Board of Directors
Andrew Waite - Chair
Andrew has served as a Chief Executive of two small to medium size charities over a number of years, working at senior management level as well as serving as a Trustee & Chair of Trustees. He is currently Managing Director of "Impactful Governance - Community Interest Company" as well as Director of "Festoon UK" where he delivers speaking engagements to community groups.
He has operated a small business alongside other roles, delivering lectures to groups and members from public, private and voluntary organizations as well as working with individuals, to inspire and motivate them towards goals.
He was a Governor of Oxlea’s NHS Foundation Trust for over two years, representing Learn no Disability and has been a school Governor within Hertfordshire Council for three years. Having worked within Hertfordshire Council and Westminster Council, he has a view of statutory requirements and an insight into how organizations can truly influence the change that the statutory, business and voluntary sectors need.
Mike Wiffen - Treasurer
I am a qualified accountant, and I took early retirement from Barnet Homes in December 2010, where I was its Chief Financial Officer. Previously I worked with Barnet Council for almost 30 years, becoming Head of Finance for both housing and social services. My education was undertaken at Christ’s College, Finchley where I am now a Governor, and I have an Economics degree from Essex University. I have two sons, and the eldest, Timothy has Downs Syndrome. This led me to experiencing Barnet Mencap’s services from the user-perspective through Open Door, which was so supportive in his early years.
I live in Barnet and have been treasurer of the Old Finchleians FC for the last twenty years. Football is a passion of mine, and I regularly watch Barnet FC. One of my other passions is exploring Europe by train, and recently reached both Krakow and Prague.
Sheila has lived in Finchley since 1981 and is married with three adult daughters. After 34 years working in social housing in Camden and Barnet, she retired in 2011 and took up a range of activities locally and in central London, which included working as a volunteer for Barnet Mencap. She became a trustee in 2012 and brings experience of people and organisational management, multi-agency working, service user consultation and, of course, social housing. She has provided support on various fundraising bids and activities such as the “Walk for Wendy”. In future she will be leading for the Board on User Consultation and provide ad hoc support as needed.
Meg has lived in Barnet for 37 years and is married with 2 adult children. Following her retirement, she became a volunteer with Barnet Mencap in 2010 and a trustee in 2011. Meg is qualified as both a social worker and a librarian and brings to the Board experience of service provision in a variety of scenarios and at both group and individual level. She also has experience of managing people, budgets and projects.
As well as sitting on the Board, Meg is a member of the Communications Group, participates in the regular inspections of Sherrick House and often helps out in the Barnet Mencap offices.
Callum is a primary school teacher who currently works supporting children with a range of needs. He has previously worked in the classroom in Camden, but because he has lived in Barnet all his life is now working in the borough. One of his main interests is in how children with learning disabilities can be supported in the classroom as well as in other areas of their life.
In Callum’s spare time he is pursuing postgraduate qualifications in education and has just finished his Masters. He has been most interested in implementing new initiatives in educational organisations – an interest that has led him to explore how charitable organisations work.
Cristina is an experienced policy professional with considerable experience of working within the charitable and regulatory sectors.
She has held roles in a variety of national organisations including a health regulator, a membership body and the disability charity Scope.
Her work at Scope included policy and advocacy around the equality, human rights and access to justice agendas. She has always been motivated by a belief that all individuals should have the opportunity to participate fully and equally in society and have an independent voice.
Outside work, she enjoys running and playing tennis.
Sally has an adult daughter with physical and learning difficulties who has lived in a small residential home in Barnet for the past 8 years and who uses the Day Services in Barnet. Her daughter comes home every other weekend, so she is well aware of the pressures on families who care for a family member with learning difficulties.
She has 2 other grown up daughters and is married to Peter who she met when they were both volunteering at a Gateway Club in Enfield over 30 years ago. For the past 8 years she has worked at Barnet College supporting students with additional needs on specialist and mainstream courses. She has specialised lately by working on the Childcare courses where her experience of having a child with learning difficulties has definitely come in useful.
Outside work and caring duties she enjoys reading, sewing and going to the cinema. She also enjoys walking locally but tries to escape to the lovely Peak District whenever she can for more demanding walks.