Our Trustees

Mencap Liverpool is governed by a Board of Trustees. Together they bring a wealth of experience from different backgrounds and are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity. All of Mencap Liverpool’s trustees are unpaid – they volunteer their time and expertise for free.

None of the trustees are based in the office, so if you’d like to speak to one of them, please contact the office to arrange this.


Matt SmithMatt Smith – Chair

I first became a Trustee of Mencap Liverpool in 2011. Having spent the previous 10 years fundraising for charity, I thought it was about time to put some of my other skills to work and get involved with a charity personally. I chose Mencap Liverpool after seeing the massive difference they make to the lives of local people with learning disabilities. I was elected as Chair at the 2015 AGM after having been the Vice Chair.

In my day job I am an employment lawyer and I work at the head office of national law firm Weightmans LLP. In my spare time I sing in a band called Swimming in Fear. I also keep up my fundraising activities having completed the Liverpool marathon, a 10km swim and a 312km bike ride around Mallorca to raise money for Mencap Liverpool in recent years.

Alan GriffithsAlan Griffiths-  Vice Chair

I am the Vice Chair of trustees and both parent and carer to my son, Christopher, a 29 year old man with a severe learning disability.  My late wife Sally and I joined Mencap in 1999 on both Local and National levels, and I was a Trustee of Royal Mencap Society from 2007 to 2011.

I am a staunch supporter of Mencap’s values, and its aims and objectives for the support of people with a learning disability and their parents and carers, and I believe in collaboration between local and national Mencap where it benefits those people we support.

Mencap Liverpool today is very different from the one I joined in 2003 - we are continuously having to meet new challenges and must be able to continue to do so in the future.

Now I am a single parent I don’t have much time for anything else, but Christopher and I are both season ticket holders at St Helens RFC. Come on you Saints!

Steve Mahon

Steve Mahon -Treasurer

After 23 years in the construction industry Steve joined the voluntary sector in 1995 becoming Director of Centre Services for BGWS helping them to become the largest childrens’ charity in the North West. During this time he also became the first regional trustee of CFDG (Charity Finance Directors Group) ending his term as Vice Chair in 2007.

He joined the iconic Bluecoat as FD in Capital of Culture Year and spent three years there before setting up his own consultancy using his considerable experience to help small charities and it was during this period he met Sarah Jones and became interested in Mencap Liverpool. He became a Trustee in 2012 and now serves as Treasurer.

Steve is now employed by Cruden Property services in a project management role working in Manchester. He is also a Governor of Maghull High School Academy. In his spare time he is a qualified FA Coach and Referee and long suffering supporter of Everton. He is also a member of the Liverpool Philharmonic and regularly supports the fantastic RLPO and wishes he had an ounce of Vasily Petrenko’s musical talent!

Carolyn McConnellCarolyn McConnell – Secretary

I first became aware of the work of Mencap Liverpool during my time working with Merseyside Police Authority, where I was the Deputy Chief Executive.  At the time Merseyside Police Authority supported Mencap Liverpool, providing funding towards a couple of projects aimed at reducing hate crime for people with learning disabilities.

Since March 2013 I have been a volunteer with Mencap Liverpool and have been involved in the arts and social aspects of the charity.

I started to attend Mencap Board Meetings as an observer and recently became a Trustee.  I am interested in helping to contribute to the work of Mencap Liverpool, particularly in relation to improving the accessibility of people with learning disabilities in the community.

I am a keen fan of football (supporting Liverpool), love reading crime fiction, and I am a mum to two grown up sons and have a grandson.

Beth GreenhillBeth Greenhill

I work as a psychologist in the NHS with people with learning difficulties. Part of my job is working with people who use our service to make sure their human rights are respected. I have done my job for eleven years.

I also work at Liverpool University where I help to train new psychologists. I also do research to try and understand how to make services better for people with learning difficulties and their supporters.

I am proud to be a Trustee of Mencap Liverpool because I am passionate about the human rights of people with learning difficulties, and think the charity makes a difference to people’s lives.


 Phil Corfield 

Phil has worked in various Finance Director roles at group Level and has over twenty five years’ experience, currently he is Group FD @ Gardner Systems PLC based in Liverpool.

He has also given advice and assistance to expanding organisations on Merseyside as part of the Liverpool Vision business support service. Having supported many third sector organisations who couldn’t utilise this SME only funding stream in order to ensure they have similar support. Phil has worked with Kensington learning Centre and The Rotunda College specifically to bolster their accounting functions and continues to assist them as required.

Phil also offers consulting and management services to a broad range of companies who require advice on best practice and systems implementation. He is also a Reserve Officer in the Royal Air Force and provides support for Adventurous training Activities throughout Europe.

Phil has a give something back philosophy and has also worked with several youth organisations to teach and supervise in Climbing Kayaking and a broad range of mountain activities from Skiing to Duke of Edinburgh as well as International expedition preparation. Phil was introduced to Mencap Liverpool last year though Sarah Jones and has been very open about wanting to be involved with the in his words very necessary and worthwhile work done by Mencap Liverpool.


Maria Cabrera

Maria Cabrera Urda

Twelve years ago my parents adopted the most wonderful girl I have ever known, my sister Salka, who has Down syndrome.This experience opened my eyes to the amount of support that charities provide and the role that organisations like Mencap play in people’s lives. My family and I have been involved with local charities in Spain since Salka came into our lives.
Upon moving to Liverpool I was determined to continue providing my support to this community and that is how I started volunteering with Mencap Liverpool.
After three years of volunteering,I wanted to do more, so when I was given the chance to become a Trustee I jumped at the opportunity.
I hope to draw down on my experiences from industry and personal life to help Mencap Liverpool continue the fantastic work they do far into the future.

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