Meet Our Trustees

Michelle Leadbetter

Michelle has a background in Mental Health, with many years experience as a Wellbeing Facilitator. Michelle facilitates regular interactive drumming, pilates and Nia dance classes, and workshops. Using her social science qualification, combined with rhythm, dance and healing arts, Michelle has worked in a variety of Mental Health, learning disabilities, addiction, psychiatric ,and diverse community settings in Cape Town, South Africa, and BSW, empowering people from all walks of life to be the best version of themselves.

Interests include alternative Therapies, the arts, nature, historic sites and travelling.  

Ian Tomlinson

I have a vast amount of experience in both the voluntary and statutory sectors from an operational to strategic level in health, social care and housing. In all, I have 35 years’ experience, including: children and young people, adults with a learning disability, young offenders and substance misusers. This work has been conducted in a variety of settings, residential and community-based settings, as a front-line worker, senior management and extensive strategic experience at board level.

David Matthews

Following 14 years in the RAF, and 7 as a Civil Servant, I moved into private healthcare, with a senior management role within BUPA Health Insurance. I was then invited to join a private hospital group, when I became a Hospital Director in Bath and later Bristol, before moving to Kuwait, to direct a project in modernising their psychiatric services. After returning to UK, I continued to work at a senior level in a variety of healthcare areas, including the Out of Hours GP Service, Healthcare at Home, and Telemedicine, in addition to a number of periods of self-employment as a Business Development Consultant.

My interests are in travelling and walking, but I have also been heavily involved in charity work, with almost 25 years with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, 9 years with the MS Society, 3 years with Sported, and currently 8 years with Bath Mencap Society. 

Caroline White

Caroline lives in Bath with her husband and three kids and is an Account Director for branding and design agency. Her eldest son, Seb, has Down’s Syndrome and Caroline is a parent advocate, passionate about supporting people with learning disabilities to access the things that they love and are entitled to. In 2012 Caroline campaigned for better representation in ad campaigns and Seb was the first model with Downs syndrome to feature in a major high street TV Ad - for M&S - and continues to feature in their shop windows and in-store today. She is a published author, her book 'The Label" was written specifically to help new parents facing an unexpected diagnosis. Caroline and Seb are family ambassadors for Royal Mencap, and the Musicman Project. In her spare time (😂), Caroline likes to swim in icy waters, has run several half marathons and the London Marathon. She LOVES the UPROAR! night at Komedia and can be spotted making shapes on the dance floor most of the night!

Julie Guymer

I am Mum to Samantha who is 19 & has Down Syndrome. I have worked for a High Street Bank for 33 years; as a Counsellor, Business Specialist & my current position is a Risk Quality Advocate. I also run a part time business supporting Mum’s to find natural alternatives for health & wellbeing for their family & helping them reduce toxins & chemicals in their homes.

I started my involvement with being on a committee when Samantha was 2 years old when I joined the committee of Bath Opportunity Pre-School (this is now part of Three Ways School) when Samantha was 8 she joined Bath Junior Gateway Club and I joined their Committee. Samantha is now 19 & left when she was 18 after having a very enjoyable 10 years at the Club experiencing many activities & several holidays to Butlins which were a real highlight!

I am looking forward to continuing my support to enable children & adults with additional needs to keep experiencing a variety of activities, holidays with their friends & weekly social activities.

Samantha’s favourite activities are Ten Pin Bowling & going out for a meal with her friends! 

Annie Kelly

Annie is a registered nurse and experienced board director, with expertise in clinical leadership, governance, performance management and service transformation. Having had a long career within health, she combines strategic, commercial and procurement experience with a strong understanding of risk, compliance, and quality assurance.

With broad cross sector experience at Director level spanning NHS acute, community, primary care, commissioning, and independent health care organisations, across Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire. Record of delivering service improvement and redesign of services, whilst improving performance. Experience on both sides of contracting and procurement within health and in leading clinical effectiveness and risk management programmes to improve patient outcomes. Annie has lived and raised her family in Wiltshire since 1996, and is committed to applying her skills to help Bath Mencap to grow and develop. 

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