The Paradigm Team

For fifteen years, our team of talented, committed and passionate experienced Associates have played an integral part in the development and promotion of person-centred approaches, self-directed support and individualised budgets.

Sally Warren (MSc)

Sally Warren (MSc)

Managing Director

Sally is the driving force and passion behind the work of Paradigm, including: The Reach Standards Practical Guide, The Gr8 Support Movement, Individual Life Designs, Planning Together Events and most recently The Gr8 Chat & Brew.

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Laura Broughton

Laura Broughton

Associate

Laura Broughton, works as an Associate for Paradigm, an Expert by Experience with Choice Support, for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) since 2010. In her work, Laura contributes to inspections to learning disability service, age-related or mental health support.

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Katie Gibson-Peacock

Katie Gibson-Peacock

Associate

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.

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Tim Keilty

Tim Keilty

Associate

Tim has worked with people with a learning disability for 30 years, as a support worker in a village community, as a supporter to a People First group, an advocate, as a Person Centred Planning Co-ordinator and now as a Special Projects Manager. As the years go by the job titles get more cumbersome, but the focus of his work remains the same!

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Jo Clare

Jo Clare

Associate

The previous CEO of Three Cs, a London-based social care organisation, Jo Clare believes it is possible to create an environment in which everyone, including the most profoundly disabled people, can discover and use their strengths and abilities to make valued contributions to society, to their own lives and the lives of others.

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Sue Deeley

Sue Deeley

Associate

I am a co – director of Getta Life with Julie Smith. Getta Life supports people with learning disabilities to live in their own homes, many of whom have had traumatic pasts and have what would be considered to be ‘complex needs’.

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Dr David Towell

Dr David Towell

David’s central interest is in working with other people, organisations and social networks, locally and globally, to promote the development of 21st Century communities which are both sustainable (that is, living in harmony with our planet) and include everyone as equal citizens.

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Michelle McDermott

Michelle McDermott

Associate

My name is Michelle McDermott.

I work alongside Sally at Paradigm to co-deliver training on things like The Reach Standards. I love telling people about The Reach Standards so that they can improve their how they work and the service they provide.  I also love engaging with all the participants.

I also work at Thera Trust as the Co-Chair alongside Sally. I like the role because I love chairing meetings. I am the one with the lived experience and the learning disability so I can share my experiences, skills and knowledge.

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Izzy Valenti

Izzy Valenti

Izzy Valenti has worked in the health and social care sector for over 47 years.  During this time, Izzy has worked with a diverse range of people with very diverse needs.

For the past 18 years she has been running her own training and consultancy business supporting individual and organisational development.

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Philip Robbins

Philip Robbins

I am a parent, an artist and a recovering economist.   All my training prepared me for something unexpected and parenting was it.  Complex and amazing already, my life changed and became enriched by our son Rowland. He is a high support needs autistic person with severe learning disabilities and is non-verbal and he has the most infectious laugh and sense of joy I have come across.

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Sammy Butcher

Sammy Butcher

Associate

Sammy is an Expert by Experience, a woman who loves life and who has, in recent years, truly grabbed her rights to live a good life!

Sammy works with Paradigm as a Co-Faciliator on our Reach Support for LIVING courses.

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Damian Stephens

Damian Stephens

Associate

Damian spent  his early career managing in different sectors and industries. He finally found Social Care in 2013.

Starting as a support worker for a Learning Disabilities Charity, Damian found that this is where his heart and skills belong! Being able to make a difference is what matters, empowering a voice and enabling independence as he works alongside people who needed support, families and teams is something that just feel natural to Damian.

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Sue Livett

Sue Livett

Associate

Sue has worked in the voluntary sector since leaving school, in voluntary and paid roles. Sue is currently the Managing Director of the Aldingbourne Trust, a West Sussex based organisation which supports people who have a learning disability with jobs, education, arts, training, homes, leisure and friendships. Sue likes change, challenge and shaping creative solutions.

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Julie Smith

Julie Smith

I am Julie, I work alongside Sue as a Director of Gettalife Ltd. Around 20 years ago Gettalife started with the aim of supporting people to have their own home and a team of support who knew them well.

I believe that if people are well supported and understood, they can live a great life and be able to offer things to others. I believe everyone can be involved and find a place to belong.

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Jo Giles

Jo Giles

Hello! I help to design and co-ordinate different projects like ‘The Reach films project’ and ‘Let’s talk about death’. I help run The Gr8 Support Movement that connects many amazing Support Workers across the country. I also design lots of resources for the different projects and people we work with.

I have trained as an End of Life Doula which feeds into everything I do –  mostly the way I listen, communicate and support people. (I’m a bit passionate about beautiful, valuing communciation!)

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