Mencap chief executive to stand down

Dame Jo Williams, chief executive of learning disability charity Mencap, has announced that she will retire in October.

Jo Williams,
Jo Williams,
When she joined the charity in 2003, Williams said she would leave after five years at the helm.

“I can hardly believe how quickly the years have flown by,” she said. “It has been a wonderful period, enormously fulfilling and rewarding for me. I am so proud of what we are achieving through our campaigns and our high-quality services.”

When Williams joined Mencap, one of her priorities was to increase the proportion of the organisation’s staff with learning disabilities.

Figures show that the organisation now employs 23 people with learning disabilities at its head office, compared with eight in 2003. The proportion in its national assembly has risen from just over a third to 60 per cent.

“Her effective leadership has led the organisation to higher standards of performance at all levels,” said Brian Baldock, chairman of Mencap. “She has served a lifetime in the world of disability, and we have been very fortunate that some of that time has been spent with us.”

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