Paul Moser Chair of Trustees
Paul has been on the Hertsmere Mencap Committee and Chair or Vice-Chair for many years. In his career, he ran an IT distribution company specialising in the African market and when he retired in 2013, took over the reins as Chairman.
Having a son with learning disabilities, he developed a close interest and involvement in the sector and is associated with both Mencap and with a London-based care provider.
Paul gets great satisfaction from his involvement with so many of our members. He says “my vision is for Hertsmere Mencap to reach out to each and every learning-disabled person (and their families) in the area and be able to provide support at whatever level he or she might need”
Tony Walton Vice Chair
Tony Walton has been associated with Hertsmere Mencap since 1981, after he was elected as a Hertfordshire County Councillor and was put on the Social Services Committee. Tony has previously been Chair of Hertsmere Mencap and is now Vice Chair and a Trustee.
Tony’s professional life was in financial services, latterly on the compliance side as a business analyst. Before retiring Tony worked for Royal Mencap for 5 years.
Tony says “I enjoy working with the members and I learn something new every week”
Outside of Hertsmere Mencap, Tony loves being with his family.
Krishna Chandak Treasurer
Krishna joined Hertsmere Mencap in Dec 2019, as Treasurer Trustee.
Along with this, Krishna is working for a leading investment bank.
Krishna is very passionate about giving back to the Society and hence believes that a Treasurer role is a perfect one for him.
Outside of work, Krishna enjoys spending time travelling and cricket.
Susan Moser Trustee
Susan is a Trustee and Committee Member and has been part of Hertsmere Mencap, including being Chair for over 40 years.
Susan has been involved with fundraising, organising social events and drama activities.
She is especially proud of encouraging members to fulfil their potential by taking on specific roles within the Society
Edmund Grower Trustee
Edmund is a practising solicitor, Trustee of Hertsmere Mencap and Chairman of our Golf Day Committee, which is our biggest annual fundraising event.
Edmund is also the Honorary Secretary of our Society and plays a unique role at our Christmas parties.
In his spare time, Edmund enjoys playing golf and following cricket and football, especially West Ham United.
Karen Snyder Head of Communications
Karen joined Hertsmere Mencap in February 2020. Prior to this, Karen worked in various marketing roles. When she read the Head of Communication job description, she said “I knew immediately this was a role I would love to do.”
Karen said “I love the variety of my role, I enjoy spending time with our members and working to increase awareness of who we are and what we do. I love being busy and challenged”
Outside of work Karen loves spending time with her family and friends and going to the theatre.
Lisa Richards Activities Coordinator
Lisa joined Hertsmere Mencap in May 2022.
Prior to this, Lisa had a diverse background in Education and Social Care.
Lisa said “I am really looking forward to meeting the members and providing activities that can be easily accessed and enjoyed by all”
Lisa’s hobbies include spending quality time with family and friends and she really enjoys discovering new parts of the world that she has never visited before.
Hayley Bentley Noah’s Ark Playscheme Co-ordinator
Hayley joined Hertsmere Mencap in February 2022 after previously managing Trust Funds for people with disabilities. Prior to this Hayley worked for several charities, fundraising and planning events.
” I jumped at the chance of coordinating the Noah’s Ark Playscheme which my son previously attended, a lifeline for my family for many years. I am so excited to be part of a fabulous team, continuing to be a support to families old and new and to organise a fun filled holiday scheme where the children thrive in a safe and stimulating environment.”
Hayley’s hobbies include walking, talking, theatre and socialising with family and friends.
Alyson Gnesson Jubilee Club Leader & Head Play Leader Noah’s Ark Playscheme
Alyson has been running the popular Jubilee Club for Mencap for three years.
Alyson said “I have had so many good times and laughs with the members. We have such fun with the different activities we host. All the members are our friends and it is a pleasure to spend time with them all”
Alyson joined Noah’s Ark Playscheme 12 years ago as Head Play Leader. Alyson has supported many families over the years with valuable respite care and she has enjoyed every minute. “Little did I know then that it would be a huge part of my life and not just a job. Both my girls are involved too, so it’s a real family affair”
Shoshana Gilmore Arts & Crafts Leader
Shoshana has supported the Arts and Crafts group with a range of activities, she said “I learn what each member likes and make sure I customise the activities to the needs of each member”. Shoshana spends time looking for activities to plan for each session, often using recycled materials.
For the last few years, Shoshana has run art sessions at Noah’s Ark Playscheme, as well as running her own independent art sessions and is also a Nanny.
Shoshana loves drawing and painting as well as visiting art galleries, museums and listening to music.
Angie Bluffield Dance Aerobics Leader
Angie joined Hertsmere Mencap in May 2019 as the Dance Aerobics instructor having trained in Inclusive dance. Angie said “The sessions are lively, entertaining and the members are great fun to work with. I look forward to running the sessions every week”
Since 2012 Angie has been running “Angie’s Dance Academy UK” offering weekly classes to both children and adults alongside running dance classes for other organisation, as well as working for Canada Life Ltd as a Medical Assessment Specialist.
