If you ask me…

Who has had the biggest influence on you?
My former lecturer John Hersov. He introduced me to self-advocacy
in 1982.

Which health or social care professional has been most use
to you?

Steve Strong from the Valuing People support team.

If you ran care services in your area what would you do

Listen to people with learning difficulties, and find out what they
want and need.

Name one thing that would make your life better?

Being an international ambassador to people with learning

What three words best describe you?
Visionary, personable, cheeky.

What event most changed your life?
The first People First international conference in Seattle in 1984.

What is your greatest achievement?

Being part of bringing the advocacy movement to England from the

What makes you happy?

When were you last angry?
Not that long ago, at local authority systems.

Whom do you most admire?
Self-advocate Jackie Downer MBE and my partner Mouse.

How would you like to be remembered?
Bringing the People First movement to this country.

What is the most important lesson you have

People with learning difficulties have a right to be respected,
treated with dignity and listened to.

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