Core Group Members
The Coalition for Change has a core group of individuals who are responsible for driving the work of the Coalition as well as contributing their extensive knowledge and expertise from their work in other organisations and fields.
The Coalition will be advertising soon for people to join the Coalition - so look out for the information and invitations coming out this Summer!
|Sarah Stock (Chairperson)
|Having originally qualified as a Nurse for Adults with Learning Disabilities in 1989 I have over 20 years’ experience working within the NHS and Local Government sectors. In 2013 I created Independence Matters CIC by leading a spin out of the core services for working age adults with learning disabilities, autism, and older people with dementia from Norfolk County Council. In 2018 we set up Home Support Matters, our wholly owned subsidiary company. I am a collaborative leader, passionate about people and their right to lead a fulfilled life in the community. I have proven success in leading and creating innovative services and business opportunities striving to improve outcomes for the communities I serve. I am delighted to have been approached to take on the Chair of the Coalition for Change Group for 2023 and bring with me a wealth of knowledge and contacts within the Norfolk landscape.
|Mr Bailey joins the Coalition as a parent of one of the young people, Joanna, who tragically lost her life at Cawston Park hospital. He and his wife's insights and experiences are providing invaluable information in shaping what the Coalition should do.
|Viv Cooper OBE
|My involvement in this work stems from my experience as the parent of a young man with severe learning disabilities who displays a range of behaviours described as challenging, some of which are life threatening. In 1997 I set up a small, national charity called the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, which focuses supporting families who have a child or adult with these support needs. The charity provides information and support to individual families - the aim is to ensure they get the right support in the right place at the right time. In addition we have a strategic influencing strand to our work, and this involves connecting and coordinating a range of work and initiatives, with the aim of transforming how support and services are provided to families and individuals so that the focus is on good outcomes for them and their human rights. This Coalition is an opportunity to drive change in one region, but also to connect with and influence the national agenda, and I am pleased to be involved and contribute.
|I wrote the safeguarding adult review about Cawston Park hospital. I chair the National Mental Capacity Forum in England and Wales, am a Trustee of Anheddau which supports adults with learning disabilities in North Wales, am a Director of All Wales People First and an editor of the Journal of Adult Protection. I have a brother with a learning disability and am inspired by the immense determination of families to create better futures for people with learning disabilities - including the Cawston Park hospital families.
|I trained originally as a social worker (working for 24 years in social care with people with learning disabilities) where I became involved in the development of new approaches to service delivery for children and adults with learning disabilities. I have been a Director for services to disabled children for the Children’s Society and a Regional Director for United Response, a voluntary sector provider for adults with learning disabilities focused on providing Supported Living and Day opportunities.I became the Chair of the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board in 2014 and in that role, was closely involved in the Cawston Park hospital safeguarding adult review. As a result, I advocated for the creation of a group to campaign at a local and national level and this led to the creation of the Coalition for Change.
|Jerome Mayhew MP
Awaiting text from Jerome himself about his reasons for joining the Coalition for Change.
He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Broadland area of Norfolk. Cawston Park hospital was located within his parliamentary area and this sparked a determination to be part of the work in Norfolk and nationally to ensure that this could not happen again.
|Dame Philippa Russell DBE
Awaiting text from Dame Philippa herself about her reasons for joining the Coalition for Change.
Her personal story was captured in an article by the Telegraph newspaper.
She is also currently the Vice President of Carers UK.
|Awaiting text from Zac himself about his reasons for being part of the Coalition but he holds the position of Director of Quality and Practice for Mencap.