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

The following offices are also held:

Chief Executive Officer: Ian Caldwell
President: Jennifer, Lady Gretton, D.C.V.O., J.P.
Vice President: (Currently vacant following the death of Mrs Audrey Smith in February 2016)
Patron: Frances, the Duchess of Rutland


CHAIRMAN OF MENPHYS  –  Martin Traynor O.B.E.

Martin has extensive experience in the leisure and hospitality sector, following a successful career in hotel management. After being elected to President of the Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce in 1999, Martin decided to change career and take up the role of Group Chief Executive of the Leicestershire Chamber (including CEO of Business Link, Leicestershire).

After leaving the Chamber in 2014 to set up his own consultancy business, Martin also took on a number of non-executive roles including Chairman of Menphys, Chairman of the King Richard lll Visitor Centre Trust, Chairman of The Forest Experience Ltd, and Deputy Chairman of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.


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.