Barbara McIntosh

Tell us a bit about your background

I’m originally from Canada, and came to the UK as a student to the London School of Economics. I have specialised in learning disability and mental health for twenty five years. I’ve been a Commissioner of Learning Disability services and worked at the Kings Fund and King’s College (London University), leading national programmes.

What made you decide to become a Trustee for Hft?

A previous Hft CEO asked me if I’d be interested, and I was very pleased to accept. At the time, I was already familiar with Hft, and was especially impressed with the work of both the Family Carer Support Service and the Kingston service. I’ve been a Trustee for seven years now, and have enjoyed each and every one of them.

What’s your best ‘Hft moment’?

Seeing the success of Project Search, an employment project in Bradford that Hft has been involved in – but also the positive focus Hft has on working in partnership with families, and seeing dedicated staff going the extra mile.

Barbara says…

“Every day, Hft demonstrates that people can achieve a good quality of life and become part of their local community through supported employment, social relationships, and community participation.”