Who We Are

Menphys is a local Leicestershire Charity for disabled children, young people and their families.

It is registered with the Charity Commission.


Menphys Ltd is a Registered Charity No. 270700 and a Company Limited by Guarantee and is governed by an executive board consisting of 10 trustees:

Chairman: Mr Ian Knight
Vice Chairman: Mr Nev Hammonds
Hon Treasurer: Mrs. Sandra Abraham
Company Secretary: Mr Nev Hammonds
Trustees: Mrs. Vikki Heath, Dr Rebecca James, Ms. Margaret McGrath, Professor Wyn Rees,  Mr Peter Smith M.B.E, Mr. Rob Wade and Mr Martin Traynor O.B.E

The following offices are also held:

Executive Director: Post currently vacant
President: Jennifer, Lady Gretton, D.C.V.O., J.P., H.M. Lord Lieutenant of  Leicestershire
Vice President: (Currently vacant following the death of Mrs Audrey Smith in February 2016)
Patron: Frances, the Duchess of Rutland



Ian is Leicester born and bred and has lived in the Western Park area of Leicester for over 30 years. Ian is married to Aileen and two daughters and a son.  He practised as a solicitor in Hinckley for over 30 years until 2009 when he became the Head of the School Governor Department of Leicestershire County Council from 2009 to 2014. He has been involved Menphys since 2000, first as the Chair of the sponsored walk committee, then as a trustee from 2002, then Vice Chair and then Chair from 2015.


Ian has lived in Leicestershire for over 20 years and is married with two sons. A keen sports fan, he is a season ticket holder at Leicester Tigers with one of his sons and an avid supporter of his local rugby club in Syston.  A Chartered Engineer, he has held various senior management positions in both large corporate organisations and SMEs prior to taking up the role of CEO with Menphys in November 2018.  He is passionate about the local community and has been involved in a number of significant fundraising initiatives over the past 10 years.


Carolyn has worked in Fundraising and Marketing for many years. Most recently she worked for a disability charity in Leicester, but has also worked in the private sector, and on a self-employed basis. She has personal experience of caring for a family member with a disability.