Our Board


John Langan (Chairman)

I have very much enjoyed my association with Welmede over the past twenty years. We face a rapidly changing environment for people with learning disabilities. Those changes are gaining pace with ever more opportunities for individual tailoring of services to meet the needs of our clients and it is exciting to be involved with Welmede at the forefront of this activity.


Janet Coltman

As a parent of a son with a learning disability the care and support he and others receive is of paramount importance to me. Welmede tailors its services to suit the needs of the individual. It creates a happy, friendly environment that supports people to achieve their full potential.


Graham Worsfold

Over the years I have been pleased to see at first hand how well Welmede has provided good quality accommodation, a wide range of activities and holiday opportunities, and friendships for adults in Surrey, and I have appreciated the dedication of Welmede’s staff. Welmede is truly a 'good place to be'.


Richard Sanderson

Welmede is both well-managed and innovative with dedicated and caring staff. Its mission is to  provide people with learning disabilities the best quality of care and accommodation, suited to their individual needs, and a wide range of holiday and leisure activities. It has recently been through a period of far-reaching change and has successfully met the challenges produced by this. In my view, Welmede's board and senior managers form a strong and united team and I find the work of a board member both interesting and rewarding.


Maureen Young

I think that the emphasis on allowing all users of Welmede services to have a choice in how they live and what they do is the best thing we can do. It enables our users to develop their abilities and enjoy their lives more. I value the opportunity to share in this.


Stewart Nisbet

For the past 30+ years I have worked for Marks and Spencer in a variety of roles through our Stores and Head Office, in both the UK and Ireland. For the past 15 - 20 years I have worked within or closely aligned to the M&S Food Group. I have followed a varied career covering commercial and operational roles, most recently as Head of Food Operations. I was delighted to be invited onto the Board of Welmede and to offer my experience to support the Leadership Team in delivering excellence on behalf of all the people we support and those who work for Welmede.

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Steve James (Group Chief Executive Officer)

I have overall responsibility for all the organisation's activities and plans, ensuring that they deliver our vision and values.  This not only involves strategic delivery, but also making sure that it translates to the lives of individuals

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Jo Land

I'm responsible for making sure that we continually improve as an organisation and that we create the right environment to recruit, develop and retain the best employees in social care. I am also a trustee of Key Ring Supported Living Networks and Treasurer of the Charities HR Network (CHRN). 

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Alan Cogbill

I am an Avenues trustee and have joined Welmede's board to help draw our organisations together.  We aim to be better placed to go on delivering high quality services, focused on people's individual needs. I am hugely impressed by what I have seen of Welmede and hope I can use my varied Whitehall experience to help make it stronger