Meet The Team

Ms Anita Bennett

Honorary Chair

Anita trained as a therapist in Boston’s first residential special school, before moving to University College London.

She set up Amnesty  International’s first PR and fundraising campaign.

Anita, a single mother of three, has advocated for special schooling at Campbell for her daughter Isabel, with Down Syndrome.

She became the Chair of Rescare in 2012 and since then has represented Rescare in the media, at various national conferences.

Mrs Helen Wilman


“I have been impressed by the amount of knowledge and passion held by other trustees and staff and look forward to learning more about the valuable work Rescare does and contributing to it”

Mr Jim Howell


Jim was brought up in Wythenshawe and studied languages at Manchester University, spending a couple of years wandering round France, Germany and Romania, before getting married and taking a job with an international trade finance bank.

After much travel Jim now lives in Stockport and first came in to contact with Rescare when he ran a small business to develop websites for small business and charities. Jim is now treasurer for Rescare.

Dr Catherine Booth

Office Operations

I joined as a Trustee in November 2018 and have been happy to be helping others in my turn. We are a great team.

I am a Doctor of Nursing and find that my substantial research background together with experience of working with some of the major health charities has been very helpful especially during our period of restructuring.”

Mrs Julie Abbott

Advisor Public Profile

“Rescare is a unique charity, focusing on supporting families of learning disabled people to navigate their options for residential education and campaigning for high quality residential care. The knowledge of Rescare’s team gained over nearly 40 years is invaluable to families, especially through our helpline and befriending services. I’m delighted to be a part of this respected charity”

Mrs Valerie Davison


Valerie worked for Rescare for 20 years at the head office in Stockport. She is now a valued member of our board of trustees who supports in the direction and vision of the charity.

Valerie hold holds honourable membership with her great expertise

Ms Eileen Bailey


Eileen based in Stockport, joined Rescare in 2003 as a family member.  She received ongoing support from Rescare during her own experiences with social services. Rescare listened to her, gave her reassurance, and assisted in key meetings, a real lifeline in her opinion.  Eileen then decided to become a trustee on the Board so that she can give back and encourage more families in similar situations.

Mr Michael Joireman


Mike grew up over the mountains from Seattle in the USA, but settled here in England after marrying a young lady native to the Stockport area, where he settled and has been raising a family for over 25 years now.

With a long career managing IT and Operational services across some large multi-national organisations, Mike has semi-retired and spends his days supporting charities and church based organisations to use his talents and experience to help touch the lives of those in need across the UK. Mike is a father to a child with Autism and has recently joined Rescare as a Trustee to try to help with the fundraising and administrative services provided across the organisation.

Ms Nicola Zielinski

Project & Public Engagement Officer

Nicola is from Newcastle upon Tyne, and has worked for most of her career in the field of disability supporting people within their education and employment aspirations here in the UK as well as New Zealand.

Based remotely Nicola is responsible for managing Rescare’s befriending project and supports the charity with their public engagement across the UK.

Mr James Reid

Information and Helpline Co-ordinator

James has an extensive background in IT and after taking early retirement in 2006 he decide his work was not quite done therefore he joined the Rescare shortly afterwards in 2007.

James has first hand experience being a father of a son with Asperges syndrome and this means he relates well to the struggles and pressure which families face when people contact the Rescare helpline. James believes “Rescare listen, understand and encourage a light at the end of the tunnel for families”.

Outside of work James enjoys travel, languages and he is currently learning German in his spare time.