Who’s who at Association for Real Change?

Quick Links to Departments:

Association for Real Change

 Máire Gallagher, Managing Director

ARC Scotland

James Fletcher, Director

Click here for details of the Scotland Team

ARC Northern Ireland

Director, Leslie-Anne Newton

Click here for details of the Northern Ireland Team

ARC England

Lisa Lenton, Director

Central Office (based in England)

Martin Anderson, Finance Manager

Works from the Central Office in Chesterfield as the Finance Manager dealing with all aspects of finance for the whole of ARC UK as well as Human Resources for the company.

Vicky Shirley, Operations and Governance Co-ordinator

Vicky is responsible for the general running of Central Office, based in England, and is the PA to the England Director, Lisa Lenton. Vicky plans the member network meetings and events along with her colleagues. Vicky also carries out the administration for the Board of ARC UK including being the PA to the ARC UK Managing Director, Máire Gallagher.


Association for Real Change England

Lisa Lenton, ARC England Director

Lisa was appointed as the ARC England Director in May 2015. Lisa originally joined ARC as the Learning & Development Manager in August 2014 before her appointment as Director.

Immediately prior to coming to work for ARC Lisa was based in Australia and her work there included managing government programmes to enable people with disabilities to secure work. In the UK Lisa has been a training manager for a Banking Group and a senior development officer for Nottinghamshire County Council’s Ready4work Team.

She was originally employed to deliver an ESF project for people with moderate to severe learning disabilities to gain work experience, once this was successfully completed she was appointed onto a permanent contract where she was responsible for managing DWP contracts and supporting individuals with disabilities into employment.  In the few months that Lisa has already been with us she has met with a lot of members and I know she is keen to meet up with everyone else.

Esther Oddy, Membership and Services Officer

Esther is the Membership and Services Officer and produces the e-newsletter Real People for members, maintaining and updating the ARC website and planning network meetings and other events. Esther’s role includes liaising with and supporting ARC members, and helping them to collaborate effectively.

Emma Kerry, Administration Assistant (Media and Communications)

Emma assists with all aspects of media and communications including the updating and monitoring of social media, maintaining and updating the ARC website as well as producing the Training Calendar detailing the workshops available from ARC and it’s associated administration.

Lisa White, Administration Assistant

I have been at ARC now for over 20 years. I do different tasks, people write what tasks they need doing in my book. I sort the post, test the fire alarms and emergency lighting and keep records of when these tests have been carried out.  I shred confidential documents,  photocopy, and scan documents.   I also use the computer and search the internet for various information related to my job.

England Learning and Development Team

Gill Shaw, Qualifications Centre Manager

My role includes that of Quality Assurance Co-ordinator for the ARC Training Services Qualifications Centre. This involves ensuring that we have robust systems, policies and procedures in place, to comply with regulatory and Awarding Organisation requirements to deliver accredited qualifications, and that these are monitored regularly, to ensure that our learners receive fairness and equality of access to assessment. I try to give the best support I can to all the Development Officers, Internal Verifiers, Assessors and Candidates within our schemes. I also assess and internally verify the qualifications, usually for the Leadership & Management in HSC, the Learning & Development (Education) and Advocacy qualifications.

I also help to write some of the distance learning packages and workbooks produced by ARC as well as planning and delivering bespoke training.

I am a registered nurse for people with learning disabilities and a qualified teacher. I have cared for and supported both children and adults with learning disabilities before taking up a learning and development role, where my responsibilities broadened to include all health and social care professionals, both within and outside the Derbyshire County Primary Care Trust. I have worked at ARC for a number of years and have got to know many new and wonderful people.

Margaret Webster, Learning & Development Co-ordinator

I joined ARC in April 2008 as the Training Consortiums NVQ Registrar.  My role now includes overseeing the Workforce Development Funding (WDF) and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) administration; implementing new processes and supporting my colleagues Anne & Marion.  My main focus is the qualifications that ARC offers; candidate registrations, claiming units and qualifications, issuing certificates, candidate records and archiving, together with a varied range of administration processes which keeps the department ticking!

Before I joined ARC I worked for several months with a training department at a local NHS community hospital where I gained my knowledge of NVQ administration.  My working background is primarily secretarial and personal assistant, followed by 3 years as a marketing assistant with a large ceramics company in Stoke-on-Trent before my move to Chesterfield.

Anne Rawson, Learning & Development Senior Administrator

My work within the Learning and Development Team is primarily focused on the Disclosure Service for the online DBS and AccessNI checks and the paper-based Disclosure Scotland checks. I also work on the Workforce Development Funding Partnership administration, processing claims and assisting with payments.

Marion Clulow, Learning & Development Administrator

I joined the ARC WDF team as a part-time Administration Officer in January 2014. Currently, my primary role is to administer Workforce Development Funding (WDF) as part of a small team at ARC. In addition, I help to administer some of the electronic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

My background is in Health and Social Care, as a Support Worker and manager with a mental health charity for many years, and also as Personal Assistant.


Rod Landman,  Helping Each Other Project Officer

Rod is based in Devon and is our champion for Mate Crime, a type of Hate Crime where people purporting to be friends take advantage of people with a learning disability, which was part of the Safety Net project. He is also our champion of the Helping Each Other project which supported a small number of young people with learning disabilities, who have experienced sexual exploitation, to develop their skills as trainers to go on and deliver awareness. Rod also carries out training courses on our behalf for MCA and DoLS, Supporting Medication as well as Mate Crime and Sexual Exploitation of people with a learning disability awareness workshops.