Les has a son with a learning disability and has been involved in developing support mechanisms since 2000 when his family and three others first received Direct Payments. At that time the local authority offered no support, so the four families decided to design their own support system. Since then Les has been involved in assisting others to form their own groups in the UK, where he has worked on Direct Payments and Peer Support. He has also spent 4 weeks per annum for the last 8 years in Australia, where he assisted in setting up the first Direct Payments system. Following this Les has worked with families in Australia assisting and advising those in need of support services. Les served on the National Task Force, he has also served on the National Valuing Families Forum, and is a graduate of Partners in Policymaking. Les has given presentations on Direct Payments and Peer Support nationally and in Australia.