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. Expand Jayne’s background is in education and community development. Just under 20 years ago, she started to work with people with learning disabilities and was struck with the injustice and inequality they experienced in the most basic areas of their lives – not being supported to choose their own clothes in a morning, living with people they did not like, always being told others knew what was best for them… Although Jayne had worked with people experiencing severe deprivation, inequality and abuse, this level of powerlessness, especially experienced by people with no verbal communication, left her so shocked that she knew she needed to do something about it. Working with a group of people with learning disabilities who knew from personal experience the level of injustice, she formed the charity and has not looked back since. Harnessing this passion, Jayne provides strategic direction for the organisation, ensuring the organisation’s work and culture are rooted in a commitment to equality and combatting injustice. Ensuring disabled people and people with mental health difficulties are equal partners in driving change sits at the heart of Jayne’s approach and is reflected in the range of pioneering initiatives that have been developed in the organisation.