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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.

The Eddie's board of trustees are:

Chairman                   Tandy Harrison                    


Tandy trained as a teacher and, having spent 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 just written the chapter for parents in the forthcoming Intensive Interaction handbook to be published by Sage.  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 where he is also 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, for 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 - Ricky Sykes

Ricky Sykes

Ricky is an entrepreneur who works in software, finance and beverage industries. Ricky has been volunteering with Eddie’s Befriending Scheme since November 2014 and has loved every minute of it after being encouraged to start volunteering following a year travelling. Ricky wants to introduce new ideas in to the charity as well as looking to inspire more young volunteers getting involved.

Ricky bring his business and finance experience along with his passion for the cause and first-hand experience of being a volunteer at Eddies.  In his spare time, he loves to travel the world and compete in almost every sport going.




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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