Our Trustees

At Hastings and Bexhill Mencap, we are incredibly lucky to have a dedicated and supportive Board of Trustees. All of our trustees are committed to ensuring that we provide the best service we can to adults with learning disabilites. Our trustees all have different backgrounds revolving around learning disability and we are grateful of their knowledge and committment to our society. They meet monthly and share thoughts and ideas on improvement of services, fundraising and day to day running of the society.

Georgina Holmes

Georgina Holmes

Chair and Social Secretary

Georgina became involved with the society in 1982 after she had run a local playgroup. Georgina heard that the local Mencap Society were having an AGM and simply turned up to get some more information! Georgina was able to transfer her skills from running a playgroup to running a support group for children with learning disabilities based at Hastings and Bexhill Mencap. Georgina and her family have volunteered for the society ever since. Georgina became the Chair in 1994.

Michael Cheale

Michael Cheale

Treasurer

Michael and his wife Lynda became involved with the society when their son Scott attended Hot Shots Club (a support group for children with learning disabilities and their families). Before retiring, Michael was a long distance lorry driver, this proved to be very helpful when he was asked to be transport officer by the committee! Michael has sat on the committee as treasurer and transport officer for just over 25 years!

June Fletcher

June Fletcher

Trustee

June became a trustee after her daughter Rebecca began attending day service at Open Door and Active Arts. June has been involved with support groups previously when Rebecca was very young and the family lived in Hertfordshire. In the past, June has owned and run her own business, she has worked as a teaching assistant and has held treasurer and secretary roles on previous committees for various organisations.

Bob Nisbet

Bob Nisbet

Trustee

Bob became invloved with us after he retired from his role as Southern Area Manager for Royal Mencap. This role meant that Bob had always been aware of our work at Hastings and Bexhill Mencap and his role provided a beneficial link with our society and Royal Mencap. Together with this role, Bob and his wife, Liz, became carers via the Shared Lives scheme sharing their home with a gentleman with learning disabilities who, at the time, attended day service at Hastings and Bexhill Mencap. Bob has sat on the Board of Trustees ever since.

Gill Jeffries

Gill Jeffries

Trustee

Gill became involved with Hastings and Bexhill Mencap when her son Martin began attending social clubs, almost 20 years ago! Martin now also attends day service at Open Door. Gill, who previously worked for the Department for Work and Pensions now volunteers her skills in the office at Frimley and helps to run Gateway Club, a social club run on Thursday evenings for local adults with learning disabilities. Gill has sat on the Board of Trustees for around 10 years.

Sylvia Barnes

Sylvia Barnes

Trustee

Sylvia has been invlolved with Hastings and Bexhill Mencap since 1997. Sylvia’s husband was first to volunteer on social club evenings, but one evening he called upon Sylvia to help as there wasn’t enough support staff. Sylvia jokes that she walked in the door on that first evening and never left! Sylvia now volunteers every Wednesday and Saturday evening for our Social Clubs, assisting on outings and sitting on the Board of Trustees.

Wendy Bristow

Wendy Bristow

Trustee

Wendy became involved with the society around the time that her daughter, Sophie, started attending day service at Open Door. Previously, Wendy has worked in various higher education establishments providing support to students with special educational needs and disabilities. Wendy says she strives to make education accessible to everyone. Wendy also sits on the fundraising committee at Hastings and Bexhill Mencap,raising funds for all departments and providing ongoing fundraising support for our build project.

Jo Dauti

Jo Dauti

Trustee

Jo became involved with Hastings and Bexhill Mencap when her sister, Hayley was very young, attending ‘Hot Shot Club’, a social support group for children with learning disabilities and their families. Hayley now attends Open Door and Active Arts. Jo previously worked in the office at St Marys School in Bexhill (a school for children with special educational needs and learning disabilities) and now volunteers her skills on the committee. Jo looks after two adults via the Shared Lives scheme which she has been involved with since 2002.