Who we are

Learning Disability England brings together people with learning disabilities, families, friends and professionals from all over the country. Learn about the people who make Learning Disability England:


Representative Body


Board of Trustees

Lifetime Members


Gary Bourlet 

Gary has been a self-advocate for over 30 years and is Co-Founder of Learning Disability England. Before this he founded People First England. Gary has a vast amount of experience in working with the media and has appeared on Channel 4 and in the Guardian. He is a civil rights campaigner and brought the People First movement to England.
Twitter: @LDEselfadvocate

Alicia Wood 

Alicia Wood is co -founder of Learning Disability England and formerly CEO of Housing and Support Alliance. She has been interim CEO for Learning Disability England and has stepped down to enable elected members to be spokespeople and leaders for LDE. She now works with Dimensions as Head of Public Affairs and in this role continues to support LDE build and maintain relationships across government and the housing and social care sector.
Twitter: @AliciaWood___