Our staff

Tim Knight


Hello, I’m Tim.

I have worked in the environmental protection and green charity sectors for over 30 years.

Throughout my career I have seen first-hand the power of using local green and blue spaces to help vulnerable people and disadvantaged communities improve their life chances through recreation, education, training and employment opportunities.

During my time at the Environment Agency, Groundwork and Green Corridor I have raised significant funding and created a wide variety of projects and services including landscape conservation, healing gardens, horticultural therapy, plant sales and accredited horticultural and cooking courses.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “The true measure of any civilised society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members”. I’m therefore delighted to have the opportunity to work with trustees, staff, volunteers and local partners in supporting young people and adults with learning differences, in Basingstoke and beyond, to lead happier and healthier lives.

Working together, with our shared core values, we will amplify our member’s voices and deliver a wider range of impactful, high-quality services to ensure a more promising future for them, their families, carers and local communities.

Noeila Rico Cordero

Greenfingers manager

Hi, I’m Noelia.

I am a passionate and experienced senior care worker and team leader, supporting people with learning disabilities, autism, and other associated disorders such as epilepsy.

I favour a person-centered approach, developing plans to suit individual needs – I am proactive and positive, working in partnership to improve well-being and quality of life.

I graduated in Social Education from the National University of Education UNED with Mention Attention to People at Risk of Social Exclusion.

When not on site at Greenfingers, I love travelling to discover new places and cultures, running in the countryside and visiting the beach – even in winter! My other interests include watching animals and sea-life documentaries, history books and board games.

Debbie Chapman

leisure manager

Hi, I’m Debbie.

I love to help people and am always ready to have some fun!

I have been in support/care for over 18 years, during which I have been a support worker, carer and deputy manager. I have experience working with learning disability, the elderly, dementia and special educational needs.

My job is my passion and I love working with all of our service users.

My hobbies are riding my horse, country walks with my dog and spending time with my family.

Sandra Joslin

HR and support manager


I have been the HR and support manager for Basingstoke Mencap since 2012, having previously worked as a support worker and then as office manager / support co-ordinator within the organisation.

During the time I have worked for Basingstoke Mencap I have seen many changes in the way that adults with learning disabilities have been treated and how much has been achieved to make their lives as full and independent as possible both as an organisation and in society in general.

Mandy Poulter

One-to-one support assistant

Hi there, my name is Mandy Poulter.

I’ve been working as a support worker for Basingstoke Mencap for more than 15 years now. I absolutely love my job, it’s very rewarding helping my clients to gain confidence and independence and also to learn new skills to help them in everyday life.

I get to meet lots of lovely people and have made lots of friends over the years.

When I’m not working I enjoy socialising with my family and friends and going on holidays, especially on cruises. I have two daughters , a dog and two cats that keep me busy too. I feel very fortunate to be doing a job that I love doing.