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Our spokespeople

We can provide analysis and comment on a range of topics related to learning disability and autism, including but not exclusive to: 

  • Social care reform and the social care market
  • Delivering personalised support and improving quality of life
  • The role of families and unpaid carers in social care delivery
  • Supported Employment
  • Social housing
  • Transition to adulthood
  • Positive Behaviour Support
  • Public awareness and advice
  • Short breaks and support for children and young people
  • Autism Friendly Films and other environments


Some of our spokespeople experience autism and/or learning disabilities and either work for us or are supported by us.

This is a photograph of our Chief Executive, Steve Scown.

Steve Scown - Chief Executive

With over 30 years experience working with people with learning disabilities, Steve leads Dimensions in championing the personalisation agenda and co-authored the award winning book, ‘Making it Personal’ and more recently ‘Making it Personal for Everyone.’

Read Steve's One Page Profile

This is a photograph of Helen Baker, Chair of the Dimensions Board.

Helen Baker - Chair

Helen has extensive experience of working in both director and chair roles across the social care, health and housing sectors. She has led NHS trusts, a wide range of charities and has been on the boards of a number of Government arms-length bodies.  

Helen's One Page Profile

This is a photograph of Chris Ingram, Executive Director for Operations.

Chris Ingram - Executive Director of Operations

With 20 years experience in the social care sector, Chris is responsible for national delivery of services and is the nominated individual for the Care Quality Commission.

Chris' One Page Profile

This is a photograph of Jackie Fletcher, Director of Quality and Compliance.

Jackie Fletcher - Executive Director of Quality and Compliance

Jackie is our lead practitioner on person-centred thinking and approaches and issues related to the regulation of services for vulnerable people.

Jackie's One Page Profile

This is a photograph of Lisa Hopkins, Executive Director of Practice Development.

Lisa Hopkins - Executive Director of Practice Development

Organisational lead on the support of people with autism, Lisa also has responsibility for the Behaviour Support specialist consultancy team and is the spokesperson for the employment.

Lisa's One Page Profile


Spokespeople for the people we support

It's important to us to represent the people we support in an empowering way. People with learning disabilities and autism should have a voice in the media and have the opportunity to get their views across.

This is a photograph of Carl Shaw

Carl Shaw - Quality Auditor

Carl has a mild learning disability and also works for Dimensions as a Quality Auditor. 

He says: “My learning disability means that it takes me longer to learn things than others. But I don’t let this stop me doing my job as I can still learn things even if it does take longer.” 

Carl believes that it is really important for people supported by Dimensions to access the things they want, just like he does. This includes employment, activities and housing. 

He says: “People with a learning disability and autism have the same hopes and goals as everybody else and it’s important that they are supported on their journey to do this.”

This is a photograph of Ann McCallum

Anne McCallum

Ann is supported by Dimensions and can speak about how important it was for her to be involved in choosing her own support package. 

She also represents the Kent region on the Dimensions council and enjoys every moment of being a voice for the people Dimensions supports. Ann is passionate about people with learning disabilities being listened to and having choice and control over all parts of their lives. 

Ann says: “I want the people Dimensions supports to have fulfilled lives and achieve their dreams.

This is a photograph of Mark Brookes

Mark Brookes - Quality Auditor

Mark has a learning disability and has a keen interest in ensuring people with learning disabilities are safe, as well remaining independent. 

He often speaks publicly about disability hate crime and is an advocate for people with learning disabilities and autism being treated equally. He is also employed by Dimensions as a Quality Auditor, a role which sees him visiting services to check people are supported in a personalised way. 

Mark says: “It’s important for people with learning disabilities to be as independent as possible; advocacy and being able to access the community is also vital.”

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Duncan Bell
Tel: 0300 303 9062 

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Meetinghouse Lane
Sheffield
S1 2DP

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