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Meet The Team & Trustees

Here at Pennine Mencap we have a wonderful and diverse staff team, with experience in various industries including care, charity, NHS and much more. As well as the fabulous day to day staff, our Trustees are a hardy bunch of experienced charity workers who make Pennine Mencap tick behind the scenes.

 

You can learn about the team, their roles and their favourite TV shows here:

 

Beccy:

I am the Project Co-ordinator at Pennine Mencap. You will often find me in midst of all activities; planning, organising, and making sure everyone feels welcome at Pennine Mencap.
I began volunteering at Pennine Mencap in 2015 alongside my studies. As soon as I graduated, I knew I wanted to put more of my time into the charity. Now, I work here! Except it doesn’t feel like work. I get to spend my week singing, dancing, painting, playing games and learning new things from the most inspiring group of people! I always tell people that I have the BEST job in the whole world.

In my spare time, I like to keep just as busy. I enjoy spending time in nature, exploring new places, eating out, and of course spending time with family and friends.

Favourite Food: chocolate.
Favourite colour: green.

Favourite TV show: Friends.
 

Tom:

Hi! I’m the Activity Coordinator here at Pennine Mencap. I started here in March 2023 and have loved every minute since! I take a lead on all performing arts sessions, like Rhodes Bank Choir and Stage Right Performing Arts Group. In 2018, I went to university and gained a BA Hons in Musical Theatre. Before I came to Mencap, I worked for a care group as a Wellbeing and Lifestyle Coordinator for people with highly complex needs.

I have a passion for the application of theatre and the arts and love making theatre accessible for all. This job is amazing, I get to do all of that, whilst singing and dancing my way through the day with the best bunch of service users!

When I’m not at ‘work’ if you can call it that, you’ll find me at rehearsals warbling my way through life!

Favourite Food: Tomato & Bacon Pasta Bake

Favourite Colour: Green

Favourite TV Show: Downton Abbey/Call The Midwife

Charlie:

 

I am Pennine Mencap’s Communications Officer, which involves blog writing, social media planning and posting, and handling general incoming and outgoing communications for PM. I’m a passionate writer and have a love for creating content in various formats, which goes hand in hand with my role here. I assist in various other duties here, which can be anything from helping with cookalong to hauling plasterboard upstairs. I’ve certainly never had a job like this before!

 

Outside of Pennine Mencap, you can usually catch me at a gig in Manchester or watching Leeds United losing somewhere! I am also a music journalist, where I review records, live shows and festivals.

 

Favourite Food: Neapolitan-style Pizza
Favourite colour: Purple

Favourite TV show:  The Simpsons

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Emily:

 

Hi! I am the activities coordinator at Pennine Mencap. I started at Mencap in July 2021, previous to this I did a whole host of weird and wonderful things; funeral directing, podiatry (yes, feet!) and nursing, however nothing as fun or fulfilling as Pennine Mencap! I absolutely love that I get to call this my job, when I spend the day dancing, acting and arts and crafting with an amazing group of people. 

In my spare time I love visiting new places (old spooky towns are my favourite), quizzing and playing board games. 

 

Favourite Food: Salt and Pepper Chicken 

Favourite Colour: Black 

Favourite TV Show: The Vampire Diaries 

Gina:

I'm the Administrator at Pennine Mencap and I started in July 2023  having previously worked for Domiciliary Care Company, working with Elderly Service Users from EMD Residential and End of life. Care as been my life long passion and have worked in care since I was 17.

In my Spare time I love spending time with my Family visiting new places and having fun filled family days out.

I love to go away at the weekends eating nice foods and drinking Lovely wines. I love the Summer going on long walks with my Fur Baby Teddy. I am most looking Forward to my Amazing Journey with pennine mencap and meeting all the Wonderful people that come through the door I am the sort of Person who will get involved with all and everything that is threw at me.

Favourite Food : Italian 

Favourite Colour: Red

Favourite Tv Show: Horror Films.

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Elliot Sparks:

 

I’m the chairperson and one of the founding trustees of Pennine Mencap. I discovered my passion for volunteering to support individuals with learning disabilities and autism over 15 years ago, and I’m pleased to say it has never diminished!

 

The main quality I bring to the charity is drive and ambition to keep improving what Pennine Mencap is, expanding what it does and growing our relationships with the community we exist to support. The challenges experienced by our service users constantly change, and it’s our duty to evolve to meet their needs.

 

I enjoy nothing more than representing the charity by singing alongside the Rhodes Bank Choir, devising recipes and leading our weekly Cookalong, or darting about at Friday Night Club and other social activities, where you’ll find me getting beaten at pool and having a laugh with our service users. I am also immensely proud of the work we have done to refurbish Rhodes Bank Chambers into a unique hub of activity.

 

As a jack-of-all-trades I can feel a bit restless behind a desk, and don’t like taking myself too seriously. However I also understand the importance of spending much of my time working on funding applications, helping to develop project ideas, advocating for service users in crisis and ensuring the charity meets its compliance requirements. I also bring the experience and knowledge acquired having operated a CQC registered care provider and staffing agency for over 10 years.

 

Favourite Food: anything edible you can get from a fishmongers

Favourite Colour: being colourblind I’ll hedge my bets with ‘grey’

Favourite TV Show: The Mighty Boosh

Paul Stock:

 

I’m one of the founding trustees of Pennine Mencap, and bring to the charity my long experience as a solicitor and business owner.

 

Professionally I have specialised in commercial law, business law, company and corporate law for over 35 years, as well as having a long-standing interest in supporting, advising and assisting with the governance of charities. I’m motivated by the principles of fairness and equity, and believe it is vital these values should continue to be robustly applied to the charity’s operations.

 

While I live and work locally, I spend as much time as possible in France, enjoying my passions of skiing in winter and hiking in the summer months. I also speak fluent French and (almost!) fluent Hebrew.

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