Mencap chief executive Jo Williams to step down this autumn

Mencap chief executive Jo Williams has announced she will retire as head of the learning disability charity at the end of October after over five years in the job.

The former social services director and Association of Directors of Social Services president said she wanted to spend more time with her husband, Rob, and “change the pace of my life”.

She added: “It has been a wonderful period, enormously fulfilling and rewarding for me.  I am so proud of what we are achieving through our campaigns and our high quality services. Mencap is in good shape, but there is still a lot to do – fighting for inclusion and the human rights of people with a learning disability and providing every opportunity for each person to have real quality of life.”

Leaves “very healthy legacy”

Mencap chair Brian Baldock said: “Her effective leadership has led the organisation to higher standards of performance at all levels. She has served a life-time in the world of disability, and we have been very fortunate that some of that time has been spent with us. She will leave her successor a very healthy legacy.”

Mencap will start advertising for a new chief executive in April.

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