Hilary Crowhurst

Executive Director of Operations and Development

Tell us a bit about your background

I have more than 25 years’ experience managing and developing services for people with a learning disability, 18 of which have been at director level.

Before joining Hft I spent three years as Operations Director for learning disability service provider Consensus and prior to that was a Regional Director for Sense, a charity helping deafblind people in the UK. I’ve also been a trustee for the Association for Real Change (ARC), a membership organisation offering support, training, and information to service providers supporting people with learning disabilities in the UK. 

What’s your best ‘Hft moment’?

My best moment was celebrating our very first Fusion Awards. They showed just how far we had come as an organisation since the creation and implementation of the Fusion Model of Support, demonstrating the real ‘fusion’ between our operations and support teams; together, people were using skills, experience and structured support to radically change and improve the lives of people with learning disabilities.

Hilary says…

“Six years after the scandal of Winterbourne View, despite all the rhetoric and best intentions, very little has changed for the majority of people with a learning disability who find themselves in Assessment and Treatment units.

“We at Hft are working hard to change this and are working in partnership with local authorities to move people back into the community, with initiatives such as our Expert Practitioner Model. We are determined that this will transform the delivery of social care – achieving great outcomes for people with learning disabilities while also being financially sustainable.”