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Learning Disability England takes shape

Learning Disability England (LDE), a charity and membership organisation, has elected a Representative Body comprised of people with learning disabilities, family members, friends, professionals and organisations.

Since the launch of LDE in June 2016 the organisation has undergone a transformation, working with solicitors to create a governance structure that ensures LDE is led by its members.

It turns the traditional charity structure on its head – giving members the power to elect a Representative Body, which in turn appoints a Trustee Board.

The Representative Body reflects the tripartite nature of LDE. Four representatives have been elected in each of LDE’s membership categories: people with learning disabilities, families and friends, and organisations and professionals.

The newly elected Representative Body will make important strategic decisions about LDE and will be responsible for appointing the Trustee Board.

LDE Co-Founder Gary Bourlet said:

“The Representative Body will make things happen on behalf of LDE’s members. It’s about time that learning disability organisations were led by people with learning disabilities and families, rather than just professionals. Nothing about us without us.”

Elected to represent people with learning disabilities are:

Jordan Smith
Lorna Ely
Lynn Eastwood
Vicky Buckingham

Elected to represent families and friends of people with learning disabilities are:

Claire Crossley
Lucy Burke
Sheila Moorcroft
Wendy Burt

Elected to represent organisations and professionals are:

Alicia Wood, Head of Public Affairs at Dimensions
David Abbey, CEO of My Safe Home
Rob Grieg, Chief Executive of the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi)
Scott Watkin, Eye Care and Vision Development Officer at SeeAbility

All LDE members were eligible to vote for the people standing in their category of membership. Over 200 people with learning disabilities, family members, friends and professionals voted.

LDE’s Representative Body will stay in post for the next three years, after which a new set of representatives will be elected.

To become a member of LDE visit: