Who we are

Ralph Broad

Ralph Broad is Director of Inclusive Neighbourhoods Ltd, co-author of the new book ‘Power and Connection: The International Development of Local Area Coordination’ and was Founder of the Local Area Coordination Network CIC in England and Wales.

As Director of Inclusive Neighbourhoods Ltd, with the great support of Eddie Bartnik and other colleagues, he led the development of Local Area Coordination in England and Wales and now also developing new conversations internationally.

Inclusive Neighbourhoods Ltd established and developed the Local Area Coordination Network, initially as part of Inclusive Neighbourhoods and now as part of Community Catalysts CIC https://www.communitycatalysts.co.uk to support the long term development, learning and sustainability of Local Area Coordination in England and Wales.

We are now looking to build a network of relationships, partnerships and shared learning between international Local Area Coordination sites.

He has more than 30 years experience in working in a wide range of statutory and voluntary sector organisations in England, Scotland and Western Australia

This is underpinned by the belief that every person has the right to build and pursue their vision for a good life and that communities are stronger, more welcoming and more self sufficient where all people have the opportunity for to share strengths and expertise and contribute to local community life.

Following his work with local leaders and activists there are some fabulous and powerful stories emerging from Local Area Coordination areas showing people and families building and pursuing their own vision for a good life, building their own resilience and connections, being valued for their contribution and reducing their need for and dependence on formal services.

Ralph is a fellow at the Centre for Welfare Reform and was previously an Honorary Fellow at University of Edinburgh. He studied at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent at Canterbury, completing his MA in Management in Community Care in 2007.

Eddie Bartnik

Eddie Bartnik has been continuously involved in Local Area Coordination from its inception in the late 1980s right through to the present. Further to his early role as state-wide Director of Local Area Coordination in Western Australia, he has been supporting Australian and international developments through his work as a Director of Tamar Consultancy Pty Ltd and his writings. Eddie has held a variety of senior state and national government positions across disability, mental health and community services, including being Western Australia’s first Mental Health Commissioner and Strategic Advisor with the National Disability Insurance Scheme. He is currently International Lead for the International Initiative for Disability Leadership.

Eddie is co-author of the new book ‘Power and Connection: The International Development of Local Area Coordination’.

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