The Royal Mencap Society today announced two new Vice Presidents of the charity, and a new Director of Fundraising. Lord Dafydd Wigley and Alderman Alan Yarrow will help promote Mencap’s work and learning disability issues within their own spheres of influence, whilst Richard Yorke will bring over 16 years of fundraising experience to the charity.
Mencap’s chief executive Jan Tregelles commented:
“We are delighted to welcome Lord Wigley, Alan Yarrow and Richard Yorke to The Royal Mencap Society. Their experience and knowledge of learning disability, and influence amongst the charity sector, politics, business and beyond is significant. Our vision is a world where people with a learning disability, their families and carers have the same quality of life and opportunities as everyone else. Lord Wigley, Alan Yarrow and Richard Yorke will play a significant role in bringing about this day.”
Lord Dafydd Wigley , the former leader of Plaid Cymru and vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Disability Group, will work with the Royal Mencap Society President Lord Rix and assist his extensive work in the House of Lords. As Vice President Lord Wigley will maintain his links with Mencap Cymru whilst strengthening the co-ordination between Wales and the Royal Mencap Society. His involvement with Mencap began after the birth of his two sons Alun and Geraint, who had a genetic condition which included a profound learning disability.
Lord Wigley said of his appointment:
“I am truly honoured to be named Vice-President of the Royal Mencap Society. Over the many years I have spent working with Mencap, we have helped move the needle on many important issues that affect people with a learning disability. There is much more for us to do until people with a learning disability, their families and carers enjoy the same opportunities as everyone else. This role will help me further champion the causes and issues that affect people with a learning disability.”
Alderman Alan Yarrow has a long history of philanthropy and is a notable figure in the City of London’s finance sector. He is currently Chairman of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and was previously Chairman of the London Investment Banking Association. Prior to this he was Group Vice-Chairman of Dresdner Kleinwort, having spent 37 years service with the London based investment bank.
Alan Yarrow said of his appointment:
“The Royal Mencap Society plays such a key role in improving the lives of people with a learning disability and becoming further involved in this is an exciting privilege. The important victories in terms of policy and services that Mencap has achieved for their beneficiaries serve as a powerful inspiration for my position as a Vice-President. I look forward to helping Mencap in any way I can to continue this important work, and in fighting for the freedom and equality of all people with a learning disability.”
Richard Yorke has worked within fundraising for a number of national health and social welfare charities. Prior to joining Mencap he worked at Marie Curie Cancer Care where he grew annual income from individual donors by £12 million, and before this he worked at the Stroke Association and Age Concern.
In his current role as Director of Fundraising, Richard is responsible for the fundraising team who raise money to support Mencap’s advocacy, campaigning and community work.
There are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers by fighting to change laws, improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities. Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want.