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Sarah Maguire

Sarah Maguire

Sarah has worked with people with learning disabilities and their families since the mid 80's when she began supporting people to move out of long stay institutions back to their homes.

Sarah began work as a supporter and then manager of services set up by the Tizard’s Special Development. This sparked her interest in teaching and staff training inspired by the work of Marc Gold. Following completion of her training qualification she spent the next 7 years working as a trainer with staff across the country with a particular interest in finding new ways to take training into the workplace.

Sarah completed her MA in Applied Psychology of Learning Disability Services and began work at Choice Support, formerly Southwark Consortium. She has been part of its growth from a single borough organisation in South East London to a National provider. During this time Sarah has worked as an operational manager and more recently in development and quality assurance. A thread running through her work has always been finding new ways to support people to take control of their lives.

Sarah has always been a great advocate of partnership working with people with disabilities their families; other organisations and more recently with regulators. These relationships have challenged her thinking and lead to a range of new initiatives around safeguarding; helping people connect with their communities and making sure people with disabilities are part of the leadership and quality process within support providers.

Sarah now lives in Shropshire with her family and when not on a train somewhere between Birmingham and London can be found enjoying her hobby of cooking for family and friends.