Rob has been Chief Executive of the NDTi since May 2008. Before that he spent six and a half years as the UK Government’s National Director for Learning Disabilities, providing national leadership on the delivery of the cross-Government Valuing People Now policy.
He was the creator and original manager of the Valuing People Support Team and the prime author of Valuing People. Whilst working for Government, Rob was also involved in the work of the Office of Disability Issues, including as Vice-Chair of the Expert Panel that oversaw the development of the Independent Living Strategy. He also was a contributor to many other elements of health and social care policy – seeking to promote their relevance to people with disabilities and others who are marginalised in society.
Prior to this, Rob worked in a variety of roles, including managing and planning both mental health and learning disability services in both local government and the NHS and managing a voluntary sector development programme. In 1995 he established the Community Care Development Centre at King’s College and prior to that worked as a consultant with various organisations – including the NDT in the early 1990’s.
Rob’s great concerns have always been in how to effect change in public services and society to benefit people and groups who are marginalised and excluded. This has resulted in a range of interests over his life and career, including action around employment, housing, racism and the health service.
He is a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Committee.
Rob was awarded a CBE in the 2010 New Year Honours List for his work described above.
Judy Huett is a 44 year old woman with intellectual disability. She lives in Burnie, Tasmania with her husband Peter. Judy was born and raised in a small community on the West Coast of Tasmania where she attended primary and high school. Since then she has attained qualifications in Disability Support, Aged Care, Information Technology and Small Business Management; and completed leadership development training through Leaders for Tomorrow (2012) and Voice at the Table (2016).
Currently Judy works part-time with Speak Out Association of Tasmania in Self Advocacy Liaison and Support. This involves capacity building with her peers and the Speak Out Members’ Executive. She is admired and respected by people from all walks of life.
An accomplished leader, Judy is best known for her extensive contributions via her voluntary work that includes travelling to Geneva, Switzerland in 2013 with the expert group to talk to and present to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD); the national Our Voice Committee (immediate past Chair) and their many projects around Zero Tolerance and employment, Board member of Inclusion Australia, two terms with the Tasmanian Premier’s Disability Advisory Council (PDAC) and member since inception of the Intellectual Disability Reference Group (IDRG). The longevity of Judy’s commitment to the NDIS is evidenced by her participation in the delegation of self advocates to Parliament House Canberra to lobby for the NDIS.
Her long-standing commitment to promoting the human rights of people with intellectual disability and her contribution at a local, national and international level to developing self-advocacy resulted in her being awarded the Tasmanian Disability Community Achievement Award in 2010, and the Individual Award for Human Rights in 2012.
Judy is a skilled speaker and has presented at many conferences over many years including Having a Say, NSWCID, Speak Out, DARU and NDS.
Leanne Dowse is Associate Professor and Chair in Intellectual Disability Behaviour Support at the University of New South Wales. She has been a scholar, practitioner, supporter and ally in the area of cognitive disability for over twenty-five years. Leanne leads a program of research and teaching aimed at creating and exchanging knowledge to build capacity to support people with cognitive disability and complex support needs. Leanne’s work utilises a multidisciplinary approach to investigate social justice issues for people with complex needs and their families and supporters, in particular at the intersections of cognitive disability with psychosocial disability, challenging behaviour, social isolation, early life disadvantage, substance misuse, violence and abuse and contact with the criminal justice system. She is committed to ensuring that issues for people with cognitive disability and complex support needs remain at the forefront of consideration in reforming and transforming systems of social support.
Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, Adjunct Professor at the La Trobe University, Australia. Jennifer’s recent work has focused on transition from child to adult services, with particular attention to ideas that drive services and how people and systems co-operate in the delivery of services. She is particularly interested in the influence of human interaction in the construction and delivery of services, and intellectual disability psychiatry.
Associate Dean of Research at the University of Tasmania. Monica works in the areas of intellectual and developmental disabilities, with a focus on self-regulation and mastery motivation. She is involved in a program of research in Down syndrome: longitudinal study of the cognitive development of individuals with Down syndrome now in its 35th year; longitudinal study of the development of self-determination in individuals with Down syndrome now in its 20th year; maternal influences on developmental outcomes of individuals with Down syndrome.