• Are you passionate about driving up quality within services for people with a learning disability?

  • Can you help providers meet the challenges of major change?

  • Can you operate at a national level?

    If so, you might be our next Chair.

As one of the largest umbrella bodies representing service providers in the learning disability sector, our vision is to be the first choice for:

  • Providers across all sectors including the public, voluntary and independent sectors, who want to improve how they support people who have a learning disability.
  • People who have a learning disability who want to be involved with improving outcomes and how their support is planned and run at a local and national level, just like our work with the National Involvement Network in Scotland.
  • The Statutory Sector: Governments, Local Authorities and Regulators who want the best opportunity to engage effectively with the local sector and improve relationships between themselves and providers.

The Association for Real Change exists to improve the quality of life for people who have a learning disability by supporting anyone who is involved in the planning or delivery of support and services.

Our work may also benefit people who have other support needs. We are committed to sharing our learning and experience across all sectors that may benefit.

We need an experienced Chair to help the Board of ARC deliver our new three year strategy. You will provide strategic support and vision to ARC’s members and stakeholders across the UK.

You will be proactive in leading a strong board with members from each of the four UK countries representing providers from across the public, voluntary and independent sectors.

Experience of Health and Social Care, ideally within the Learning Disability sector, is an advantage, but the capacity to understand the concerns of providers in promoting quality services and good practice is essential.

You will have significant leadership expertise at Board level, excellent chairing skills, a commitment to good governance and the capacity to relate to members, national officials and Ministers.

To find out more download the Information Pack and guidance letter:

To make an application for this role, please send your CV with a short supporting letter. Please look at the role description and include the attributes, skills and experience you would bring to the role. Your thoughts regarding the four statements made by some of the people supported by ARC Members, which you can find on page 8 of the Information Pack, would also be helpful.

Send your application to our Office Manager, Vicky Shirley, via email, at

Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications is 29th November 2013 and that the interviews will be taking place on 21st January 2014 at our Central Office in England.