Meet the Trustees

Meet the Team

We are a small friendly team of trustees working in Bath Mencap. Read more about us below!

Caroline White

Caroline White (Chairman)

Caroline lives in Bath with her husband and three children. Caroline’s eldest son, Seb, has Down’s syndrome. At 9 years old he leads a very full life pursuing his hobbies and interests and has access to many things through his school, family and other services.

Caroline is very aware though that access to do the things you want to do becomes increasingly difficult once you have left the school system and family unit. She is really passionate about creating opportunities and support to allow adults with learning difficulties to lead the full and rewarding lives they deserve, as independently as possible, and that is why she wanted to become a trustee of Bath Mencap.

In her spare time, Caroline writes a blog to support new parents facing a diagnosis of Downs syndrome, and is a published author who can often be found running along the two tunnels cycle path! ​

Dr Bernard Whiteside, mencap chairman

Dr Bernard Whiteside 

Bernard is a practising GP and has been chairman of Bath Mencap since 2011. He was a trustee of the Sophie Cameron Trust and Governor of a Bristol based junior school, Hanham Abbots.

Bernard has worked with South Gloucestershire CCG as Governance lead for a number of years and was senior partner with Hanham Health until 2010. It was during his work as a GP that he became involved in the care of those with learning disabilities an interest that has stayed with him.

Bernard also enjoys local sport and is often seen at the Rec cheering on Bath.

David Matthews

David joined the Board of Trustees, of Bath Mencap, in October 2014, bringing with him a considerable amount of experience of working with charitable organisations, including the MS Society, where he chaired the Bath and Bristol Branches at various times, and Sported UK, where he mentored sporting groups across the South West, using sport to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people.

With a background in public service, at a senior level, including the Royal Air Force, Civil Service and, later, the private medical sector, David is committed to the task of helping to develop Bath Mencap into one of the leading, local providers of services to people with a learning disability, and those with associated neurological conditions.

His leisure interests are in travelling, walking and cycling, and he adapted these skills to his voluntary work with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme over a period of almost 25 years.


Frances Webb

Frances has worked with adults with Learning Disabilities for over eighteen years. Her current role, with Shared Lives focuses on providing support within a family home as part of the local community.

Frances is passionate about inclusion and equality, promoting meaningful engagement and self directed support. Frances is confident that Bath Mencap can contribute to creating opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to lead fulfilling lives.

Dr Pawan Rajpal

Dr Pawan Rajpal

Pawan is a consultant Psychiatrist who has worked in BANES are for a decade with people with learning disabilities working alongside with Complex heath needs service, helping adults who have Neurodevelopmental issues, intellectual disability, autism, mental illness, challenging behaviour, aggression, and forensic involvement. He is now working with special needs schools.

He is passionate about his work and has received recognition by the Mayor of Bristol for his entrepreneurial efforts in the city. by setting up mental health services for children who are stuck on waiting lists.

He joined the team to continue working and supporting families with learning disabilities and other neurodevelopmental issues.