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Friday, 20th October 2023

St. Helier Town Hall

Presentation Slides

Presentation Videos


09:00 am


Refreshments on arrival

09:30 am

Our host for the day, Megan O’Connor, Director Care College will open the conference and set the scene for the day’s activities

09:40 am
Oliver’s Story

With Paula McGowan OBE

The Oliver McGowan Training on Learning Disability and Autism 

With Phillipa Spicer, Regional Director at Health Education England 

11:00 am
Q&As with Paula McGowan OBE & Phillipa Spicer
11:15 am
Morning Break

Refreshments provided

11:45 pm
Let’s Talk Autism

With Assumpta Finn

12:00 pm
Autism: A Lived Experience

With James Montgomery

12:15 pm
Let’s Talk Learning Disability

With Shelley McFarling

12:30 PM
Learning Disability: A Lived Experience

With Bernardo

12:45 PM


Buffet lunch provided by Beresford Street Kitchen

13:30 PM
quality of life for those with a Learning disability


With Dr Darren Bowring

14:00 PM
Health Needs of People with Intellectual Disability from a Social vs Medical Model Perspective


With Dr Martin McMahon

14:30 PM
Afternoon Break


Refreshments provided

15:00 PM
Strategy – Jersey


With Assumpta Finn & Lesley Harrison

15:20 PM


15:40 PM



Paula McGowan OBE
Paula McGowan OBE

Disability, Equality, & Human Rights Activist

Paula is a Multi Award-winning Activist who campaigns for equality of Health and Social Care for Intellectually Disabled and or Autistic people. She is an ambassador for several charities and organisations.

In 2018, Paula successfully launched a parliamentary petition asking for doctors and nurses in England to receive mandatory training in Learning Disability and Autism awareness. As a direct consequence Government announced that Health and Social Care staff would receive The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in Learning Disability and Autism.

Dr. Darren Bowring
Dr. Darren Bowring

Associate Director Mental Health and Wellbeing at Government of Jersey

Darren is Associate Director for Mental Health and Wellbeing at the Government of Jersey. Darren has over 25 years’ experience in promoting quality of life and Positive Behavioural Support approaches.

Darren is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, University of Warwick; a member of the Sharland Foundation Developmental Disabilities Behaviour Analytic Research and Impact Group; a consultant for British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD); and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Positive Behaviour Support

Darren’s research has focused on Positive Behavioural Support (PBS), Quality of Life and medication use, with a PhD in Psychology, MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and an M(Ed) in Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. Darren has published a number of research papers and book chapters on PBS and Intellectual Disability and presented at many international research conferences.

Lesley Harrison
Lesley Harrison

Head of Charitable Services, Autism Jersey

Lesley holds responsibility for the leadership and operational management of Autism Jersey Charitable Services. This role is key to ensuring that Autism Jersey can deliver the best possible service, both to meet the changing needs of members and to identify new partnerships, collaborations, and resources. As a member of the Senior Management Team, Lesley plays a full and proactive role in delivering the Autism Jersey strategic plan by leading and developing our charitable services and activities. Autism Jersey Charitable Services are designed to provide autistic individuals, their families, and carers with an immediate response and a range of ongoing support that is not funded by the Government but is free at the point of delivery.

Shelley McIntyre
Shelley McIntyre

Team Lead, Les Amis

Dr. Martin McMahon
Dr. Martin McMahon

Assistant Professor in Intellectual Disability Nursing at Trinity College, Dublin

Dr Martin McMahon (BNSc, MSc, H.Dip, PGCE, PhD) is an Assistant Professor in Intellectual Disability Nursing at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin. Martin’s background is in nursing, and he is a registered nurse in the intellectual disability, children’s and tutors’ division.

Martin has worked with people with intellectual disabilities for over 20 years in a variety of clinical, facilitative and research roles and his primary research area of interest is the health inequalities and inequities that people with intellectual disability experience.

Martin is part of the management team of The Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability (TCAID) at Trinity College Dublin. TCAID is an international and multi-disciplinary research centre examining key issues, informing policy and debate at the national and local levels for people with intellectual disability.

James Montgomery
James Montgomery

Learning & Development Executive, Crestbridge

James is a champion of Neurodiversity. He shares his first-hand experience of working on the Autistic Spectrum and how this has not stopped him from enjoying careers in motorsport engineering, virtual reality, retail, cruise ships and his current role in finance. One thing that has not changed is his need for reasonable adjustments, and James is passionate about educating how “quick wins” can be implemented and how simple changes have positively impactful outcomes for him and his team. He actively encourages people to “just have a conversation” on Neurodiversity, which has been critical in erasing stigma and creating an inclusive environment where everyone has the best chance of unlocking their potential.

Assumpta Finn
Assumpta Finn

Team Manager and Lead for Autism and Learning Disability

Assumpta is a clinical specialist in the field of Autism having worked with Autistic individuals for many years. She has been responsible for a number of Autism developments in Jersey including leading on accreditation of government services. She is qualified in business management, nursing, behaviourism, and Autism. She is currently focused on the diagnosis of Autism in the Adult population.

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Megan O'Connor

Director, Care College

Megan is a registered nurse with a background in Trauma, Acute Care, Orthopaedics, and Older Adult Care.

Megan holds Nursing and Midwifery Council tutor status, a Master in Education, and a Registered Manager’s Award. She is also a senior First Aid instructor.



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