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Who We Are


Angela Duce

Angela Duce | CEO Harpenden Mencap

Angela joined Harpenden Mencap in April 2020.  She is a Registered Nurse (RNMH) with more than 25 years’ experience working with children and adults with learning disabilities and autism across the health and social care sectors, with more than ten years working in not-for-profit and charitable organisations.  Most recently, Angela worked for the NHS in Luton commissioning services for adults with learning disabilities across health and social care with a particular focus on the Transforming Care Programme.

Angela is passionate in ensuring that people with high support needs are able to live in their own home close to their family and community and is a vocal campaigner for improvements in education and support for people with learning disabilities, autism or other neurodiversity.

With a BA (Hons) in Nursing from the University of Lancaster, Angela went on to study Health Research and Medical Sociology at the University of Greenwich before completing a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with the Open University. 

Angela and her husband live in St Albans.  They have two grown up children and a five year old son.


Julie Caseberry - Chairman 

Julie Caseberry | Trustee Chairman

Julie was a civil servant working for the DOE at Warren Spring Laboratory and left to have her family. She has been involved with Harpenden Mencap since 1987 joining after her eldest son was born.

She served on the general committee before becoming a trustee in 2006 and subsequently became chairman in April 2015. She also is part of the fundraising team helping to organise events. Julie has also served on the Grove school PTA, Harpenden 10th Scout committee and Harpenden Explorers Scout Unit committee.

In her spare time she is learning to speak Spanish, enjoys baking and has been an Arsenal season ticket holder for the last 38 years.

Nick Latham - Treasurer

Nick Latham | Treasurer Harpenden Mencap

Nick’s son was a service user at Harpenden Mencap for about 10 years and was one of the final ones to go through the children’s services before it was ultimately decommissioned in 2016.

Nick is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in the property and the not for profit sectors as his day job. He was also governor at a special needs school for eight years, and heavily involved in the relocation to stunning new premises.

Nick was appointed Trustee and Treasurer in 2016 but had been involved for some time before that. Nick lives in St Albans and Has taken up running, quite often with his son, and they have done a number of charity runs, including the St Albans Half Marathon raising funds for Stairways.

Caroline Rosser-Smyth

Caroline Rosser-Smyth | Harpenden Mencap

Caroline worked as a Bi-lingual PA to Senior Executives/Chairs within the financial and commercial sector, eventually switching to the Voluntary Sector.  She spent a very fulfilling five years at The Children’s Society.

Caroline and family have supported and been actively involved with Harpenden Mencap for 16+ years including Caroline being a serving member on one of its committees.  Happily, since living in Harpenden, their eldest son also accessed many aspects of the then Harpenden Mencap Children’s Services and now enjoying the benefits of Supported Living with Harpenden Mencap at Stairways, Douglas Road.

Caroline continues to keep up with her French and, just about, with her children. She is an active parish member at Our Lady of Lourdes, Harpenden and is one of their catechists.  She worries about life and the universe but is also learning to dance; she is fanatical about pilates, enjoys travel, chat, family and friends plus has a keen interest in learning Italian and Spanish.  

Peter Taylor

Peter Taylor | Harpenden Mencap

"Peter has 20 years corporate HR experience and has held senior roles at Sabre as EMEA HR Director, Vice President HR at TomTom located in Amsterdam and recently Global HR Director for Lombard Risk Management plc. 

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning Studies from the University of Westminster, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Peter has previous Trustee and Audit and Compliance Committee experience at Whiteley Home Trust, a charitable retirement village in Surrey.

Peter lives in Hitchin with his wife and three daughters.

Registered Managers 

Leigh Benford 

Leigh Benford | Harpenden Mencap

Leigh has been an active member of Harpenden Mencap since 1992, gaining experience from the Children’s service, outreach scheme, night and day shifts in the residential service and Manager of the charity shop when it first opened.

Leigh is now the Residential services Manager and supports a team of dedicated staff. In the past Leigh trained as a Nurse and worked in this field for 5 years.

In her spare time Leigh likes walking and arts and crafts.

Claire Wilson 

Claire Wilson | Harpenden Mencap

Claire is our Community Services Manager, she joined Harpenden Mencap in 1995 and has worked in various settings throughout the organisation. Claire has supported both children and adults in residential, short breaks and outreach services. Claire is committed to ensuring our services fulfil the vision of people living the life they want.

In her spare time Claire enjoys spending time with her family, travel, antique and vintage shopping and holidays by the sea.