The Westminster Society,
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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.

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

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

Martin Haarmans,

Martin Haarmans

Martin is a Private Equity executive with extensive senior management experience. Martin has previously worked with Goldman Sachs (London) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant from KPMG (Australia).

Ian Jackson,

Ian Jackson

Ian’s career has been primarily in Financial Services, initially in Marketing and Operational roles and latterly in senior Risk and Compliance positions.

Simon Jarrett, PhD,

Simon Jarrett, PhD

Simon Jarrett is a historian and the editor of Community Living Magazine which campaigns for equal citizenship and inclusionof 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.

Jeff Mendzil,

Jeff Mendzil

Jeff has worked at a senior level in Financial Services in Product, Marketing and Supplier management.

Cathy Slater, MA (Cantab),

Cathy Slater, MA (Cantab)

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

Michael Webber,

Michael Webber

Vice Chair

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.

Stephen Wells,

Stephen Wells

Stephen is an Executive Director at WSP, a global consultancy in the built environment and originally qualified as a Chartered Architect in his early career. He has held leadership roles on a number of high profile projects, primarily as a Director including, Head of Design Management and Consents for the London Olympic Games 2012, Royal Festival Hall refurbishment, Pre-construction Director for a new city district of St Petersburg, Russia. He has also been a Governor for eight years, six of which were as Chairman, at Eltham College until 2019, an Independent school with one thousand pupils. Married with two sons in higher education.

Advisory Council: continuing to champion and support the Society with a wealth of knowledge, insight and experience
Hilary Bach,

Hilary Bach

Former Trustee 2005-2019

Hilary has been connected with the Society for over 40 years, as a fundraiser and member of our Adult Services Committee, and became a Trustee in 2005, having just completed an honours degree at the Open University. Hilary was instrumental in supporting our senior team in developing services for older people with learning disabilities, which has been a special interest of hers.

Myra Round,

Myra Round

Former Trustee 1993-2016

Myra has been a supporter of the Society for over 40 years, as a campaigner, fundraiser and trustee. As Chair of the Board, Myra led the organisation through a period of expansion with the development of new models in service delivery and the establishment of a range of supported living opportunities for people with learning disabilities in Westminster. As a parent of a person with a learning disability, Myra has brought an invaluable family perspective to our planning and decision making.

Shirley Rodwell,

Shirley Rodwell

Former Trustee 1993-2020

Co-founder of the Society in 1962, and retired marketing communications consultant, Shirley has spearheaded our marketing and fundraising initiatives for close to 60 years, securing much needed funds for vital services for both children and adults with learning disabilities. Shirley is also active in improving services for older adults in Barnet.

Virginia Villiers,

Virginia Villiers

Former Trustee 1993-2019

As one of our longest serving trustees, Virginia has in the past been Chair of the Board and a member of various committees including the Fundraising Committee. With Virginia’s leadership, we saw the expansion of our children and family services which has created a lasting legacy.

Covid-19 Update

We are continuing to provide essential services for people with learning disabilities across London 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

Very special thanks to our amazing, committed and dedicated staff who are going above and beyond anything we could have expected.

Join our team if you would like to help support your local community - we are in need to support workers to help us carry out critical support work