Members of the National Co-production Advisory Group



Vicky Buckingham

I am an award winning self-advocate in Wirral for people with disabilities.

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I'm also a licensed Zumba Gold Instructor encouraging people with disabilities to get involved as much as possible. 

Jenny Carter

Jenny Carter

I am a director of Together All Are Able, a partner  in policymaking graduate, and an award winning self-advocate in Wirral.

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My ambition is to make personalisation real no matter the person's disability. I have Autistic Spectrum Condition, Dyspraxia and Epilepsy, and none of these stop me from doing what's important to me.  



Clenton Farquharson CBE

Chair of the TLAP partnership board

I have a radical idea, it’s called being human that l’m hopeful it will catch on. There are huge benefits to fostering human potential. And if we can redefine ‘personalisation’ like that, I think we can change everything.

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I have many and varied roles. I’m a member of the NHS Assembly that oversees the NHS Ten Year Plan; chair of Quality Matters; trustee of the Race Equality Foundation and ambassador for Disability Rights UK. I also fit in being a director at Community Navigator Services CIC, and a Skills for Care ambassador.

In 2014 I received an MBE in recognition of my services to people with disabilities.

Rachel Mason

Rachel Mason

I am a family carer with 25 years experience as a speaker and trainer on embedding self-directed support systems.

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I offer organisations the  family carer perspective and support them to embed self-directed support into strategic and operational teams across children's and adult services. 

I have worked for Centre of Welfare Reform, NDTi, FPLD, ARC, Norah Fry Research Centre, NVFF, Hft, DoH, Skills for Care, PfA Pathfinders, HSA , Care provider staff training, Health care commission, CQC,Dfe.

Alison Owen

I am very passionate about being an advocate for people with learning disabilities and believe that co-production is really important

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I work for Speakup, which is run by and for people with learning disabilities and/or autism. We work across the country to help people access peer, group and self-advocacy. We also make information accessible and train professionals. 

I sit on the Rotherham Partnership Board and the Health Sub Group and I represent people with learning disabilities on the National Forum in Yorkshire and Humber.

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Jennifer Pearl

If I have the right support, anything is possible. I believe in using the lived experience of disability in shaping services. When everything comes together I can literally fly a microlight or race a car at Silverstone.

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I work as an Expert by Experience for the Care Quality Commission.  I support inspections of hospitals, care homes and domiciliary care agencies - giving people who use services and their relatives a voice in the inspection process.  

I am also a trustee of Inclusion Barnet where I represent people on the Engagement Advisory Board of the NHS Sustainable Transformation Partnership.

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Isaac Samuels

Chair of the National Co-production Advisory Group

Social care should be about people having the best possible life and not a service. Through co-production anything is achievable, and my experience is that it is fun, life change, empowering, messy and at times consuming, but well worth it.

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I am involved in  steering group leadership roles with People's Committee UEL; Queer Futures at Lancaster University; Research group City University, Redbridge Rainbow committee member; blogger and guest writer at Baseline magazine; Healthwatch member and volunteer at Re:Assure women's project. 



Kate Sibthorp

Deputy Chair of the National Co-production Advisory Group (NCAG)

Social care should mean caring about people, not caring for them.

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My daughter, Maddy, is my inspiration. When she was ten, the White Paper, Valuing People, was published and I had great hopes for her future. Nearly 20 years later, people with learning disabilities still don’t have enough choice and control and are often not included in society. I’m a big fan of Making it Real and 80 + fab I and We statements: stop me and try one!

My professional background is more years in local government than I care to remember, managing public sector housing in the capital and moving into organisational learning and development in Manchester.

Caroline Waugh

My passion is disability cycling, and all things that are positive and enabling, I suppose I’d like every individual to have the opportunity to be their very best so they can ‘Make It Real.’

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I am a divorced mum to grown up children and the survivor of a traumatic brain Injury, cancer, broken limbs and Home Care! 

I am joint chair of Sheffield Cycling 4 All, and sit on other influential boards including Sheffield's Move More and the Brain Injury Rehab Redevelopment Partnership.

Sam Willacy

Each person should be able to choose to be supported in the way they want, co-production should be at the heart of everything.

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I have autism and epilepsy. I try not to let these conditions affect my life. I live in supported living where I chose to have my own support through direct payments and it works well.

I run and set up an LGBT+ group and I have done many vlogs for a local charity. I enjoy vlogging because it enables me to capture what is important and share it with others.