Mr Ralph Broad is Director of Inclusive Neighbourhoods Ltd and Founder of the Local Area Coordination Network 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, including in Ireland and Australia.
Inclusive Neighbourhoods Ltd established and developed the Local Area Coordination Network, initially as part of Inclusive Neighbourhoods and then as a Community Interest Company (CIC) to support the long term development, learning and sustainability of Local Area Coordination in England and Wales.
He has more than 30 years of 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.