Dr Ann Craft’s work on disability was ahead of its time through the 80s and 90s.
Ann was a passionate advocate for people with disabilities to be seen as people first with the same hope and dreams as others in society.
1992 – NAPSAC
In 1992, the National Association for the Protection from Sexual Abuse of Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities (NAPSAC) was established by Dr Ann Craft.
NAPSAC was the leading organisation for promoting sexuality and independence and created a new way of thinking for practitioners and organisations around the needs of the people they supported. NAPSAC introduced sex education and safeguarding policies for services across Nottinghamshire and nationally became a champion for the rights of people with learning disabilities.
1997 – Pam Cooke & the Ann Craft Trust
In 1997, Pam Cooke was appointed Director and in 1998 NAPSAC relaunched as the Ann Craft Trust (ACT) in recognition of the enormous impact of Dr Ann Craft’s work in the field and to reflect the broadening of ACT’s remit to include safeguarding from all types of abuse.
Pam Cooke was appointed Director and developed ACT to become nationally renowned as a safeguarding expert and an advocate for equality and the rights of children with disabilities and adults at risk.
2002 – Dr Deborah Kitson
In 2002, Pam retired after 10 years. Dr Deborah Kitson was appointed CEO.
Over the next 15 years, Deborah transformed ACT into the flourishing and widely respected organisation it is today through hard work, determination and through inspiring not only the ACT team but others across the social work sector and beyond.
Deborah retired in 2023, but continues to support The Ann Craft Trust, and to honour Ann Craft’s enduring legacy.
2023 – Stuart Sale
In 2023, Stuart Sale took over from Deborah Kitson as CEO of The Ann Craft Trust.
Stuart has worked in Adult Social Care since 2001. During this time, he worked closely with the Ann Craft Trust as an associate trainer, conference speaker and has also delivered university lectures on behalf of the Trust.