The Westminster Society,
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Meet the team

Exceptional staff supporting unique people.

Governance

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

Chair

Lynne has over 20 years’ board experience. Formerly the CEO of both Woolwich plc and National Australia Bank’s UK businesses, she currently serves on the boards of Royal Mail, Serco plc and TSB. Past directorships include Nationwide Building Society, Scottish Water, Standard Life Aberdeen and Jardine Lloyd Thompson.

Trustees
Lynne Brooke, LLB,

Lynne Brooke, LLB

Lynne has been a practising solicitor for 50 years and a trustee of the Society for almost 30. His daughter Jemima has profound and multiple learning disabilities and used the Society’s services. Lynne is Lifetime President of Disability Law Service, which provides legal representation and advice for people with disabilities.

Margaret Butler,

Margaret Butler

Margaret is a retired executive and non-executive director with multinational experience and a career spanning many decades in the financial services industry. Chair of a trustee board and bank board committees, eg Nomination, Corporate Governance, Risk, Finance and Remuneration.

Ann Caro, BSc,

Ann Caro, BSc

Ann has been involved in the Westminster Society for almost 40 years when Ann's son, who has Downs Syndrome, first used the toy library at Rainbow House. Ann became a trustee 25 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. Voluntary experience includes school governor roles, local environmental groups, mentoring; also close experience with autism, ADHD and eating disorders.

Simon Jarrett, PhD,

Simon Jarrett, PhD

Simon Jarrett is a writer, historian and the editor of Community Living Magazine, which campaigns for equal citizenship for people with learning disabilities. He is also chair of Corali Dance Company.

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. He has also been involved in community fundraising on a voluntary basis for two national charities.

Cathy Slater, MA (Cantab),

Cathy Slater, MA (Cantab)

Cathy has three children, one with Downs Syndrome. She is a parent campaigner and activist, with expertise in disability rights and education legislation. She lived in India from age 7 to 12 and founded two Westminster support groups which helped many Arabic speaking parents of children with disabilities.

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. He has chaired a large housing association and is a school governor at the primary school he attended. He currently chairs our Operations and Safeguarding committee.

Stephen Wells,

Stephen Wells

Stephen is an Executive Director at WSP, a global consultancy in the built environment and originally qualified as an architect. He has held lead roles on several high profile projects, including the London Olympic Games 2012 and Southbank Centre regeneration. He was recently a governor and chair of Eltham College. 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

The Westminster Society calling for equal rights for learning disabled people.

COVID -19 has disproportionately affected people with learning disabilities, however the government is failing to ensure appropriate testing.

Take a look at our CEO’s letter to Matt Hancock - Secretary of State and help our campaign by spreading the word and changing government policy

Read the letter to Matt Hancock MP