Who We Are

Menphys Limited is a company limited by guarantee and governed by its Memorandum of Articles and Association. It is a charity registered with the Charity Commission. It exists to provide support and services for children and young people aged 0-25 with disabilities, complex health needs and special educational needs and to support their families and carers. The services are provided throughout the County of Leicestershire and the City of Leicester.


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, Mrs. Lopa Shah, 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.


Jenny studied as an NNEB at Southfields College in Leicester. She has worked in various types of childcare provisions, including playgroups, crèches and summer schemes. She was also a childminder and has experience in detached youth work. Jenny started working for Menphys in July 1992 as a Field Worker and then progressed to Area Manager when we opened a new office in Melton. In June 2014 following, a restructure within the service she moved from the position of Deputy Manager to that of Service Manager.


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.


Alison trained as a nurse originally specialising in young adults with physical disabilities and progressed to work at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People gaining experience of a wide range of complex needs including life-limiting conditions. She also has personal experience of caring for a family member with complex needs. Alison joined Menphys in 2014 as the Parent Participation coordinator then became the Specialist Summer Play scheme and Activity Coordinator in 2015 followed by Independence and Inclusion Team Leader in September 2016.

Quality assurance

This is achieved through internal monitoring and evaluation PQASSO (Practical Quality Assurance System for Small Organisations) PQASSO is a quality standard developed for the voluntary sector, by the sector. We also involve parent-carers, children and young people through on line accessible evaluation forms. We measure our progress against targets set by the Commissioning Authorities.