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, 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.

Trustees
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.

Mark Corfield, MBA, MA,

Mark Corfield, MBA, MA

Mark Corfield has 15 years of senior management experience, focused on risk management, governance, and business integrity. Mark is chair of the Westminster Societies Fundraising 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).

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.

 Shirley Rodwell MBE,

Shirley Rodwell MBE

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

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.