Representative body

The Representative Body is a group of Learning Disability England members who are elected to steer Learning Disability England.

They represent Learning Disability England members and act on their behalf, making important decisions about Learning Disability England says and does.

The Representative Body is an even split between self-advocates, families and friends, and organisations.

An illustration of the three groups that make up Learning Disability England

The members of the Representative Body make sure that Learning Disability England stays true to its values and is always working towards its goals. Any member can put themselves forward to be on the Representative Body, and all members can vote.

Voting in the 2020 Representative Body elections is now closed.

The new Representative Body members you have elected will officially join the Representative Body on 16 July 2020.

Our thanks go to Vicky Buckingham and Lorna Ely who will be standing down on this date.

The member profiles below will be updated during w/c 6 July 2020 to tell you more about the new members you have chosen to represent you. 

The Representative Body is made up of 12 elected representatives:

Our Representative Body
People with Learning Disabilities Representatives

Jordan Smith
Rep Body Co Chair
Jordan is a man with Cerebral Palsy who since being supported by Dimensions feels like his life has been transformed by the opportunities available to him – which he has embraced with enthusiasm. He is our lead spokesperson for #MyGPandMe

An advocate for others through his passion in local and national politics – a spokesperson against the barriers to voting because of his own past experiences and expertise – a true champion for LOVE YOUR VOTE

An ambassador for others supported by Dimensions as Co-Chair of the Dimensions Council, Jordan brings others together to unite to find solutions, share stories and influence how Dimensions provides support to others.

A professional in the role of Quality Consultant, a champion for ‘GREAT’ support and a fierce challenger in his quality checking role, a tough critic and able interviewer when supporting business support interviews and a wonderful story teller when training new staff around their and Dimensions values.

Lorna Ely

Lynn Jackson

Vicky Buckingham
Vicky is 1 of 2 Leads for Self Advocacy in Wirral with a particular wanting to bring it to people with disabilities locally. Vicky is particularly keen that people with disabilities have a voice like everyone else.

Vicky is also a licensed Zumba Gold Instructor. This is low impact exercise dance class done to music and she is keen to bring this into the work she does to give people with disabilities the chance to enjoy who may not be able to otherwise.
Families & Friends Representatives

Sheila Moorcroft
Sheila is the parent of two young people, one a young man with autism and learning difficulties, who lives in a supported living service. Sheila has been active in her local community campaigning on behalf of and supporting people with autism, learning disabilities and their families ever since her son’s diagnosis.

Sheila's career was spent in strategic research helping organisations think about the implications of long term changes in the world around them, and what they could do in response to those changes to meet the needs of people who worked for them or who were their customers.

Her research also included looking at the post-16 education services provision needed for people with physical and/or learning disabilities and /or autism and sensory impairments needed in different regions of the country.
Sheila also often assessed the effectiveness of projects supporting people with disabilities as well as older people.
Her activity in the community included:
• 7 years as chair of a local parent support group where Sheila spent a lot of time campaigning, representing the needs of families and children on local and national committees and consultations to improve services.
• 4 years as Chair of Governors at her son’s special school while it changed from being a general MLD school to focus on supporting children with ASD.
• A great deal of public speaking, such as frequent appearances on the radio and TV, talking at conferences about living with a child with autism and a learning disability and providing autism awareness training for schools and health professionals.

Wendy Burt
Rep Body Co-Chair

Organisations & Professionals Representatives

David Abbey
David Abbey has worked in the financial services sector since 1984 and is a fully qualified Financial Adviser.

Back in 1997, he was invited to join a ‘steering group’ to develop a process to enable people with a disability (who also rely on benefits for their income) to buy a home of their own. The result was a unique Government approved shared ownership model, known as HOLD (Home Ownership for people with Long-term Disabilities).

David then established MySafeHome Limited to provide everyone involved in helping people with disabilities realise their dream of home ownership with the support they need and to date almost 1,300 individuals have used HOLD to buy their own home.

Passionate about the personalisation agenda David is the UK’s subject matter expert in homeownership for people with disabilities and in July 2017 was honoured to be elected to the LDE Representative Body.

Rob GreigRob’s career has had a continuing focus on supporting people with disabilities to live full and equal lives in their communities. Having worked in and managed both mental health and learning disability services in South London, he was appointed by the Government as the ‘expert external advisor’ on the development of the 2001 White Paper “Valuing People’.

From 2001 to 2008, he then led the delivery of that White Paper, and the original Valuing People Support Team, as England’s first National Director for Learning Disabilities. During this time he also contributed to various other Government initiatives, including as Vice Chair of the Independent Living Reference Group that support the development of the ‘Life Chance of Disabled People’ policy.

From 2008-2018, he was then the Chief Executive at the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) leading that organisations work on a range of ground breaking initiatives including research into employment supports for people with learning disabilities, the development of best practice materials around commissioning supports for people who challenge and the Preparing for Adulthood initiative as part of the SEND reforms.

From 2015 - 2017 he was a member of the Disability Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. He has now retired from paid employment but maintains an active interest in rights and equality. Rob was awarded a CBE for his work with people with learning disabilities and their families in the 2010 New Year’s Honours list.

Scott Watkin
Rep Body Co-Chair
Scott was the Co-Chair of the Learning Disability Partnership Board on the Isle of Wight and he chaired the Partnership Board for six years.

Scott took on a national role with in the Department of Health in May 2009 as the Co-national Director for Learning Disabilities until June 2011.

In July 2011 he joined Mencap as a National Learning Disability Consultant. He started his role as SeeAbility eye2eye Ambassador in the summer of 2011 and he has taken on a permanent role with SeeAbility as an Eye Care and Vision Development Officer from July 2013.

Scott is a visiting Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire working with the learning disability nurses, as of August 2013.

Scott has now taken on the role as Co Chair of Transforming Care Assurance Board to help reduce the number of people with learning disabilities staying in hospital and to go back in the community. Scott started this role in October 2015.

Scott won the making a difference award at the national learning disabilities awards in July 2017.

Scott Is also represents organisations and professionals on the representative body for Learning Disability England September 2017.

Scott was awarded the British Empire Medal and Name on the New Years Honours List 30th December 2017.