The head of Learning Disability England says attitudes are partly to blame for care failures
Having ‘low ego’ is not something most chief executives are known for. But it was in the job description of the role Sam Clark successfully applied for as the inaugural chief executive of the campaigning organisation Learning Disability England. The successful candidate, “will be collaborative and ‘low ego’; motivated primarily by others succeeding over achieving their own personal agenda”, it read.
Clark says she was attracted to a job helping different parties fight for a single cause. Collaboration and unpretentious leadership are key at LDE, the only membership group uniting the learning disability movement. Founded two years ago by the self-advocate Gary Bourlet, so that people with learning disabilities could have a voice in improving the services they depend on, LDE’s more than 600 members (which include individuals and organisations) share a goal to improve the lives of individuals who need support.