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Monday 20 January 2020
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BILD's Trustees

BILD has a board of trustees who are responsible for helping BILD achieve its aims and for ensuring that this is being done ethically, efficiently and within resources.

The BILD Trustees are:

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Alan Jefferson, Chair of Trustees

Alan's career in social care spanned almost four decades and involved working in both adults and children’s services.  For the last 20 years he specialised in regulation and review, working initially as an Assistant Director of Social Services in Lancashire and subsequently as the North West Regional Director for the National Care Standards Commission, the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Care Quality Commission.

Throughout his career he has been involved in either  the provision, management or regulation of services for people with a learning disability. He is very strongly committed to ensuring that service users and their carers play a central role in shaping the services they use and the lives they lead and in CSCI he had the Regional Director lead for service user involvement.

Alan has been involved with BILD since the mid-1990s, particularly with the behaviour support programme.


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Professor Nigel Beail

I am currently Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Psychological Services for Barnsley Learning Disability Service and Honorary Chair in Psychology at the University of Sheffield.

I am a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disabilities, Secretary of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability and Vice Chair of the British Psychological Society's Faculty for Learning Disability.

In 2004 I was appointed by the UK Minister of Health to the Mental Health Bill Implementation Advisory Group at the Department of Health.

My clinical work includes providing psychological interventions to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities who present with a wide range of problems. I specialise in work with clients who self injure, those that offend or have significant mental health problems.

I have a particular interest in the provision and evaluation of psychological psychotherapies for people who have intellectual disabilities and have pioneered outcome research in the area. I have published a lot of papers on issues that effect people who have intellectual disabilities."

Sally Lapsley
Sally Lapsley

Sally has recently been appointed as a Trustee for the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD).  Trustees are responsible for helping BILD achieve its aims and for ensuring that this is being done ethically, efficiently and within resources.

She is also an active member of  Build for the Future which meets at BILD four times a year. Sally has been a member of an advocacy group called Independence First for 9 years which is run by Our Way Self Advocacy.  She is also a Health Champion and has helped to review the services at two day opportunities.

She has recently been appointed Co-Chair of the Learning Disability Forum for the West Midlands and Vice Chair of the new Worcestershire People’s Parliament for people with learning disabilities.

Sally is very passionate about people’s rights.

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Fred Mumford

I am a Chartered Accountant by profession, which has been very useful in my role as BILD Treasurer. I have over 30 years experience as an accountant, both in the UK and abroad.

I have experience as well of working on the boards of other charities in the Midlands, including Our Way Self Advocacy in Kidderminster, which is part of Build for the Future. There's lots of similarities, both BILD and Our Way have a great buzz about them and I enjoy being involved in that.

I've been a BILD Trustee for over two years now and thoroughly enjoyed my time here, I've learned a lot, met a lot of good people, particularly BILD's dedicated staff.

I like to work to help and support people, just part of trying, with others, to make a small difference. I'm going to continue to make my contribution, to help make BILD as effective as it can be in working for the needs of people with learning disabilities and their family carers.



Colin Dale
Dr Colin Dale

Dr Colin Dale the Chief Executive of Caring Solutions (UK) Ltd a mental health and learning disability consultancy company based in the north west of England which carries out national, regional and local health care projects throughout the UK. He is the Vice Chairman of 5 Boroughs Mental health and Learning Disability NHS Foundations Trust, a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire, and a member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

Dr Dale has a particular interest in the care and treatment of offenders with a learning disability and has edited three books on this topic. He runs an annual International conference on the subject in the UK which is now acclaimed as the foremost academic conference on the topic in Europe. He runs a website in conjunction with the conference which receives enquiries from around the world (www.ldoffenders.co.uk). In 2009 he was invited to become the editor of the Journal for the Care and Treatment of Offenders with a Learning Disability.

Previously he was the Joint Violence Project Manager for the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMHE) and National Patients Safety Agency (NPSA) and also led work for the Offender Health Services at the Department of Health on liaison between the police and mental health services and court assessment and diversion. In 2006 Colin acted as adviser to the National Patient Safety Agency on mental health. He has worked for over eleven years as a Director of Nursing Services in three different NHS Trust all of whom provided care for people with learning disabilities.

Ashok Roy

Ashok Roy, OBE

Dr Ashok Roy is a consultant in the Psychiatry of Learning Disability in Solihull Services and Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust. 

He is the Lead for the LD Assessment and Treatment Service and Service Development and Research for the Trust and represents the Royal College LD Executive at the Department of Health for the development of Care Pathways and Payment by Results (PbR).  

Dr Roy is also a Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Psychiatry Department at Birmingham University.

His interests include clinical outcome measures, service development, access to primary care services, and ethical issues in Learning Disability.




Tina cooper

Tina Cooper

Tina has been a family carer for over 32 years and has a real passion for helping people with learning disabilities to achieve their full potential. As well as supporting her son James to live independently, Tina is appointee of his personal budget and has been a driving force in James owning his own home, living the life he wants to lead with great support.

As a voice for the families of people with learning disabilities, Tina wants to share with BILD the experiences and information she has gained during her time as a family carer. She is an active member of Build for the Future which meets at BILD four times a year. Build for the Future is a group of over 30 people from eight advocacy organisations. They work with BILD to make sure that BILD’s work is rooted in the real life experiences of people with learning disabilities.

Tina is committed to making a difference and strengthening the rights of people with learning disabilities.