Our Patron and President

Sara Ryan, Patron

In 2018, the trustees asked Dr Sara Ryan to be MLMC’s first ever charity patron.  Sara is a long time supporter of MLMC and is well known nationally in the learning disability sector. Her role is to help expand the reach of our campaign work, spread our networks, and help the trustees to represent the charity at the highest level. 

Michael Edwards, President 

Michael founded MLMC in 1998, and for the past 25 years has been a champion of the rights of learning disabled people and an active trustee of the organisation.  

In April 2017 the charity’s membership voted for Michael to be made the lifetime President of MLMC.


Our Trustees

Ben McCay, Co-Chair of Trustees

Ben has been on the Jobs and Money team for the last few years and is involved in many different MLMC projects. He is a member of the Oxfordshire County Council Co-production Committee, is working on the national self-advocacy movement, is one of our champions and is getting involved with Gig Buddies too.

Kate Hiorns, Co-Chair of Trustees 

Kate is new to being a trustee this year but has lots of experience in My Life My Choice. She is a great Champion and is a regular attendee of the women’s group, Banbury group and the young person’s group.

Jack Blackwell, Vice-Chair of Trustees 

Jack is in his second year as a trustee and has lots of experience in My Life My Choice. He is a great travel buddy, is on the Stingray Team and is a regular attendee of the Walking Club.

Paul Scarrott, Vice-Chair of Trustees 

Paul is a longstanding member of MLMC and works on lots of different projects including Stingray, Champions and Gig Buddies. He can often be found helping out at the MLMC office but when he isn’t, he volunteers to help the homeless with the SWAT charity.

Abul Kasem, Trustee 

Abul is a member of our Oxford group and an essential part of the quality checkers team. Abul likes to use computers and be independent as much as possible.

Ady Chappell, Trustee 

Ady is new to being a trustee this year but has lots of experience in My Life My Choice. He is on the Stingray Team and is a regular attendee of the Oxford group and the young person’s and adult Champions group.

Anup Upadhyaya, Trustee 

Anup is new to being a trustee this year but has been a part of My Life My Choice for a long time. She ensures that we hear from people from lots of different backgrounds.

Bradley Brash, Trustee 

Brad is new to being a trustee this year but has lots of experience in My Life My Choice. He is on the Stingray Team and is a regular attendee of the Oxford group and the young person’s and adult Champions group.

Joan Mansfield, Trustee 

 Joan is a fun and friendly member of our Oxford Group. She is a great self-advocate who helps people speak up for themselves and is happy to speak on their behalf. She is a long-time member of Stingray and is always ready with a hug.

Katie Harrison, Trustee 

Katie is involved in lots of projects at MLMC and has been an active member for many years. In her spare time, Katie loves pop icons such as Aaron Carter and her cute cat called Brandy.

Keith Filleul, Trustee 

Keith is a long-time member of My Life My Choice and was a trustee many years ago. He is a Travel Buddy trainer and is very confident travelling on trains and buses. He also has a Gig Buddy who he loves going out with.

Louise Weeks, Trustee 

Louise is a great activist for MLMC who never lets her disability stand in her way. She has been going to the Banbury group for many years and is very pleased to be on the Jobs and Money team this year.

Minty Hoyer-Miller, Trustee 

Minty is new to being a trustee this year but has been a part of My Life My Choice for a long time. She has been going to the young persons group and has played a big role in our Young Champions’ Parliament.

Nigel Taylor, Trustee 

Nigel has been a member of MLMC for many years and is a great activist and advocate. He loves doing research and acting, and he was the star of our ‘Get Healthy, Live Longer’ film.

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