Greenwich Mencap was founded in 1951 as the Woolwich & Greenwich Society for Mentally Handicapped Children, to campaign for a better deal for people with a learning disability and provide the services that they and their families need.

Since then, we have grown to 26 full-time staff and many more part-time and volunteers who provide advice, support and representation to adults and children with learning disabilities, learning difficulties or autism in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Our leadership team, staff and volunteers work tirelessly to give those people a voice, improve their daily lives and ensure they are valued equally in the community.

Terri Looker, Director of Services

Terri joined Greenwich Mencap in 2004 after almost two decades working for the Royal Mail. She is responsible for day-to-day management decisions and the development and implementation of the organisation's strategic plans.

Cathy McClimonds, Information & Guidance  Lead

Cathy joined us in 2023 after various roles in education.  She is responsible for giving advice, support and guidance for matters such as welfare, housing and benefits.  

Sally Ettridge, Independent Living Services Manager

Sally joined Greenwich Mencap in 2018 and brings with her 18 yrs experience in both Managerial and Quality assurance standards within Health & Social care sector. She is responsible for Managing and coordinating the independent living services.

Richard Gibbon, Community Engagement officer ( activities)

I have worked for Greenwich Mencap for the 7 years. I started as a Volunteer which later turned into a paid position:  1-1 support in the community. I am currently combining that role with the role of Community Engagement Officer for evening activities. , my role is to be the link between adults with learning disabilities and the community ensuring they get equal opportunities to access activities in their local  community. My main objective is to increase their social skills, self esteem and independence. 

Andres Felipe Caro Alvarez, Finance off

My journey at Greenwich Mencap began in 2019 when I joined the Independent Living Service (ILS) team. Eager to expand my skills, I expressed an interest in finance and received tremendous support from the organisation. I embarked on a journey of learning, enrolling in bookkeeping courses to enhance my qualifications.

With the unwavering support of my colleagues and supervisors, I successfully transitioned to the finance team, where I now contribute to payables and receivables ledger control accounts. This transition was a significant step in my career, made possible by Greenwich Mencap's commitment to nurturing talent and providing growth opportunities

James Thorpe, Finance Manager

James joined us in 2015 having managed the finances of a Southwark charity which looks after unpaid Carers. His responsibilities for Greenwich Mencap include budgetary control, sales and purchase ledger control, payroll administration and contact manager for all fundraising events and activities.

Our trustees

Anthony Pearlgood, Chair

Laura Smyth

Jane Lawson, Vice Chair

Christopher Swift

Jonathan Sellers, Treasurer

Timothy Swift

Want to join our team?

If you’re interesting in volunteering some of your time for an amazing, worthy cause that has a direct impact on the lives of people near you, call us on the number below between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively, email us or send us a message and we’ll get back to you soon!


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