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Gail Petty, Advocacy and Voice Lead

Gail Petty

Gail leads the Advocacy Programme at NDTi, overseeing our work supporting the independent advocacy community. She has worked in the public sector since the late 1980s.

Her passion for advocacy and influencing change in health and social care began when she became a Citizen Advocate in the mid-1990s. She worked in a range of direct support roles such as intensive interaction practitioner, support worker and personal assistant before moving on to spend 10 years delivering, managing and developing independent advocacy services across London and the South East. Gail then took on a range of development roles, focusing on the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act, Personalisation, asset based and outcome focused commissioning, , the roll-out and innovative use of Personal Budgets and the reshaping of Adult Social Care . She’s supported local authorities, NHS, community sector organisations and private providers to translate policy and legislation to strategy and best practice, using co-productive approaches to enable individuals to have increased choice, control, and agency in their lives.

She has been Advocacy Lead and QPM Manager at NDTi since July 2015. She oversees The Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM) Programme, Advocacy Awareness Week and NDTi’s other advocacy related activity, researching and supporting the delivery of high-quality independent advocacy.

Her work is underpinned by an unerring belief in inclusion and social justice, individuality, community, reciprocity, rights, and the importance of each person’s voice. She is an advocate for independent advocacy and believes that the power and impact of high quality, person led advocacy can be transformative.

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