Meet Our Trustees

We are looking for enthusiastic  people to join our board of trustees.

We are looking for people with a range of expertise and a commitment to help  continue to provide essential support to our members and Mencap ‘family’. Our volunteers are essential to the successful running of our clubs.

Do you have the skills and experience to be a trustee? Can you be free one Monday a month?

To find out more about the role and application process please contact

Lisa O’Brien, Chairperson

Mother of Jon, has been involved with the Society since Jon joined what was then called ‘Junior Gateway’  in 1990. She joined the trustees in 2005 and held the post of Chair until work commitments forced her to step down in 2008. She rejoined the trustees in 2013 and has been Chair since 2014.

“ I believe that our Society is like an extended family. We benefit from each other’s company and need us all to pull together to develop even more facilities and opportunities for our members both now and in the future”

“As we grow and take on new challenges, my business background will, I hope, help. I spent  20 years in  the sphere of retailing and operations management. I then moved to teaching and management at UWE. In between, I raised Jon and his sister Susie, living in Keynsham for what is now 30 years.”

Kath Dawson, Deputy Chairperson

“I’m a mum to my now very grown up son and step mum to two almost grown up boys. I’ve lived in Keynsham and Brislington and I’ve been a volunteer with Mencap since the end of 2015. Early in 2018 I became a Trustee because I could see that my professional skills as a Digital Marketer could be leveraged to help support this charity that I have come to love with all my heart.

I had no experience of learning disabilities before I became involved. I was looking for an opportunity to do something useful after the kids grew up and I’d seen a friend posting photos of Mencap holidays on Facebook. It looked like great fun so I got in touch and was asked to help with Club25. I’ve never looked back.

Being a Trustee, and now Deputy Chair, is a responsibility and commitment that I relish because I can see the fantastic work that everyone involved does. From 16 year old volunteers running cake bakes to trustees with decades under their belt. It’s a real community and I feel privileged to be involved and able to put smiles on the faces of members, help build their confidence and facilitate opportunities.”

Russ Pocock, Treasurer

“I brought up my family in Keynsham, and I retired from business as a director/senior manager in 2012, and in 2013 was talked into taking on the role of Treasurer at Keynsham Mencap. This was a step I have never regretted; working with great staff and fellow trustees.”

Charley Davis, Trustee

“I became a trustee as I believe it’s important for the younger members to be represented.  My son has been a member since he was 5 and he’s now 10 and club is a highlight of his week. However my son isn’t my only experience of disabilities, I have 3 siblings who are also members and have been for many years and I know what Keynsham Mencap means to them.

I hope that my experience of different disabilities ranging from very medically complex to challenging behaviour from both a parental and sibling point of view will be a helpful insight to the rest of the trustees and that I can gain knowledge and learn from those that have been in the role for years.”