Meet the team

Exceptional staff supporting unique people.


We are governed by a Board of Trustees who together bring a wealth of knowledge and experience about the voluntary sector, company and charity law, the perspective of learning disabled people and their families and also fiscal and administrative oversight.

Our Board meet at least 5 times a year and is responsible for directing and monitoring our work so that we act properly and meet our objectives.  The breadth of experience represented within our board of trustees is invaluable in helping to ensure the Westminster Society continues to deliver its much needed services in very challenging times now and in the future.


Lynne Peacock, BA, Chair

Lynne Peacock, BA


Lynne, a former CEO of National Australia Bank’s (NAB) UK business and CEO of Woolwich plc, has over 25 years’ senior management experience in a range of roles comprising brand development, mergers and acquisitions, change management and business transformation.

Hilary Bach, BA,

Hilary Bach, BA

Hilary has been connected with the Westminster Society for 40 years, she became a Trustee 10 years ago and has recently completed an honors degree at the Open University.

Lynne Brooke, LLB,

Lynne Brooke, LLB

Lynne has been a solicitor for over 30 years. Lynne’s eldest child has profound and multiple learning disabilities and went to Rainbow Nursery and used respite care at Alison House.

Ann Caro, BSc,

Ann Caro, BSc

I have been involved in the Westminster Society for almost 37 years as my son who has Downs Syndrome, first used the toy library at Rainbow House. I became a trustee about 20 years ago and I am chair of the Alice Gestetner Fund Committee.

Mark Corfield, MBA, MA,

Mark Corfield, MBA, MA

Mark Corfield has 15 years of senior management experience, focussed on risk management, governance, and business integrity

Yusra Esper, PhD,

Yusra Esper, PhD


Tina Hallett, BA (Econ) ACA,

Tina Hallett, BA (Econ) ACA

Tina Hallett has been a PwC Partner for eighteen years. Tina is a Chartered Accountant, Prince 2 qualified and holds the BA (Hons) Economics.

David Ive, LLB,

David Ive, LLB

Simon Jarrett, PhD,

Simon Jarrett, PhD

Simon Jarrett is a historian and the editor of Community Living Magazine which campaigns for equal citizenship and inclusion of people with learning disabilities.

Steven Martin, PhD ,

Steven Martin, PhD

Honorary Treasurer

Steven worked in the UK Banking sector mainly in the areas of financial planning and corporate development.

Shirley Rodwell MBE,

Shirley Rodwell MBE

Co-Founder of WSPLD in 1962, Chair of Fundraising and retired Marketing Communications consultant. Also active in improving services for older adults in Barnet.

Cathy Slater, MA (Cantab),

Cathy Slater, MA (Cantab)

Parent campaigner and activist, founder of two parent support groups, with expertise on disability rights and education legislation.

Virginia Villiers MBE,

Virginia Villiers MBE

Michael Webber,

Michael Webber


Michael is a qualified barrister and a solicitor and has many years experience working in both private practice and in-house in the financial services industry.