Rob Greig, the government’s national director for learning disabilities and Valuing People, will join the National Development Team as its new chief executive on 19 May.
NDT is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which sets out to improve policies, services and opportunities for people who are socially excluded or disadvantaged.
When NDT was established in 1976 as part of the Department of Health, it had a similar role to that of the current Valuing People Support Team, which Greig heads. However, now it has broadened its remit to improving outcomes for people with learning disabilities and mental health needs, and campaigning for “social inclusion for all”.
Speaking about Greig, Jennifer Bernard, NDT chair, said: “His commitment to inclusion and whole life opportunities, particularly for people with a learning disability, is profound and has dominated his working life. The fit between his values in practice and the purpose of the NDT is clear and strong.”
Greig confirmed last month he would step down in April as national director, a position he has held since 2001.
In response to his appointment, Greig said: “The NDT has a proud record of bringing innovative ideas to the UK and helping public and independent sector organisations work in partnership with disabled people to turn those ideas into a reality. The big challenge for the future is to turn good policy intentions into real change in people’s lives.”
Greig succeeds Joan Maughan, who will become an associate of NDT in her retirement.