Chief Executive Officer

Carole Harder


Carole is an experienced executive and a qualified teacher. She took up her post at the Foundation seven years ago after spending most of her career in the NHS, most recently as Director of Community Services for Durham and Darlington Community Health Service.

Originally from Sunderland, Carole’s career has included work as a health promotion officer, director posts covering quality and service delivery, primary care and GP commissioning.

She has an MBA and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Through her work she has experienced both operational management and organisational development whilst maintaining a focus of the needs of the people who use the services.

Welcome from Carole Harder

I would like to welcome you and thank you for taking the time to find out more about the Foundation. As the Chief Executive I feel very honoured to be leading a very special organisation recognised nationally and internationally as leading the way in the provision of specialist, high quality, and innovative services for disabled people.

The Foundation provides specialist, primary, secondary and post-16 education services, alongside a wide variety of day opportunities for adults. These services are augmented by residential services, an employability service, a sports academy and a range of training courses and workshops for parents and professionals.

Our work transforms lives through innovative, high quality services. We pride ourselves that everyone who accesses our services has an individual and personalised programme, tailored to their needs. We challenge disabled people to achieve ambitious outcomes.

On this website, you will find details about the organisation, our unique range of services, new project updates and how you can support the work of the charity. If you have any questions or would like to visit we would love to hear from you.

I hope that you can support us to achieve great things