Board and Trustees

Bexley Mencap is governed by a Board of Trustees who meet bi-monthly. 
You can contact any of the Trustees by email or by post to 19 Church Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA7 4DD

 Wendy Darling, Chair

I am a senior manager in a third sector support organisation with a firm commitment to delivering excellent client focussed services. My enthusiasm for providing services to support independence is largely driven by my personal experience. My brother has a severe learning disability and I fully appreciate the demands and stresses this can place on carers, alongside the reward and joy that is experienced.
  Sonia Hicks, Vice ChairI live in mid Kent and my background is in social housing and support.  I am passionate about helping people lead as independent a life as possible and maximising their potential. When I'm not at work, my main interests include gardening, walking the dogs, reading, meditation, going to the gym and spending time with family and friends..
 Terry Orford, Treasurer    I am a senior manager for a healthcare regulator having previously had a career in UK branch banking and as a consultant helping set up micro finance banks and institutions in Eastern Europe, Africa and India. I was introduced to Bexley Mencap by a friend who is a close supporter of the charity.  In my spare time, I am a Padi professional scuba diver, currently training to be an instructor, I play guitar and mandolin and enjoy a regular game of tennis – although I am a dreadful player!
 Nina MartinezI have lived and worked in Bexley for many years, and I'm currently the Vice Chair of Governors at Marlborough School.  I am a multi-sensory story teller and trainer and I'm married with two children.
 Nimisha VadukulI am part of the Friday Respect Group and really like coming to Bexley Mencap.  I have worked in Bexleyheath for 10 years and get some extra help from Bexley Twofold. I help raise money for Bexley Mencap.  I like having fun with my friends and going on holiday with them to Hastings.  We have given teaching sessions to the student nurses at the University of Greenwich, it was really good. 
 Nicki FowlerI have been involved with people with learning disabilities for nearly 30 years in a professional capacity as a nurse and now a lecturer. I have spent over 20 years living and working within the local areas of Bromley and Bexley. I have been a Trustee at Bexley Mencap for six years and am impressed with the organisation and its work for local people with learning disabilities and their families and carers. Working within a voluntary capacity enables me to bring my experiences and commitment to empowering people into an evolving organisation.
 Stacey YusufI am a carer for my brother who has a learning disability, he attends a centre locally with the ambition of one day having a supported job.
I have worked with special educational needs schools to improve participation and access to sport. I have organised large scale sporting events as well as conferences and meetings for teachers and carers to raise awareness of sporting events and inclusion. I hope to transfer these skills to benefit local people with learning disabilities, their families and carers. I am looking forward to meeting Mencap members and helping wherever I can, however I can
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 John Ward, SecretaryI retired from the police in 2013 after 30 years.  Having worked at some time during my service with both Bromley and Bexley Mencap,  I recently became a volunteer for Bexley Mencap as well as a Trustee on the board.  I live in Welling with my wife and two daughters so I'm used to being told what to do!  I'm also the chairman of the Priory Players Amateur Theatre Company based in Eltham.  I play golf (badly), support Charlton Athletic as well as enjoy watching Rugby Union.