Leslie-Anne Newton, Director
Leslie-Anne has worked predominantly in the voluntary sector, collaborating with the statutory and corporate sectors and engaging with Government Departments across Education, Health and Social Services. Before joining ARC NI she held the post of Head of Programmes, NI, for Save the Children. Leslie-Anne is committed to partnership working and we’re looking forward to supporting her positive approach to quality participation, supporting the sector to ensure that people really can influence decisions that affect their lives.
Stephen Walker, PA to NI Director
Stephen has been a Personal Assistant since 1993 where he provided secretarial support to the Chief Executive of The Care Sector Consultancy (CSC). In 1999, ARC UK awarded a contract to CSC to establish if there was a need for a branch of its organisation in Northern Ireland. As ARC NI’s membership grew through the consultancy support of CSC so did Stephen’s role and responsibilities and in 2005 he was appointed PA to the ARC NI Director. Stephen currently oversees all aspects of administration for the Northern Ireland office including organising meetings and events, maintaining the ARC website and producing the e-newsletter and bulletins.
Louise Hughes, Training Co-ordinator
Louise is responsible for the development of good quality practice through the co-ordination and facilitation of ARC’s training and consultancy. Louise previously led the ‘Lost for Words’ Project and is currently coordinating the Getting Started Project, a pre recruitment-training programme encouraging people to consider working in the social care sector.
Louise has worked for over twenty five years with children and adults who have severe learning disabilities and or serious mental health issues; this has been predominately in the area of education and training. She was inspired to work in this area by her younger brother, Wayne, who had severe learning disabilities and sadly died at the age of 25. Louise feels that being Wayne’s sister has given her personal insight and empathy from a family’s point of view. Louise is committed to helping ensure that people with a learning disability are supported to lead a full and valued life.
Jude Pollock, Optio Project Co-ordinator
Jude is the newest member to the ARC NI Team and oversees the Optio Project.
Jude manages and delivers Optio. Jude has worked and volunteered in the third sector for over eight years, and relishes the privilege of working with people, old and young, from diverse backgrounds. She started out studying law in Scotland and after graduating returned to Northern Ireland, and worked in the marketing department for a local charity delivering awareness raising campaigns. Jude then moved into youth and community work and gained a post-graduate in development management. Jude is passionate and committed to working with and for people, in particular those who are vulnerable or struggle to find their own voice and space in the world.
ARC UK has a Strategic Leadership Team lead by Máire Gallagher, Managing Director and consists of: