Jill Davies, Research Programme Manager

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Jill has worked for the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities since April 2002. Her role as Research Programme Manager largely involves working on projects relating to children and young people with learning disabilities. The majority of her work is spread across the many aspects of project management, ranging from identifying areas of research, obtaining funding, recruiting an advisory board, right through to the development of outputs at the end and the project’s dissemination.

Jill has worked with people with learning disabilities for over 20 years. She previously managed a family support service for children with autism and also worked as a Nurse Therapist on a specialist team for children and young people at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley hospitals.

Jill has a number of academic achievements that supplement her expert insight into the field of learning disabilities. She is a Registered Nurse for People with Learning Disabilities (RNLD), holds a BSc Degree in Psychology, and has recently published "What Kind of a Future for Young People with Down’s Syndrome? The Views and Concerns of their Families" (2010).

Jill represents the FPLD on a number of groups, including the Chair of the Transition Information Network steering group, the PMLD network, and the Challenging Behaviour National Strategy Group.

Outside of work, Jill’s biggest passion is travel and she takes great joy in planning a holiday. She also enjoys walking in the countryside, doing Ashtanga yoga and cooking.

Jill's Blog

  • Published 16 June 2015
      This year’s theme for the Mencap led Learning Disability Week is ‘hear my voice’. This is very timely because Mencap and numerous other organisations have worked really hard during the past year to ensure people with learning disabilities understand their role in the voting system and for politicians to take note of this group. […]
  • Published 19 March 2015
      We are now half-way through our four year, Big Lottery funded project When I Grow Up developing employment for young people with learning disabilities. The project brings together schools, families and local employers to improve the chances of young people moving into work after leaving school or college. The programme works with schools and colleges in […]
  • Published 30 May 2014
    Children with complex needs face barriers to exercising their basic human rights. These individuals need a platform for change, to ensure they are supported to overcome such obstacles.
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