Meet the Mencap Trust Company team and find out what each of them do.
Valerie – Trust Administration Manager
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.
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 a small talent management company, as well as Capital Xtra.
Reece has a keen interest in music and is forever going to concerts and festivals.
Reece enjoys the unique challenges that the job brings and is working towards obtaining his STEP certifications to enable him to further develop his skillset and help vulnerable people and their families.
Rima - Admin Assistant
Rima joined the Mencap Trust Company in October 2019. She helps ensure that Mencap Trust funds are distributed to the Trust beneficiaries to improve the overall quality of life the recipients deserve. She studied Business Management at Middlesex University and graduated in 2017.
Rima has worked in various customer service roles, opting to forge a career path in working for an honest, life changing organisation to make a positive contribution to existing disabled person who deserve the same resources and help as the rest in society. She is energetic, and bubbly ensuring beneficiaries are left feeling valued.
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.
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 has completed the STEP certificate in trust and estate for England and Wales. She 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.
Laura Best - Regional Reviewer (South West)
Laura began working for Mencap Trust Company in 2019 visit some of our beneficiaries who live in the South-West of England.
Laura has previously worked as a support worker then moving to work alongside the Speech and Language Therapist in a specialised College for young people with learning disabilities for the past 14 years.
Laura is passionate about communication and ensures everyone has the right to give an opinion and make choices independently as possible through signing, a communication aid, pictures and symbols specific to each individual needs and ability.
Laura enjoys meeting the beneficiaries, families and carers to identify ways to make a difference in their lives.
Sandra Hawes - Regional Reviewer (Norfolk)
Sandra is a support worker and has worked for Mencap for 20 years. In 2018 she was rated as Top Talent in her annual appraisal. At the 'You've Got Talent' launch, she met the Trust Company team and wanted to find out more. Sandra joined the team of regional reviewers in Norfolk. Sandra is passionate about inclusion and making sure that people with a learning disability are enabled to reach their full potential.
Peter Burford - Regional Reviewer (Hampshire)
Peter works for the Mencap Visiting Service, and as our regional reviewer in Hampshire. Previously he has worked as a social worker in Hampshire and West Sussex. Peter and his wife, Lesley, have 3 sons, the oldest lives with them and has learning disabilities. Peter enjoys playing golf, though 'not very well' he says.
Donna Rice - Regional Reviewer (Northern Ireland)
Donna is a support worker for Mencap in Northern Ireland. She supports people with a learning disability living in supported living services. She joined the Mencap Trust company as a reviewer in July 2019. Prior to working for Mencap, Donna worked with children aged 4-5 years old in primary education with learning disabilities and mental health issues. Donna enjoys visiting the beneficiaries and talking about how the Trust can help them.
Claire Tritton - Regional Reviewer (North East)
Claire has worked in the Third Sector for over 17 years in a variety of roles including Community Development, Community Engagement and Project Management. Claire became our regional reviewer in 2018 and covers the North East and North Yorkshire area. Claire has worked for the Royal Mencap Society for the last 5 years and is currently the Delivery Manager for Collaboration in the Regional Programmes Team. Her role focusses on collaboration (both internally and externally), inclusive communities and various projects and initiatives aimed at improving the lives of people with a learning disability. Each Trust review is an opportunity to get to know the beneficiaries by visiting and having face-to-face meetings to discuss what their individual requirements are and to identify what the options and choices could be to enrich and make a difference in their lives.
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