Catherine Wood is Chief Executive Officer at Mencap In Kirklees.
I have a range of experience and knowledge having supported people with learning disabilities for over 30 years across a varied career as well as experience as a family carer. After graduating with a degree in social sciences, I have worked in direct support roles in both residential settings and day services and managed teams supporting people in different types of services including supported living, residential care, nursing services and day opportunities as well as business development and communications work. I have worked for local authorities, the NHS and charities across the North East and Yorkshire and have continued to gain qualifications throughout my career.
I have a special interest in supporting people with learning disabilities as they age and have led award winning projects promoting good practice. I have a place on the British Institute for Learning Disabilities (BILD) Growing Older with Learning Disabilities (GOLD) steering group and also the Palliative Care for People with Learning Disabilities (PCPLD) Special Advisory Panel.
I am especially pleased to be working with Mencap in Kirklees as my history with the charity goes back a long way. Growing up in Kirklees I volunteered at the Gateway Club when I was young and my brother was supported by the team at Mencap for over 10 years until he died in 2005. I am fully aware of the organisation’s amazing history of developing services driven by dedicated families to meet the needs of their community. Mencap in Kirklees has for over 70 years developed to meet people’s changing needs and retained the commitment and vision to make it the well-regarded charity it is today. I am therefore very much focussed on building on all the excellent support that is currently provided and readying ourselves for the challenges of the future.