Our Team

Oundle Mencap Holidays is run entirely by volunteers. We operate a structure which allows for one on one care for our holiday makers at all times, with the flexibility to support any specific requirements as needed.

Oundle Mencap Summer Holiday2021

Helpers

The primary carers on the summer holiday are sixth formers, many of whom are either pupils at, or recent leavers from Oundle School, who provide one on one care, 24 hours a day, during the whole holiday.

Having been a pupil at Oundle School is by no means a pre requisite for volunteering with us, with many of our Helpers coming from other local schools, or joining us through friends.

Specialist Helpers

The small Specialist Helper team is a group of more experienced volunteers, who will each offer focussed support for any Holiday Makers and Helpers that my require it.

Our Specialist Helpers will generally support a specific Holiday Maker throughout the course of our holiday as well as assisting Helpers develop their understanding and confidence.

Group Leaders

The helpers are supported by 12 Group Leaders, who are generally university undergraduates with at least three years’ experience on the holiday.

They demonstrate good practice, provide a first line of support for the Helpers and Holiday Makers – and keep everyone in the right place at the right time.

Senior Team

Our senior management team consists of older volunteers with many years of Oundle Mencap volunteering under their belt. They bring a wide range of professional experience, offering skills such as special educational needs teaching, medical care and accounting which are used both during the holidays and in planning and preparation throughout the year.

Board of Trustees

The OMH Board of Trustees perform the functions as outlined by the Charity Commission, which includes monitoring of the Registered Manager, the creation of annual reports and their submission to governing bodies as well as annual policy reviews and updates, and monitoring of finances.

  • Robin Banerjee (Chair)
  • Anna Clish (Secretary)
  • Andy Fahrenheim (Treasurer)
  • Claire Huntington (Registered Manager)
  • Kate Taylor (Trustee)
  • Jo Floto (External Trustee)
  • Katrina Rowe (Senior Helper Trustee)
  • Mel Symonds (Parent Trustee)
  • Amelia Barker (Oundle School Trustee)
  • Eddie Dove (Trustee)

Key Contacts

Claire Huntington: Registered Manager

Claire is a Assistant Head of an SEN school who currently lives in London. Her professional expertise is hugely valuable on our summer holiday.

Claire has been part of the Holiday since 2005 and has been Registered Manager since 2023.

Bella Kirk: Child Lead

Following six years as a primary school teacher, Bella is now an SEN teacher in South London, working with children with a range of profound and multiple learning needs.

Anna Clish: Responsible Individual

Anna is a busy mum to three girls and is a former teacher. She is a long-standing volunteer with over 30 years experience at Oundle Mencap.

On the Holiday Anna oversees the Medical Team and is a trustee and company director of OMH. She is the responsible individual who represents OMH for the purposes of inspection.

Livvie Kirkbride: House Lead

Livvie works for a start up and currently lives in London. She has volunteered with Oundle Mencap for over a decade.

Along with Andy, Livvie is one of the House Leads on our Summer Holiday.

Andy Fahrenheim: House Lead

Andy is a solicitor who currently lives in London. He has volunteered on the summer holiday for over a decade. He brings his deep experience on our holidays, coupled with his legal skills to the Senior Management team.

Andy also serves as Treasure on the Board of Trustees.

Kate Taylor: Child Lead

Kate has previously been a special needs teacher and head of an SEN school, as well as working with autism outreach. She has been involved in our holidays since 1983 and she won an award from national Mencap in 2012 for her commitment to our work, the same year she set up Oundle Mencap Outdoors.

Katrina Grennan: Head of Operations and Activities Lead

Katrina (KK) is a teacher currently living in New York City. She has been volunteering with Oundle Mencap for over a decade.

Sam Cone: Logistics Lead

Sam is a PR and Communications professional, living in South London.

He has volunteered with Oundle Mencap for over 18 years, and brings a wealth of experience and positivity to the Summer Holiday.