Lisa Lenton is the England Director for the Association for Real Change (ARC), joining in 2015. Her background includes working with learning disabled people and in public sector organisations.
Lisa works to represent the challenges of ARC England members to key sector stakeholders, including government departments, the regulator and local authorities.
Lisa is also currently the Chair of the Care Provider Alliance, the national collective voice of adult social care providers in England.
Vicky is the England Operations Co-ordinator and the UK Governance Co-ordinator. Vicky is responsible for the general running of Central Office, based in England, and is the PA to the England Director, Lisa Lenton. Vicky plans the member network meetings and events along with her colleagues, writes the e-newsletter, Real People, social media and websites and also supports other staff with their duties as required.
Vicky is also the Governance Coordinator supporting the Chair of the Board of ARC, and supports the Strategic Leadership Team.
Angela joined ARC as the Qualifications Centre Manager in November 2016 but has also work for ARC as a Development Officer (ARC Assessor and IQA) for 15 years. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Health and Social Care and the Learning Disability Sector, having worked and trained in the field of Learning Disabilities for the best part of 30 years since leaving secondary education.
Angela is keen to support all the organisations that access the Centre and to listen to their unique requirements in order to enable them to achieve a qualified workforce that promotes quality services.
As someone who started their own learning journey and development through a YTS (Youth Training Scheme) all those years ago, Angela is passionate about staff development and training within the workplace, which promotes the delivery of a high quality, person focussed approach for the individuals we ultimately support.
Rod is based in Devon and is our champion for Mate Crime, a type of Hate Crime where people purporting to be friends take advantage of people with a learning disability, which was part of the Safety Net project that he managed. He is also our champion of the Helping Each Other project which supported a small number of young people with learning disabilities, who have experienced sexual exploitation, to develop their skills as trainers to go on and deliver awareness.
He has recently managed the ISD and Google.org project Get SMART (Social Media Awareness and Resilience Training) project – an 11-month user-led awareness and training project for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, to help to keep them safe from grooming for extremism via social media.
He is currently leading the Us Too project, a peer-lead project about women and girls standing up to domestic abuse.
Rod also delivers training courses on subjects such as MCA and DoLS, Supporting Medication as well as awareness workshops for staff on Self-neglect, Self-Harm and Sexual Exploitation of people with a learning disability.
I joined ARC in April 2008 as the Training Consortiums NVQ Registrar. My role now includes overseeing the Workforce Development Funding (WDF) and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) administration; implementing new processes and supporting my colleagues Anne and Marion. My main focus is the qualifications that ARC offers; candidate registrations, claiming units and qualifications, issuing certificates, candidate records and archiving, together with a varied range of administration processes which keeps the department ticking!
Before I joined ARC I worked for several months with a training department at a local NHS community hospital where I gained my knowledge of NVQ administration. My working background is primarily secretarial and personal assistant, followed by 3 years as a marketing assistant with a large ceramics company in Stoke-on-Trent before my move to Chesterfield.
I joined the ARC England team in June 2018 originally to administer the Workforce Development Fund, but now administer the Disclosure Service for the whole of ARC.
I have been at ARC now for over 24 years. I do different tasks, people write what tasks they need doing in my book. I sort the post, test the fire alarms and emergency lighting and keep records of when these tests have been carried out. I shred confidential documents, photocopy, and scan documents as well as printing and putting together the Care Certificate packs which I really enjoy. I also use the computer and search the internet for various information related to my job.
Works from the Central Office in Chesterfield as the Finance Director dealing with all aspects of finance for the whole of ARC UK as well as Human Resources for the company.