Outside of work and dance, Angie loves to spend time relaxing at home watching a movie or catching up with friends and family over a nice meal & a glass of wine
Neil Hoskins Member Transport Officer & Deputy Member Liaison Officer
Neil has been involved with Hertsmere Mencap since he was 13 years old when his father was Hertsmere Mencap’s Transport Officer.
Neil contributes to making the lives of our members happy and fulfilled. Neil said “It gives me joy to see other people less able, being able to do things that they would have never been able to do”
Neil is an Expert by Experience, working at Hertfordshire County Council.
Vicky Wallis Member Liaison Officer
Vicky became Member Liaison Officer in 2014. Vicky is on hand to talk to our members and make sure everyone is okay.
Vicky also volunteers at Noah’s Ark Playscheme. Vicky said “I enjoy the Playscheme, it is hard work, challenging and lots of fun. I like playing with the children, mixing with different people and making friends with the staff”
Glyn Thomas Hertsmere Mencap Ambassador
Glyn has been a member of Hertsmere Mencap for 20 years. In 2021, Glyn became Ambassador and his role was vital during lockdown. Glyn made sure he regularly spoke to our members on the phone and gave them hope during this difficult period.
Glyn is also the doorman on the Hertsmere Mencap mini bus, he said “We have a laugh on the minibus, I am the doorman and I help the driver get everyone on and off the bus”
Michael Capocci Committee Member
Michael has been a member of Hertsmere Mencap since April, 2016. In 2018, Michael joined Hertsmere Mencap’s committee and has been a vocal member ever since, regularly sharing his thoughts and views.
Michael regularly attends our daily activities. Michael said “I’m a people person, I was bored before I joined Hertsmere Mencap, now I enjoy making new friends and being around people”
Michael is an active member of Borehamwood’s Visually Impaired Club.
Karen Clissold Committee Member
Karen has been involved in Hertsmere Mencap for a very long time and enjoys getting together and chatting with her Hertsmere Mencap friends.
In 2021, Karen officially joined Hertsmere Mencap’s Committee and she said “I enjoy being involved with Hertsmere Mencap and talking about what is going on and what is coming up”.
Gavin Kennedy Electric Umbrella Representative
Gavin has been involved in Hertsmere Mencap since he was a child, when he went to Noah’s Ark Playscheme. As an adult, Gavin has been a regular member of Hertsmere Mencap.
For the last few years, Gavin has been part of Electric Umbrella and has enjoyed writing and performing songs with his Electric Umbrella friends.
In 2020, Gavin joined Hertsmere Mencap’s Committee as the Electric Umbrella Representative. He said, “I enjoy making friends at Hertsmere Mencap and contributing at Committee Meetings”.
Russ Teague IT Support
Sandra Lewis Committee Member
Sandra has been involved with Hertsmere Mencap for 14 years. She began as our Admin Secretary for eleven years and now regularly volunteers. Sandra says “I love seeing our members regularly, we always have fun together”
Sandra also volunteers at Radlett theatre and in her spare time loves aqua aerobics and spending time with her three grandchildren.
Caroline Boydell Committee Member
Caroline has been a member of the Hertsmere Mencap committee for a number of years.
Previous to this she managed an Animal Welfare Charity in the USA and worked as a counsellor for the NHS.
Caroline says “Under Paul’s leadership the charity has grown so positively since I joined. I so enjoy the company of the members and of fellow volunteers”
Pat Brown Member Birthday Coordinator
Pat Brown has been involved with Hertsmere Mencap since 1970, making her our longest serving member. In 1997, Pat took over the very important role of sending out birthday cards to our members. “Hertsmere Mencap is so friendly and helpful engaging with people who have learning disabilities”.
Pat also loves knitting for charity, crosswords and listening to music from the 60’s and 70’s, her favourite singer is Daniel O’Donnell
Pat said “Working at Hertsmere Mencap is incredibly rewarding, all of the members and volunteers are exceptionally friendly and overall create a really warm and welcoming community”
Estelle Talberg Admin Secretary
Estelle joined Hertsmere Mencap in July 2021 as Volunteer Administrator. She comes with years of administration experience and wanted to give back her own time to this amazing charity.
Since getting involved she has also joined the Jubilee Club as a volunteer and simply loves it, “Volunteering with Hertmere Mencap is truly rewarding”.
Estelle spends her spare time being with her family, exploring new cities, cooking, walking and loving her dog, Pheobe.
Jill Crawley Policies and Procedures
Jill began volunteering with Hertsmere Mencap during the pandemic in 2021.
Jill works as a School Business Manager and wanted to offer her spare time during the holidays to help the community.
Jill likes meeting our members and interacting. She said “Volunteering gives me something special”
Jill’s hobbies are reading, travelling and learning Spanish.
If you would like more information or you would like to come along to our activities, please contact Karen on:
Mobile: 07938 722619