We are a small staff team because we want to work alongside our members and bringing people together, rather than trying to do everything ourselves.
Meet our team:
|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. He is a Membership and Engagement lead with extra focus as self advocate spokesperson|
|Bridget Pike||Bridget is a mum of 3 and works as our Office Manager 3 days a week. Bridget compiles the weekly Learning Disability England newsletter|
|Samantha Clark||Sam is the Chief Executive of Learning Disability England.
Sam has worked in several places supporting people to live independently. Sam learnt a lot about communities and how to get involved in making communities and people’s lives better.
Sam is passionate about the contribution we all can make being valued & recognised & is always looking for opportunities to collaborate with & learn from other people.
|Rachael Hall||Rachael is one of the Membership and Engagement leads at Learning Disability England, and has a joint role with JMS Trust as a Carers engagement worker with them. She has just finished her master’s degree in Disability Studies at the University of Leeds. She has previously worked as a Personal Assistant and with disabled children within afterschool and holiday club settings. Rachael is a family carer and is passionate about disabled people being included, accessing their rights and living independently.|