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Cambridgeshire Mencap

Meet us

Meet us

Meet our Board of Trustees

Eddie's is a registered charity which is led by it's board of trustees. The board meets bimonthly.

Chair - Tandy Harrison                    


Tandy trained as a teacher and after spending some years in mainstream primary schools, decided to specialise in teaching children with learning difficulties. She is currently self-employed, providing training in aspects of learning disability to schools, voluntary groups and residential settings as well as family support. She specialises in providing training in play, communication and interaction with people who have learning disabilities and is also an Intensive Interaction Coordinator, providing specific training on this approach. Tandy has recently completed a distance learning MEd (Learning Disability: Profound, Severe and Complex) with Birmingham University.

She has two children who both have learning disabilities and has wrote a chapter for parents in the Intensive Interaction handbook. She also co-ordinated an Autism Outreach Service for Eddie’s (Cambridgeshire Mencap) for three years.

Tandy brings knowledge about learning disability and current good practice in provision to the Board, as well as a parent's perspective. Through her work, she is acutely aware of the difficulties families face and the gaps in service provision locally.

Treasurer - Nick Mansley


Nick is CEO of Cambridge Research and Investment Consultants and Executive Director of the Real Estate Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. At the latter he is a Senior Fellow in the Department of Land Economy. He teaches on finance, investment and strategy issues in the University. He is Vice Chair of the Lord Chancellor's Strategic Investment Board at the Ministry of Justice. He also serves as the Indepenexecutive of the Urban Land Institute.    

Over the past twenty years Nick has held a variety of senior positions in the asset management industry including leading the global multi-manager business at Aviva Investors responsible for c$20bn of investments across all asset classes. He also served as a director of the Aviva Money Purchase Pensions Committee and was a trustee of the Cambridge Steiner School. Nick is a keen triathlete, representing GB for his age group.   

Nick is a father of three and the Autism Outreach Service was a great help at a crucial time in one of his children’s development. Nick brings general management experience and strategy and finance expertise.

Trustee - Margaret Oatey


Margaret worked for 15 years as Social Worker, ten of which she was responsible for enabling people with a learning disability to live independently and for setting up their care packages and social activities. She has been volunteering in her local community for 50 years with WRVS, Scouting, Action for Children, Fendis (Fenland Disability Sports) in addition to Fenland Mencap, through the merger into Cambridgeshire Mencap.

Margaret was the lead member of a small working group that set up an Adult Befriending Scheme in the Fenland area 10 years ago, and chaired the Management Committee for the scheme. She keeps in regular contact at a local level with Eddie’s service users, parents, carers, and other organisations in the Fenland area. By this contact and networking she is able to help staff to maintain and expand existing services, and to develop new ones. Margaret’s efforts were recognised in the New Year Honours list of 2010 where she received an MBE ‘for services to the community in East Anglia’.

As a mother, grandmother and sister to a deaf sibling, Margaret’s experience – personal, volunteering, and professional – has helped her see how vital it is to offer good community services that encourage integration, give respite, and enhance quality of life.

Trustee - Richard Holland


Richard qualified as a Social Worker in 1982. He initially worked in a residential setting in France, but then worked for 34 years in Cambridgeshire within statutory services for children and adults.  Richard retired from Cambridgeshire County Council in May 2017 having done a range of roles as a practitioner, operational manager, strategic manager and commissioner.

Richard's relationship with what are now Eddie’s and Edmund Trust goes back a very long way; the original Edmund House was still a Residential Home!  He is very pleased to be joining Eddie’s and hope to be able to use his experience to good effect.

Richard is doing a mixture of paid and voluntary work that should support Eddie's. What Richard can bring to Eddie’s includes; Fostering Agency Decision Maker, for Cambridgeshire County Council, associate for the National Voluntary Organisation supporting self-directed support for disabled children and adults, ‘In Control’ ( http://www.in-control.org.uk/), associate reviewer for the Improvement and Development Agency of the Local Government Association, Trustee for Centre33 (http://centre33.org.uk/), in the process of becoming a Trustee for Pinpoint (https://www.pinpoint-cambs.org.uk/) and voluntary panel member, Break Therapeutic Fostering Service  (http://www.break-charity.org/).




What we do

What we do

We help people do the things they enjoy most, make new friends, learn new skills and become more independant.

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