Innovation up the agenda at Dimensions

Lisa Hopkins

Dimensions, the not-for-profit service provider for people with learning disabilities and autism, has signalled an innovative future by promoting Executive Director of Practice Development, Lisa Hopkins, to the newly created post of Managing Director. She will take up her new role in October.

Chief Executive Steve Scown said, “Lisa is widely regarded as a thought leader within our sector. This promotion reflects her outstanding contribution to improving practice for people with challenging behaviour and complex needs  – both within Dimensions and nationally. I am looking forward to working with her to ensure all of our services are consistently excellent.”

Together with the University of Kent’s Tizard Centre, Hopkins recently led a new piece of research that identifies a set of simple ways to substantially reduce challenging behaviour and increase quality of life.  The innovative experiment will be unveiled shortly and will underpin Dimensions future approach to supporting people.

Beyond her new role, Lisa contributes to many national initiatives, including her recent appointment as the Topic Adviser for NICE on guidance for learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. She is also currently Managing Director of Waymarks and a Trustee of the Autism Schools Trust.

Lisa said, “I am immensely proud of the work Dimensions does and feel fortunate to have contributed to that for the last eight years.  In partnership with families, the organisation is deeply committed to improving the lives of the people we support in so many ways, for example through innovative approaches to support and by fostering ambition to enable people to be active citizens in their local communities.”


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