Alain is a founder member of the Alliance for Camphill, an organisation that campaigns for community and for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities to choose how they live. He is a retired foreign correspondent, assistant editor and News Editor of the Financial Times.
Alain’s interest in learning disability stems from a profound commitment to his ward Jo – one of four sisters – who has autism and complex learning difficulties. Jo lives in a life-sharing Camphill community where people of all abilities live and work together free of the ‘them and us’ culture that Alain believes blights our care system. People with intellectual disadvantages, he believes, deserve more than a ‘service’. They deserve a life which can only come through close commitment to that person.
Alain developed and manages the Alliance for Camphill’s social media platform including a Facebook page, a website and a blog.
In his 22 years at the FT Alain covered the Middle East and Asia. He has a particular interest in developing countries. The paper won several awards for its news coverage in his time as News Editor (1989-1996). He speaks French, Greek, some Arabic and Spanish.
Alain is married with two children, four wards, four grandchildren and three more on the way. He lives with his wife and their Catalan sheepdog Chica in the Chilterns. He is a private pilot.