Jayne Leeson, MBE Chief Executive Officer

Jayne founded the organisation with a group of people with learning disabilities back in 2002. Since this time she has provided a clear vision, decisiveness, courage and ongoing passion which has driven Changing Our Lives from work on a local level to national significance.

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Lucy Dunstan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Lucy became Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Changing Our Lives in July 2016. She provides strategic leadership and has been instrumental in shaping and developing the organisational brand and vision.

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Anne-Marie Glasby, Development Officer

Anne-Marie joined Changing Our Lives as a Development Officer in October 2014. Her background is in health, having previously worked as a learning disability nurse.

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Jane Thakoordin, Development Officer

Jane joined the team in 2016 as a Development Officer. Her passion for the work the organisation does is matched by her commitment to the principles and values of self determination, equality, social justice and human rights.

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Jackie Taylor, Development Officer

Jackie joined Changing Our Lives in 2014 and has brought over 30 years of experience of working across the public and voluntary sector in the fields of education, health, social care and community development.

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Siraaj Nadat BEM, Senior Quality of Life Facilitator

Siraaj was appointed Senior Quality of Life Facilitator in June 2016, after 5 years with the organisation. Through this time Siraaj developed his rights based and outcome driven approach to actively champion the rights of disabled people through his Quality of Life work.

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Dr Rosalind Frampton, Project Officer

Rosalind joined the team in September 2016 after completing her PhD in neuroscience at the University of Birmingham. She spent four years researching mental health and brain development, after which she decided to apply this knowledge and her skills in problem solving and communication to policy development.

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Sophia Parinchy, Project Officer

Sophia became a Project Officer at Changing Our Lives in October 2017, supporting the development and delivery of projects across the organisation. She is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist and with seven years’ experience working within the private and public sector, supporting young people facing challenges when communicating.

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Lesley Acford, Quality of Life Facilitator

Lesley joined the staff team as a Quality of Life Facilitator in July 2015. Prior to this she was working with Changing Our Lives as a volunteer after being introduced to the organisation back in 2013 as part of the ‘Poet’s First’ arts project.

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Katy Evans, Quality of Life Facilitator

Katy brings her own lived experience to the role of Quality of Life Facilitator, which she was recruited to in the summer of 2017. She has experience of working both locally and nationally on issues around disability.

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