Owen Cooper

Owen was Chief Executive of IAS from 1998 to 2011, and is now Chair of Trustees of the newly formed charity, as well as doing some freelance work.. Owen  previously worked in Learning Disability Services in New York and for Social Services Departments in Greater Manchester since 1981.  Owen spent the first 15 years of his career supporting people to move on from institutions to group homes, and the last 15 years helping people to move on to places of their own, having control over whether they lived with anyone else or not. Providing opportunities for people to demonstrate their capacity and resourcefulness is central to Owen’s thinking, as is ensuring we only provide the support that is necessary for people to live an ordinary life.  As well as work, Owen loves to travel, to be in the great outdoors, to cook and to be with friends and family.

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