Ian Tomlinson

Chairman of board of trustees

Ian has 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, he has 35 years’ experience working with 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.

Michelle Leadbetter

Vice Chairman

Michelle has a background in Mindfulness, Health and Wellness with many years experience as a Wellbeing Coach, Mindfulness Practitioner and Mental Health Service manager. She managed her own rhythm based wellness business in Cape Town, South Africa for 20 years before bringing her skills to South West England in 2018. Many years experience as a drumming therapist, event manager and performer combined with qualifications in Social Studies and Counselling Skills, Pilates and Nia dance, Michelle utilises her skills to facilitate change in a variety of Mental Health, learning disabilities, addiction, psychiatric and diverse community settings.

Annie Kelly


Annie is a registered nurse and experienced board director, with expertise in clinical leadership, governance, performance management and service transformation. Living in Wiltshire, Annie is committed to applying her skills to help Bath Mencap to grow and develop. 

Andrea Tuzzolo


Originally from Italy, Andrea has studied and worked in the UK for the last 25 years. He is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant and is currently working for the British International Investment Company who invest in overseas projects that support local communities. Andrea is also working towards a Masters in Translation as he loves languages as much as numbers! Giving back is important to Andrea and he is committed to applying is financial background to supporting Bath Mencap as Treasurer.

James Owen


James is an experienced marketing communications professional with over 25 years in brand management, advertising and marketing communications. Being new to Bath and having volunteered for other charities, James is now applying this knowledge and experience to support Bath Mencap as a trustee by supporting all things related to marketing and communications.

Jules Guymer


Jules is Mum to Samantha who is 19 and has Down Syndrome. She works for a High Street Bank and runs a business supporting Mum’s to use natural alternatives for health & wellbeing.

Samantha joined Bath Mencap when she was 8, attending Bath Junior Gateway Club and Jules became a Trustee. Samantha left BJGC when she was 18 and is now enjoying the adult activities on offer - her favourite is Ten Pin Bowling!

Jules looks forward to continuing to support as a Trustee to enable children & adults with additional needs to keep experiencing a wide variety of activities, such as holidays with their friends & weekly social activities. 

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!

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