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Speaker Biography

Christine Lenehan OBE

Christine is Director of the Council for Disabled Children (CDC), she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in January 2009 for her work with disabled children and their families for over thirty years. As Director of CDC and board member of the Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) campaign, Christine has been at the vanguard of her field - raising the policy profile of disabled children and young people.

Christine has worked as a social worker in residential and fieldwork settings and for voluntary and statutory agencies. Christine was a member of the expert working group on the Children’s National Service Framework module on disabled children and was responsible for the development of its consultation programme. She was also on the advisory group for the publication Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People, issued by the Prime Ministers Strategy Unit in January 2005.

Christine currently holds several strategic roles including being a member of the Stakeholders Group looking at implementing Every Disabled Child Matters, the Ministerial Implementation Group for Implementing Aiming High for Disabled Children and the Programme Board overseeing Aiming High for Disabled Children.


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