Association for Real Change Board of Trustees
|UK Chair: Peter Jung,
Turning Point Scotland
|Peter is an Operations Manager for Turning Point Scotland and has worked at a senior level for more than twenty years, managing and developing services for people with learning disabilities in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. Peter is a qualified nurse both in learning disability and mental health and has a keen interest in improving support for people with learning disabilities who are in prison or who have a forensic history.|
|Chair Northern Ireland:
Agnes Lunny, Positive Futures
|My experience in the Voluntary Sector began in 1989 when I moved to a management position, working with people with a learning disability in Barnardos. I researched and co-founded a registered Charity for people with a learning disability, United Response Northern Ireland (now Positive Futures). I have been Chief Executive there since 1995. My services to people with a learning disability were recognised when I was honoured to receive an OBE in 2006.|
|Chair England: Kate Allen,
|Kate Allen is Chief Executive of The Kingwood Trust; a charity providing services for adults with Autism. She is an individual with a natural flair for managing and motivating people; a person used to taking responsibility and making important decisions at a high level. Kate changed the direction of her career in 2002 leaving a senior management position in Information Technology in the private sector to pursue a career in Social Care and has recently completed a MSc in Health & Social Care. She joined Kingwood in 2009 where she worked alongside the CEO to ensure that not only are quality services provided to the people Kingwood supports but that the organisation pioneers best practice in autism, before being promoted to Chief Executive in 2015.|
|Chair Cymru: Chris Bennett,
|Currently, I am CEO of Perthyn where my main areas of expertise are in strategic planning and management, I also have an in depth knowledge of provider issues. This is fuelled by a close working relationship with other providers across Wales and England and an interest in Employment law, TUPE related issues and social care law. I also work closely with the Welsh Assembly Government in developing and shaping different aspects of policy relating to Learning Disability Services, which gives me an insight into the different aspects of policy development. Previous roles I have held in project management and commissioning, and planning through the closure of Ely Hospital, gave me further understanding of commissioners, their legal obligations, expectations and how they operate.|
|Chair ARC Scotland: Graeme Fitzsimmons, Cornerstone||Graeme Fitzsimmons, Operational Manager for Perth and Kinross and Dundee and Angus at Cornerstone, has worked in the social care sector for more than 15 years, across seven local authority areas. The work, aims and objectives of ARC Scotland resonate with his own belief that supported people should have real and meaningful involvement, not just in their own care, but in how services in the Health and Social Care sector are delivered.|
|Honorary Treasurer: Gary Bye, Life Path Trust||Gary Bye has worked in organisations supporting people with learning disabilities since 1983. In the year 2000 Gary began working for Life Path Trust, transforming it from an organisation providing care homes to one that puts people with a learning disability at the centre. Life Path Trust is now providing support to people in their own homes to help live an independent life.|
|Gary Thompson, Autism Care UK
||Autism Care UK supports over 230 people with highly complex needs and I have been Operations Director for almost 6 years. I believe good leadership begins with openness, accountability and especially ambition. Ambition for the vital role of adult social care, for our staff teams and services, but most especially for the people we support. I think that this is what will see us through these challenging times. My own approach is to combine an attention to detail (about the lives of people we all support and the issues that are important to them) with strategic knowledge and a bit of plain speaking! These are things that I can bring to the ARC board and wider, vitally important voice that the association has.
People say that I am decisive and supportive as a boss and colleague. I am good at taking a long view and knowing where we need to be as a care organisation both now and in the future. I hope that people admire me for my honesty, transparency and integrity. These things are very important to me personally and professionally.