Editorial Team

Publisher - Rosemary Trustam

rosemaryBefore joining Community Living as publisher in 2011, Rosemary was CEO of Integrate, a pioneering charity founded in the late 1970s with the help of the late David Brandon, this magazine’s first editor. Integrate’s vision was based on the philosophy of normalisation, made reality in the resettlement of people from long-stay hospitals into ordinary housing in Preston.

During her 28 years at Integrate, Rosemary was responsible for expanding its work in several areas, including employment schemes and partnership with UCLAN to train social work students and inspire them to pursue a career in learning disabilities. Since becoming publisher, Rosemary has introduced community care lawyer Belinda Schwehr (see below) who has taken our editorial coverage in a new and vital area at a time of cutbacks in our services.

Editor - Simon Jarrett

Simon was appointed editor in March 2017, having been arts editor for several years. Under his editorship the focus of the magazine is on the full human and citizenship rights of people with learning disabilities

He holds a PhD in history from Birkbeck, University of London. His subject was the history of ‘idiocy’ in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. As well as editing Community Living he lectures and writes on history. He is the author of several published essays and articles and a forthcoming book on the history of disability.

Previously he worked for many years in organisations and projects supporting people with learning disabilities and people on the autistic spectrum. He was an advisor to local authorities, the Department of Health and local health trusts.

Consultant Editor - Elinor Harbridge


Elinor launched Community Living in 1987 with the help of David Brandon. Under this direction, the magazine introduced service brokerage and developed the early ideas of direct payments. Later, Elinor brought education specialist Dan Hobbs from the States to run Gentle Teaching seminars and workshops.

Under the Elfrida Society’s management, from 2005 until April 2011, the magazine developed its coverage to give more emphasis to the service user’s perspective. Elinor’s career has included editorial roles on Community Care, World Medicine, the Remedial Therapist and The Professional Nurse. She also launched and edited a speech and language therapy magazine.

Jo Clare


Jo Clare has been Chief Executive of Three Cs since July 2008. Three Cs stands for ‘Control and Choice in the Community for people with learning disabilities and/or mental health problems’.

The charity supports people to have control over and choice about their lives and to contribute to the community as equal citizens. It provides supported living, outreach, transitions and social inclusion services in London and the South East.


Noelle Blackman


Noelle is the Director at Respond.





Tony Bamforth


Tony is the Chief Executive at The Elfrida Society.





Gill Levy


Gill qualified as a social worker and worked with children and adults with learning difficulties for over 25 years. She has worked for RNIB and SeeAbility, developing information services for people with learning difficulties and their supporters.

She writes leaflets and articles about eye care, and also about blind and partially sighted people with learning difficulties



Jo Adshead

Jo took up the post of Executive Director at Northern based Linkability in September 2016. Linkability has 30 years of experience in providing community based support for older children and adults whatever their ability.

Jo was previously an Assistant Director at Linkability and social worker for an integrated learning disability team. Jo holds both Learning Disability Nurse and Social Work registration. Her passion arose following the birth of her oldest child Ben who had life limiting and complex learning and physical disabilities.


Sue Pemberton


Sue has 31 years experience of working with adults who have learning disabilities and a lifetime of family experiences as she has a brother who has learning disabilities, who lives at home and is supported by his family.

Sue began her career in 1980 in the voluntary sector, and has experience of Residential Care, Day Services and Supported Living all within the field of learning disabilities . Sue is a qualified Social Worker and has worked at Integrate (Preston & Chorley) Ltd for 17 years where she is the current CEO.

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Legal Correspondent - Belinda Schwehr


Belinda Schwehr, LLM, is Legal Framework Trainer & Consultant with Care and Health Law. She has extensive experience as a barrister and solicitor, teaching public law and now runs the legal website www.careandhealthlaw.com. She offers independent legal and training consultancy about the legal framework underpinning social care.

She has advised the Ombudsman’s services, the ADASS, NAFAO, as well as a range of providrs and has been to over 50 health and care bodies to provide topical updates on the full range of policy, practice and performance issues, related to personalisation and the Putting People First agenda. Belinda’s specialist topics are the current cuts and the legal pitfalls councils can fall into if they are not up to speed with legal developments.

Sally Warren


Sally is the managing director at Paradigm and consults extensively across the UK, and in Europe and the USA in developing better community services for people with learning difficulties.





Julie Ridley


Julie Ridley is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) which runs the country’s largest social work teaching and research programme outside the Open University. One of UCLan’s longest standing links is with Community Living’s sponsors Integrate and Linkability which have offered placements, training and inputs into teaching.

In the 1970s, Julie’s family fostered children including one little girl, Claire, who had Down’s Syndrome. Claire lived for just three years. Julie says: “This opened my eyes to the individuality of children with disabilities and the importance of social inclusion”.

Julie has a further link with the magazine as she worked as a research assistant at North West MIND with the late David Brandon, our first editor.

Beth Tarleton


Beth Tarleton is Research Fellow at the Norah Fry Research Centre in Bristol.

Her main interest is in parents with learning difficulties and she has been involved in several research projects and published papers on the subject. She co-ordinates the Working Together with Parents Network, a free network for professionals working with parents with learning difficulties and their children. The Network aims to improve policy and practice in supporting parents with learning difficulties (www.right-support.org.uk)

Beth has also undertaken research in transition, respite care, easy information and supported housing.

Her other interests include inclusive research and the development of accessible information.

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