Welcoming our new Chair

“I want us to excel, and to have an excellent reputation regionally and nationally. And I want that reputation to be about the excellent time our customers have when they are with us.”

That’s the message from Rob Pearce, who we are delighted to welcome as the new Chair of our Board of Trustees.

Rob joined us a Trustee four years ago, bringing with him decades of experience in charity governance.

A former charity CEO, he has run his own consultancy for 25 years, specialising in supporting charities with all aspects of their governance and operation, from compliance to fundraising. 

Rob is also a school governor and has spent 10 years as a non-executive director in the NHS.

“One of my personal drivers is ensuring the recipients of the charity’s services get the very best service they can,” he says.

“For Heart of England Mencap that means delivering the best services that we can for our customers – the people at the heart of all that we do.

“I am passionate about providing support to people that are vulnerable, have challenges or just need a little help – and in making sure they get that help.

“I would like to see Heart of England Mencap as the go-to organisation, and I mean that in a supportive and not a competitive way.”

For Rob, sustainability in the charity sector is key.

“Many people will need our services in years to come and we need to be sustainable to meet those needs,” he adds.

“I see myself as a custodian.

“We will also strive to be driven even more by our core values; to be much clearer about the values that we live by; the values that we deliver our services by.”

Rob takes over from Glen Von Malachowski, Chair of the Board since 2009 and who we can’t thank enough for his invaluable support and contribution.

Helena Wallis, our Chief Executive, said: “I would like to take the opportunity to express our thanks to Glen as he steps down from the role of Chair after successfully leading us over the past 10 years. Glen has helped to shape the charity to get it to the great position we are in today. This has included navigating through some significant changes in the world of social care and service delivery. Glen always demonstrated his values and beliefs in the way he supported the charity and his own experience helped shape the vital work we do to support people with a learning disability to live the best life they can.

“Rob joins us as Chair after his successful time as a trustee and I am delighted to welcome him into this leadership role. He brings knowledge, experience and passion to the charity and is a great ambassador for the rights of people with a disability to have the best support they can to empower them to lead a fulfilling life.”