ARC England has brought together 5 key supporters to work closely with us. They help shape our work and develop creative ideas to ensure we remain relevant and impactful. They are all leading colleagues from ARC member organisations and we are proud to announce them as ARC England ‘Champions’. They also form part of our Ideas Forum and uphold the values, mission and strategic aims of ARC England and represent us as part of our virtual team. Our Champions are the following individuals:
Kate has been CEO at specialist autism charity, Kingwood Trust since May 2015 and has worked for Kingwood since 2009. Prior to that, Kate worked in social care for 13 years, and before that had a career in computing and IT,, as well as having achieved a MSc in Health & Social Care. Kate has held management positions for more than 20 years and has also been an ARC Trustee for over 5 years. Kate was appointed ARC England Chair in September 2016 and is an invaluable colleague and leader of our Board, always taking the time to offer advice and guidance to the ARC team, as well as other ARC member organisations.
Kate works closely with her team at Head Office on how to make sure Kingwood provide really good support for people with autism. Kate describes herself as a friendly, helpful and happy person who enjoys being with other people, as well as being on her own. Kate is married, has two ginger cats and enjoys riding a motorcycle.
Phil is the Chief Executive of Havencare (South West) Limited; a charity that has supported people with learning disabilities and autism for 30 years. Havencare’s services across Devon and Cornwall include community-based supported living, enabling support, transition to adulthood and 3 residential homes. Phil champions outcomes-focused support and is passionate about people with learning disabilities having a real voice in the development of their networks of support, ultimately choosing and improving their own services (regardless of perceived ‘capacity’). He fundamentally believes that if you have an unwavering values-base of transparency, quality and engagement – you will treat people like they make a difference, then they will! Phil has 8 years’ experience in third sector executive management, including Operations Executive for Plymouth YMCA. He enjoys thinking creatively about systems leadership, developing inspiring visions for positive change and leading deep-rooted cultural transformations.
Jane Other is Chief Executive at William Blake House, a residential care provider for people with severe learning disabilities, established for 16 years.
William Blake House provides a permanent home for young individuals, and follows the principles of Rudolf Steiner. Their small group homes are able to offer a personalised package of support and holistic care. William Blake House works by focusing on the individual and their needs. The work is person centered. Residents are encouraged to lead their life and take part in daily activities including, gardening, singing, supported work placements, walks in the local area, arts and crafts, rock climbing, sailing, visits to the local spa for swimming, llama trekking and horse riding. Jane is passionate about the residents and the staff, believing that taking a person centered approach is for everyone, it’s essential to take time to match carers in this way enabling the work or activity with an individual to flow – Jane has worked for 25 years with the NHS and Social Services as part of Multi-Disciplinary Teams for people with Learning Disabilities and continues to support Northampton General Hospital as Patient Lead in the Quality Improvement Team.
Adam has worked in housing associations, local government, the voluntary sector and the private sector for the last 29 years.
Adam was Operations Director (South) for Lifeways for three years from 2012 to 2015, having overall responsibility for delivering high quality, person centred services across Southern England. In February 2015 he took up the role of Project Director.
Adam’s career began when he graduated in 1987 and got valuable front-line experience working as a Night Worker in a service for ex-offenders. His next career move was to Stonham HA, where he worked in a wide range of jobs ranging from operational management through to policy development.
Adam later worked in local government, moving to East Sussex County Council as Head of Performance Management in Social Services in 2003. He joined learning disability charity, United Response in 2005 as Director of the South East Division and remained there until 2009. From 2009 until 2012, Adam was Turning Point’s Director of Learning Disability Services.
Carol has worked with people with autism and their families for over 35 years, working in the voluntary and local authority sectors.
Carol joined the National Autistic Society in 2001, and in 2010, she was appointed as the Director of the Centre for Autism. The aim of the centre is to promote innovation, excellence and understanding across the autism sector and to provide a hub for greater collaboration both UK wide and internationally. Carol is responsible for the NAS’s diagnostic services, research, training, accreditation, knowledge and expertise and quality assurance.
Carol is the chair of the editorial board of the NAS’ professional conference. She has contributed to a number of publications, and has trained and presented at conferences nationally and internationally. She is the UK representative of Autism Europe, and chaired the scientific committee of the XI Autism-Europe International Congress.