James is CEO of two local Company’s, Classic & Sportscar Ltd and Malton Coachworks. Having achieved a BA (Hons) degree in Business Management, James was running C&SC at 24 years of age and has lead a growth strategy that has seen sales of over £30M worldwide in the past six years and a new company start up in Malton Coachworks in 2014 who now employ 25 staff over three departments.
James is dedicated to growing Ryedale & District Mencap to improve the range and scope of services it provides whilst safeguarding its long-term future and raising local awareness. As a local businessman, he feels his, energy, skills and enthusiasm are ideally suited to strengthening the foundations of this well-established charity.
James’s elder sister, Victoria, has the most common type of Down’s syndrome – Trisomy 21. James believes Ryedale and District Mencap is a vital part of its service users’ life and health. Whether it be a Zumba class or Disco night, these activities play an important role in improving the wellbeing of its users and has experienced it first hand through Victoria.
Derek has been involved with Ryedale Mencap for almost 25 years. He is a retired Lecturer in Finance, previously at the University of Hull, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
Derek got involved as a Trustee of Ryedale & District Mencap when the previous Treasurer retired, mainly through his wife (Eileen Searle) who was then a Trustee. But before that he had helped as a volunteer at collections and as a Marshal for the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride.
Through Derek’s efforts as treasurer, he believes the Charity is built on a sound financial basis for the future.
Josey is the Activities Coordinator for Ryedale and District Mencap. She began working with us in February 2018 and quickly settled in and is enjoying the job.
Josey is a mother of 3 with four dogs and 16 hens. Her interests are cookery and country walks. Her work as coordinator covers all aspects of Mencap local so please feel free to contact her about anything relating to Ryedale and District Mencap and she will do her best to help you.
In 1992, Eileen was employed by Ryedale Mencap as Project Worker. She was attracted to the role by “an energetic and enthusiastic group”. In 1998 she became a Trustee and volunteer, continuing with the sales of Mencap Christmas cards and helping with other fundraising.
Eileen’s broad experience includes teaching Basic Skills and ESOL in evening classes, working abroad with a group of young people with learning difficulties and in her career, she carried out legal work in Local Government.
Classic & Sportscar Centre of Malton were keen to get involved with Ryedale Mencap as their core values are something close to their hearts. CEO James Szkiler has a sister, Victoria Szkiler who has Downs Syndrome who regularly attends Ryedale Mencap events.
Both James and Andrew (James’s right-hand man) have dedicated time and expertise to enable Ryedale Mencap to launch their website and continue to assist to keep it up-to-date. If you have any feedback or questions about the website, Andrew would love to hear from you.