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Who We Are


Angela Duce

Angela Duce | CEO Harpenden Mencap

Angela joined Harpenden Mencap in April 2020. 

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

She is a Registered Nurse (RNMH) and most recently, she worked for the NHS in Luton commissioning services for adults with learning disabilities with a particular focus on the Transforming Care Programme.

Angela is passionate about 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.


Peter Taylor - Chairman

Peter has 20 years of 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 and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Peter lives in Hitchin with his wife and three daughters.

Caroline Rosser Smyth - Vice Chair

Caroline worked as a Bi-lingual PA to Senior Executives/Chairs within the financial and commercial sector, switching to the Voluntary Sector spending 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. Since living in Harpenden, their eldest son has also been a service user for many years now within Supported Living 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.

Julie Caseberry

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 and subsequently became Chair in April 2015. She is also part of the fundraising team helping to organise events. 

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 

Nick’s son was supported by Harpenden Mencap for about 10 years and was one of the last people 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. 

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 for charity, quite often with his son. 

John Wallace

John Wallace | Trustee Harpenden Mencap

Married, with three children, now all grown up and left home,  John and his wife Julia have lived in St Albans for the last 30 years.

Having grown up in Edinburgh, he spent the best part of his career in the property industry, initially in Scotland, Bristol for a short spell, but mainly in London, and has worked for a variety of organisations, from banks, private equity, sovereign wealth and consultancy, principally in the development and asset management sectors.  

He now works in London as Commercial Director of a Housing Association, although gradually trying to cut back from being full-time.

Having a bit more time available, John brings his experience and background in real estate and general management to his role as a Trustee at Harpenden Mencap.

Gary Caseberry

Gary Caseberry | Trustee Harpenden Mencap

Gary has spent over 45 years working in the Construction Industry. His experience encompasses operational contract and commercial management, interaction with a full range of business financial partners and the sale, purchase and rent of commercial property.

Gary and his extended family have supported and been involved with Harpenden Mencap for over 30 years.

Gary lives in Harpenden with his wife Julie and they have four grown-up children. He enjoys watching football and has a Liverpool season ticket. His other hobbies include sailing and bee-keeping.


Leigh Benford

Leigh has been an active member of Harpenden Mencap since 1992, gaining experience from the Children’s service, Outreach, 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 | Manager

Claire is our Community Services Manager, she joined Harpenden Mencap in 1995 and has worked in various settings throughout the organisation.

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.