Joe has been a service user/ survivor for 48 years and an activist for over 30 years. He attended the WNUSP (World Network User and Survivor of Psychiatry) Conference 2009 in Uganda for CRPD (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) human rights. Joe is the co-founder of Footsteps arts charity and a campaigner for reform of mental health care. A fellow of the RSA, board member of ECIL (Ealing Centre for Independent Living), member of Neighbourly Care Partnership, Joe is also CEO of New Vision of Disability.