Association for Real Change’s Board of Trustees
Peter Jung, Turning Point, Chair ARC UK
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.
Agnes Lunny, Positive Futures, Chair Northern Ireland
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.
Chris Bennett, Perthyn, Chair Wales
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 fueled 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.
Graeme Fitzsimmons, Cornerstone, Chair Scotland,
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.
Kate Allen, Kingwood Trust, Chair England,
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.
Gary Bye, Life Path Trust, Treasurer
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 is now providing support to people in their own homes to help live an independent life.
Gary Thompson, Autism Care UK,
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.
Gary is a Managing Director for Lifeways.
John Crawford, Yarrow,
John is the CEO of Yarrow, a London based not for profit organisation which supports people with learning disabilities to use their personal budgets to achieve their life ambitions. John has been working for people with learning disabilities for the last 30 years and has worked in a wide range of organisations. John is passionate about ensuring that people with learning disabilities have great homes and access to employment and quality lifestyles. He has worked at a senior level for the last twenty years and has developed a wide range of innovative services including: social enterprises, employment projects and housing services for adults with complex autism. John jointed the ARC UK Board because he is highly motivated by ARC’s vision to support innovation across the UK.
Phil Morris, Havencare (South West) Ltd,
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 & Cornwall includes 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.
Anthea Sully, Real Life Options,
Anthea has worked with people with learning disabilities in community education, performing arts and social care for many years. She is currently Head of Business Development and Communications for Real Life Options. Before joining Real Life Options Anthea was the director of the Learning Disability Coalition. A former Peterborough Councillor, Anthea was also a non executive director of her local mental health NHS trust. Campaign work has included Make Poverty History, challenging political extremism as well as ‘Protect the Frontline’ for the Learning Disability Coalition. Anthea was a member of the external reference group for the Dilnot commission. Her qualifications include masters degrees in applied theatre and international human rights law and her research interests include the impact of international human rights law on social care. Anthea is the founder of Goldhay Arts, an innovative day service for people with learning disabilities in Peterborough.