Leslie-Ann Newton

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Leslie-Anne Newton, our new NI Director.

Following a rigorous assessment process Leslie-Anne was selected and came into post on 27 May 2014.

Leslie-Anne has brought with her a strategic focus, joining us at a time of much activity including:

  • re-establishing our member engagement
  • reinvigorating our training offer
  • developing policy and representation functions

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.

Target driven, Leslie-Anne thrives on accountability as a Manager, and is already working with the team to improve our understanding of our Members’ needs, identifying opportunities where we can collectively seek to challenge wider systemic change for people with a learning disability and the organisations that support them.

As a former advocacy worker, Leslie-Anne has supported a range of people to challenge poor practice and to ensure that individual rights are protected and promoted.

Leslie-Anne is committed to supporting the sector to remove barriers relating to employment, education, housing, access to information and lifelong learning for children and adults with disabilities, telling the ARC NI team at her first meeting,

“Our focus must be on demanding equality, based on the principles of basic human rights set out in ARC’s Strategy. Helping our members deliver quality support, specifically as part of person-centred thinking, enabling and promoting choice is a vital part of what we do”.

Leslie-Anne is very clear about ARC NI’s role:

“Our job is to support our members to continuously strive for improvements, provide support information and training that helps staff develop, create opportunities for members to connect with each other and share what works, ensuring we work together to articulate a clear voice that influences policy and practice improvements across the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors – I’m pleased to be joining ARC NI at such an exciting time!”

We’re pleased, too – glad you’re here, Leslie-Anne!

Jaqueline Bell,ARC UK CEO
Agnes Lunny, CEO Positive Futures