Board of trustees

The Learning Disability England board is made up of trustees/directors. The Board makes sure LDE does a good job. It is appointed by the Representative Body.

The board members are:

Karyn Kirkpatrick

Karyn is LDE’s Chairperson. she is also the Chief Executive of KeyRing Living Support Networks, a charity supporting vulnerable people, mainly those with learning disabilities, to live in their own homes as tenants or homeowners. She was also the Valuing People Now National Housing Lead at the Office of the National Director, Department of Health.

Eric Hardman

Eric is Secretary of LDE and Head of Housing and Asset Management at Dimensions UK. Eric also has responsibility for the provision of housing to people supported by Dimensions. His role also includes the management and maintenance of homes that are self-contained, shared housing, domiciliary care and residential care.

Sarah Maguire

Sarah is Chief Executive at Choice Support. Choice Support supports nearly 1,000 people with learning disabilities and other social care support needs. Sarah has worked with people with learning disabilities for almost 30 years. Her work began supporting people to move out of long stay institutions in the 1980’s. Sarah has been a training manager, an Operations Director and the Director of Quality and Safeguarding for Choice Support. Sarah is part of the steering committee for the Driving up Quality Alliance and a founder Board member of the Association of Quality Checkers.

Troy Jones

Troy is Commissioning Officer, Strategic Commissioning (Accommodation Solutions), Families and Social Care for Kent County Council. He develops commissioning strategies to ensure the effective delivery of accommodation-based services. He has over twenty years of experience in learning disability provision.

Helen Shields

Currently Business Manager for Bromford Support (the support arm of Bromford Housing Group) employing more than 500 people and supporting many different client groups.  During her 20 year career in supported housing Helen has mainly been involved in the development and management of housing schemes for people with Learning Disabilities, including shared ownership and a financial advocacy service for vulnerable people.  Helen also has wide experience of developing and managing Extra Care housing for the elderly.

Alison Rose- Quirie

Alison is currently CEO at Swanton Care and Community. Alison is also on the Board of Care England and the Housing and Support Alliance, and visiting Chair for the CQC.

Alison’s early career was as Prison Governor into Wandsworth prison, first operational female and youngest Governor of male prison on transfer to the independent sector.  MD of GSL (now G4S) prisons and immigration advising on international development projects.

Alison moved into the Secure Mental Health sector as MD for Priory and later Care UK.  Led the development of innovative rehabilitation services and a unique philosophy of care, always putting the service user at the very heart of the business.  Elected to Chair the Independent Mental Health Alliance (twice) and championed the cause of the sector and service users.  Involved in Parliamentary Groups, Ministerial Advisory Groups and co-authored, “The Pursuit of Happiness, a new ambition for our Mental Health services in 2014”.

Bernie Keenan

Bernie is an Executive Director at Progress Housing Group which, amongst other things, provides supported living accommodation for around 3,000 people with learning disabilities around the country. Bernie has around 30 years experience of working in general needs and supported housing and of providing advice and advocacy services for those in housing need.