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: Lyn Edwards
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.


Lyn Edwards trained as a nurse in London, specialising in Paediatric Oncology. Whilst bringing up her family Lyn was a registered childminder and then went on to foster three children all of whom had disabilities and special educational needs. In 1995, Lyn was appointed as project leader of the emerging Menphys Special Outreach Service. Lyn has led the project through a number of phases of development until the present day.


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.