Chair of Trustees: Laura Gill
The Monday Night Club was founded in 2011 by Laura Gill (who has a learning disability and autism herself) so that she could meet her friends and have some fun. She believes that people with learning disabilities should be recognised for their individual talents and given the respect they deserve. She has spoken up for, and on behalf of, people with learning disabilities all her adult life. She chaired Worcestershire People’s Parliament for six years, has been Co-Chair of Worcestershire County Council’s Learning Disabilities Partnership Board and Co-Chair of the Trustees of the self-advocacy charity, Speakeasy NOW. She works as a Quality Checker, interviewing people in supported living about the quality of their support.
Richard Kenyon has been a volunteer and trustee with The Monday Night Club for the last 5 years. He started as a volunteer helping to run the disco and entertainment at the club every Monday night and in 2018 became a trustee and Treasurer for the club. Richard is an IT specialist.
“The work The Monday Night Club does is so important for its members – offering them a safe, diverse and fun place to meet up, socialise, learn and enjoy themselves. I am proud to be part of it and can’t wait to return to regular volunteering once my daughter has grown up a little bit more!”
Max has known The Monday Night Club since it first set up in 2011. Having worked on many projects with The Monday Night Club since its inception, including the first ever world-famous ‘The Monday Night Club’s Got Talent’!
Max finally joined the MNC board in 2018. With over a decade of working in the charitable sector and over a million pounds raised for charitable causes, Max is a Director at local arts charity C&T and is studying a PHD at Warwick University.
Hannah Phillips is a performance maker, academic and activist. She is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Writing at Newman University. Whilst Director at Worcester Arts Workshop, Hannah met The Monday Night Club and Monday nights quickly became her favourite night of the week. Hannah is passionate about inclusion, diversity and access. “Being a part of The MNC is a learning, humbling and above all an extremely enjoyable experience. The energy, personalities and talents of these young adults is utterly inspiring!”
Rachel started as a volunteer with The Monday Night Club early in 2020, because she wanted to do what she loved as a volunteer instead of a job. Rachel has worked with young adults and teenagers who have lived in care, or have learning disabilities, for most of her life. She is passionate about building trusting relationships and safe spaces to enable people to try new experiences and just be themselves. The MNC seemed to offer just that, she become a trustee to support the charity as best she can. “I really like that the club is led by its members and hope to be a part of the charity as it continues to grow.”
Rachel enjoys nature and wildlife, cooking, and any type of water sport.
Steve retired recently after a long career in business, working mainly in the retail sector, serving as a Director in ten different companies over the last 30 years. During this time, he gained an expertise in developing strategy and financial management. He uses his skills to assist The Monday Night Club to grow and become even more successful in promoting social inclusion for young people with learning disabilities and autism in Worcestershire.
Steve moved to Worcestershire in 2003 and lives in the lovely village of Leigh with his wife Louise. Here they met Laura Gill, also from Leigh. Steve has two children from his first marriage – Rebecca, who has two daughters of her own, and James. Both work in the City of London.
After graduating top of his year in Law at the University of Exeter, Ashanti has returned to his hometown, Worcester, to pursue a career in commercial law. Since then, Ashanti has worked and volunteered with a number of disability organisations, including MacIntyre, Fort Royal Special School and C&T. As a keen sportsman, and once a committee member of BAME Football and the Weightlifting Society at Exeter, Ashanti brings his passion for sport and commercial legal practice to the board of The Monday Night Club.
Alison Rankin Frost
Alison is an experienced Trustee and non-executive director with experience in sport, education, business and technology. She is a marketing and communications professional and holds CIPR chartered status. Currently she is a Governor at the London School of Economics and on the boards of JDX Consulting, Rungway, British Showjumping and Crocus Fields property. She was, until recently, a Patron of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Professionally she focuses on organisation culture, reputational risk, inclusion, behavioural insights and stakeholder relationships. She helped Helen and Laura to organise the MNC trip to London for the film premier of The Monday Night Club Has Got Talent at the Shaw Theatre.