New director for the Learning Disability Coalition

The Learning Disability Coalition has appointed Anthea Cox as its new director.

Cox takes the place of previous incumbent Heather Honour, who retired in July. She was formerly the director of social justice work for the Methodist Church in Great Britain and has experience as a senior councillor for Peterborough Council and as a non-executive director of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

She is also the founder of the Goldhay Arts charity, an innovative day service that gives people with learning disabilities opportunities in the performing and visual arts.

Cox said: “It is exciting to be jointing the Learning Disability Coalition at a time of enormous change in adult social care. The government’s green paper on the future of adult social care is a once-in-a-generation chance to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities. My concern is that funding for services for this group of people is simply not on the political agenda.”

The LDC, which was set up just over two years ago, is formed of 15 sector organisations including Mencap, Sense and the National Autistic Society.

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