team. He was encouraged to apply by his job advisor. Before joining Mencap Trust Company, Reece worked in the music industry for SO Empire, a small talent management company in London. Reece has a keen interest in music and is forever going to concerts and festivals. His favourite band is Pendulum, and always will be. Reece enjoys the fact that no 2 days are the same, and that there is so much to learn.
Rabecca - Trust Accountant
Rabecca joined Mencap Trust Company in 2017. She brings years of experience and knowledge of finance in private and charity organisations. She is responsible for maintaining the financial records of each individual trust. Rabecca also meets the beneficiaries and is passionate about making a difference for people with a learning disability.
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