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Speaker Biography

Kathryn Stone OBE

Kathryn is Chief Executive of VOICE UK, a national charity that supports people with learning disabilities who have been abused. VOICE UK also supports their parents and carers.

Before joining VOICE UK, Kathryn was Principal Inspector for Milton Keynes Council and Head of Inspection for the London Boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham and Barking & Dagenham, responsible for the regulation of residential, nursing and day care. She also worked as an independent inspector for 8 local authorities across the UK.

Kathryn has experience of child protection, training, counselling and supporting people with mental health needs. Kathryn is involved with the development of the Intermediary scheme with the Home Office. She is a member of the Home Office Victims Advisory Panel, Her particular interests in this context are violent crimes against women and children.

Kathryn is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Leadership in Public Services. She has written widely on a number of topics in social care and contributed chapters to books about adult protection and the criminal justice system.
She has given evidence to two Home Affairs Select Committee inquiries

Kathryn was awarded an OBE in 2007 for her services to people with learning disabilities and was made a Chartered Director by the Institute of Directors in 2008 and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors in 2009.

Kathryn led a management review of circumstances at a residential special school in 2008.


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