Association for Real Change’s Board of Trustees
Phil Morris, Havencare (South West) Ltd, ARC UK Chair
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.
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.
Jenny Patterson, Breakthrough, Scotland Chair
Jenny joined young persons’ mentoring charity Breakthrough as CEO in March 2018 having previously been the director of the National Autistic Society Scotland. Originally from Co. Antrim in Northern Ireland, Jenny moved to Scotland 25 years ago to study sociology and social policy at Stirling University. She has worked in the third sector for 20 years and has held senior leadership roles in some of the largest social care charities in Scotland and is an experienced trustee. Jenny is passionate about social change and committed to playing her part in creating a better, fairer society for everyone.
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 joined the ARC UK Board because he is highly motivated by ARC’s vision to support innovation across the UK.
Jane Other, William Blake House,
Jane Other is Chief Executive of William Blake House which comprises of a portfolio of residential care homes for adults with complex learning disabilities. This registered charity was first established in 2000 and I joined in 2004, progressing to CEO in 2008. The organisation attracts residents from across the UK, currently liaising with over 15 local authorities. As well as providing residential care, a wide range of life-affirming activities are available to our residents. We attract volunteers from across the world in support of our work. I am an advocate of ‘Heart Leadership’ and we ascribe to the ethos and principles of Rudolf Steiner, with organic nutrition and healthy activities.
Large parts of my career were spent within the NHS and Social Services learning about the core challenges of ‘frontline’ engagement with the wider public and the effort of many good people to make a real difference to the lives of others. I also spent time in the commercial sector as a Business Enabler, to advise and support with the challenges faced by business ‘start-ups’ and the factors that determine success or failure. I learned that accurate management information is a key ingredient to success, combined with the right people doing the right things. ‘Leaders’ can only make effective decisions when all the information and resources are known in advance of initiating actions. A corporate mission must be shared and communicated regularly so that staff teams can work towards the intended outcome.
Lynn Longland, Autism at Kingwood,
Lynn is Head of Human Resources and joined Autism at Kingwood in 2008, a charity that provides a specialist Autism service, enabling the people supported to live independently, working towards the goals and outcomes they desire in life. Understanding the complexities and challenges they face while helping them to make life choices by being innovative and forward thinking within the field of Autism.
Lynn is the HR lead for the organisation, and is determined to ensure the organisation keeps its excellent reputation in the Autism field; maintains staff motivation and demonstrates to the workforce their role is valued. She also maintains that the sector should deal with bad practise where necessary and coach managers in the process. She firmly believes the best resource the care sector has to deliver quality care is the staff and how well they do their job therefore, takes pride in being a supportive, assisting with resilience and being a directive employer embedding the values through the management team.
She actively contributes to Board, HR Sub Committee and additional strategic planning meetings, where forward thinking and having the ability to be innovative is essential.
Lynn joined the ARC board in 2019 as she feels it is an organisation with the same ethos and values as Autism at Kingwood, where expertise can be shared and collaboration can only assist in influencing the wider agenda for people with disabilitie
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