Katie has worked with people with learning disabilities for 30 years and is passionate about supporting people to live a life that makes the most sense to them.
As a Partners in Policymaking graduate, Katie is a firm believer in working in partnership with the supported person, their families and wider circles of support.
She is skilled at creatively planning with people to support them to take up their rightful place in their community.
Katie has a background in training and development. She has trained and supported the development of many social care workers and family carers always with a values based focus. She has presented her work at various conferences around the country.
For the last 13 years Katie has managed a team of Personal Support Assistants working in a highly individualised way with a gentleman who has limited verbal communication and other ‘complex support needs’.
Intensive Interaction Practitioner Phoebe Caldwell DSc said about Katie’s team “I should like to put it on record that this team is one of the most caring and emotionally intelligent that I have come across. I congratulate them for the quality of care they are offering.”
Katie works alongside self advocacy groups, she is the independent co-chair of her local Learning Disability Partnership Board. She is the founder and coordinator of a voluntary community organisation, Exclusively Inclusive, whose main purpose is to encourage connections, friendships, community involvement and development for all.