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Keynote speakers

Cormac Russell - Managing Director, Nurture Development

Over the last 20 years Cormac has worked in over 30 countries around the world. He has trained communities, agencies, NGOs and governments in ABCD and other strengths based approaches in Kenya, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, South Africa, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia.
He is passionate about the proliferation of community-driven change and citizen-centred democracy, and has supported hundreds of communities to make ABCD visible through what he calls ABCD Neighbourhood Learning Sites.
His motto, paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin, is: ‘When it comes to Community Building, well done is better than well said’.
In January 2011 Cormac was appointed to the Expert Reference Group on Community Organising and Communities First, by Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society in the UK which he served on for the term of the Group.

Sue Howard, Deputy Chief Inspector Adult Social Care, CQC

Sue Howard Deputy Chief Inspector Adult Social Care (ASC) Central Region
An experienced leader in Adult Social Care, Sue’s first job was as a night care assistant in a home for older people before forming an ambition to progress into care management.   Sue worked and studied hard until she managed both residential and domiciliary care services, before becoming an inspector in 2002.  
In 2008, Sue was promoted to a managerial role at The Commission for Social Care Inspection becoming a senior leader in CQC in 2011.  
In May 2015 Sue secured the post of Deputy Chief Inspector ASC in the Central region working directly to Andrea Sutcliffe. Sue leads approximately 300 inspection staff across the Central region.  

Andy Tilden, Interim CEO, Skills for Care

Andy Tilden has been appointed interim CEO of Skills for Care and will take over at the end of March when current CEO Sharon Allen takes up her new role.
Andy is currently Skills for Care’s national Director of Sector Development supporting employers to develop a skilled and knowledgeable workforce across England and is a long standing member of Skills for Care’s leadership team.
He initially trained as a teacher before becoming a social worker. He has worked in residential care, in the NHS as a trainer and manager, worked in juvenile justice, child protection and learning disability services. Andy also worked as an external verifier, trainer, lecturer and managed a care training company.
Andy has worked in Skills for Care’s area and national teams leading on their skills development brief at a national level
Skills for Care Chair Dame Moira Gibb said: “Andy brings with him a great deal of experience and knowledge of social care and skills development so was the ideal person to lead our organisation through this time of transition. The process to recruit a new CEO is already under way and Andy will now have an extended handover period with our CEO Sharon Allen as he prepares to lead our team until a permanent appointment is made.”
You can follow Andy on Twitter using @andytildensfc

James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care, NHS England 

 James Sanderson is the Director of Personalised Care at NHS England, working within the Strategy and Innovation Directorate to oversee the strategy and delivery for a range of programmes that are helping to empower people to have greater choice and control over their care. This includes the Personal Health Budgets programme, Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC), Shared Decision Making, Person-Centred Care, Maternity Pioneers and developing and implementing new models of delivering patient choice.

James joined NHS England in November 2015, and was formerly Chief Executive and Accounting Officer for the Independent Living Fund (ILF). The ILF was used to support disabled people across the whole of the UK to live independent lives through the provision of direct payments enabling the purchase of personal assistance support.

After graduating, James embarked on a career in the private sector before joining the ILF in 2002 to undertake a number of senior roles including Operations Director with responsibility for front line service delivery, and Business Development Director with responsibility for performance development, change management and information governance.

James Bullion, Vice President, ADASS

James Bullion commenced as Executive Director of Adult Social Services in Norfolk January 2017. His role is to develop and transform services in a department responsible for spending £410m each year supporting adults with care needs. The county is diverse and the role works with 12 local NHS bodies to deliver integrated working.
Prior to the Norfolk role James was Director of Adult Operations and the DASS at Essex County Council, which he joined in 2013 as a Director for Commissioning. During his time in Essex, he oversaw some major developments in the fast-moving world of adult social care, including the implementation of the Care Act and a new case management system.
Nationally James has been elected as the next incoming Vice President of ADASS, and will be inaugurated in Spring 2019, stepping up to become ADASS President in the Spring of 2020. Presently James is Co-Chair for the Care and Justice Network, and the Regions Lead and Trustee for ADASS. James is also the current Chair of the Eastern branch of ADASS. 

Clenton Farquharson MBE, Chair, TLAP Programme Board

I am Chair of the Think Local Act Personal partnership board. I'm a big believer in co-production and disability rights. I have theoretical knowledge and training combined with personal experience and practical insights. I work as consultant, auditor, trainer, and coach on inclusion, equality and disability, and was named in Disability News Services' list of influential disabled people. Besides my involvement with TLAP, I’m trustee of the Race Equality Foundation and an ambassador for Disability Rights UK. I’m a director of 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.

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