Steven Rose has worked in services for people with learning disabilities since 1974. After 17 years in the NHS, starting as a Nursing Assistant and finishing as a Director of Nursing, Steven joined Choice Support in 1991 as its Chief Executive and occupied that role until 2017 when he stepped aside to become Chief Development and Innovation Officer exploring new ways of working. His particular interests include Individual Service Funds and establishing direct commissioning relationships with disabled people and their families. Steven left Choice Support in 2018 and is potentially available for fixed term assignments on an employed or consultancy basis.
In addition to being a Fellow of the Centre for Welfare Reform he is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in Learning Disability Research and Policy Development at Buckingham New University and a Fellow of the RSA. In 2015 Steven was awarded the European Society for Person Centred Health Care's (ESPCHC) Platinum medal. This is the Society's highest award for proven outstanding and long term commitment to the person-centered care of people living with profound learning disabilities. In 2017 he was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship of the ESPCHC.
Steven’s vision is of a fairer society with a more equitable distribution of welfare benefits through a system that is designed to hand over control from the state to the individual.
Steven lives in Hampshire and his interests include his family, mountaineering, long distance walking, skiing and travel to remote places. He has completed a number of overland expeditions to North West Africa crossing the Sahara to reach Timbuktu in 2005. Steven and his partner Tracy returned from their most recent expedition, a seven week drive in Morocco and the north of the Sahara, in December 2017.