Experts available for comment

We provide analysis and comment on a wide range of topics related to learning disabilities and autism. Some of our spokespeople have autism and/or learning disabilities and either work for us or are supported by us.

Our spokespeople

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 served on the boards of a number of Government arms-length bodies.

Mark Brookes – Campaigns Advisor

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

Mark 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 that sees him visiting services to check people are supported in a personalised way.

Alicia Wood – Head of Public Affairs

Alicia is Head of Public Affairs at Dimensions and is also a co-founder of Learning Disability England.

For the past 20 years Alicia has campaigned tirelessly with and on behalf of people with learning disabilities and autism.

Dimensions’ campaigning priorities are defined by the 4000 people we support across the country and their families.

Alicia make sure that the voices of the people we support, their families and other members of Learning Disability England, are heard by policy makers and the media.

Tracey Garcia – Involvement and Engagement Manager

Tracey is renowned for her determination to consult the community Dimensions support so they are at the very heart of our unique work.

She is dedicated to enabling them to have greater involvement and influence through their valued roles as family experts and quality consultants.

Jackie Fletcher – Group Director of Quality, Public Affairs and Policy

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

Ann McCallum – Co-chair of the Dimensions Council

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 is also co-chair of 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.

Jordan Smith – Dimensions Council member

Jordan is a man with Cerebral Palsy who since being supported by Dimensions feels like his life has been transformed by the opportunities available to him – which he has embraced with enthusiasm.

An advocate for others through his passion in local and national politics – a spokesperson against the barriers to voting because of his own past experiences and expertise – a true champion for LOVE YOUR VOTE!

An ambassador for others supported by Dimensions as Dimensions Council member, bringing others together to unite to find solutions, share stories and influence how Dimensions provides support to others.

A professional in the role of Quality Consultant, a champion for ‘GREAT’ support and a fierce challenger in his quality checking role, a tough critic and able interviewer when supporting business support interviews and a wonderful story teller when training new staff around their and Dimensions values.

Steve Scown – Group Chief Executive

With over 30 years’ experience working with people with learning disabilities and autism, Steve leads Dimensions in championing the personalisation agenda and co-authored the award winning books, ‘Making it Personal’ and ‘Making it Personal for Everyone.’ Steve is also chair of VODG, the influential Voluntary Organisations for the Disabled Group.

Steph Palmerone – Director of Dimensions and Managing Director of Waymarks

Steph has worked in health and social care for over 30 years and has vast experience in navigating the complex worlds of the NHS, police and probation services and others to successfully support people with complex histories and risky behaviour out of hospital and back into their local community as part of the transforming care agenda.

She also has a lot of experience of commissioning and providing services to prevent people going into hospital.

Steph speaks authoritatively and from experience on all aspects of the Transforming Care agenda and the integration of health and social care.