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Meet the Team

Rowan  

Chief Executive Officer

Rowan has a 10-year-old son with additional needs. She joined the forum in March 2020 as Team Manager, becoming the CEO in March 2023. She enjoys being outdoors, family BBQ’s and music festivals. Rowan is a Southeast Regional Parent Carer Forum representative and also sits on the Regional Steering group.

Rachel 

Team Manager

Rachel joined West Sussex Parent Carer Forum in June 2023, coming from a background in SEND teaching and youthwork. Rachel has two children, one of whom is autistic and has mental health support needs. She joined the forum to use her lived experiences to support and empower parent carer voice.

Linda  

Coproduction Lead (Health)

Linda joined the forum following retirement from the NHS where she was General Manager for Child Development Services. Linda supports the forum with health-related projects and liaising with wider stakeholders; ensuring parent carer views are listened to and heard, thus enabling services to move forward through coproduction and full engagement.

 Clare  

Coproduction Coordinator 

Clare is mum to four children. The eldest has complex needs and the youngest is dyslexic and has a sensory processing difference. I have been with the Forum since November 2022. I have an admin and events background and experience as a Specialist TA. In my spare time I enjoy gardening.  

Hannah  

Coproduction Coordinator 

Hannah is mum to a little boy who is autistic, has ADHD and associated difficulties. Hannah’s background is in social work and mental health services. Hannah uses both lived and professional experience to shape the way she works with services to improve outcomes for children, young people and their carers.  

Ellie

 Coproduction Coordinator 

Ellie has two autistic teenagers (one at school, one home educated due to their needs). They also have various difficulties such as dyspraxia and auditory processing disorder. Ellie was diagnosed with autism and ADHD herself in her late twenties/early thirties and is keen to use her experiences to help other families and improve services.

Teresa

 Office Coordinator & Communications

Teresa has two children, the youngest has additional needs along with a hearing impairment. They have a bouncy Cocker Spaniel and a fluffy Ragdoll cat. After learning about the world of SEND through her own family experiences, Teresa joined the forum, hoping to help support other families and to make a positive difference.  

Jane  

Coproduction Coordinator 

Jane has recently moved to West Sussex, with her 2 children, after chairing her local PCF in Sutton for 14 years.  She has a son with autism and associated difficulties. Jane is enjoying working with our SEND families and the local area to ensure services are designed to meet our needs. Jane is currently our post 16 coordinator.

Jodi

 Coproduction Coordinator

Jodi is mum to a nine year old boy who has Autism and is on the assessment pathway for ADHD. Jodi’s background is in education, working both in Mainstream and Specialist schools for the past nineteen years. Jodi is a passionate advocate for SEN children and their parents/carers – something she hopes to utilise in her role, using both lived experience and professional knowledge and skills as a basis for this. In her spare time Jodi enjoys running (hobbling) comedy and walking the family dog Winnie.

Francesca

 Participation Lead

Francesca lives with her husband and three children aged 11, 6 and 1. Her eldest daughter spent the first four years of her life having both absence & tonic clinic seizures. Her son has a range of gastro medical conditions as well as having ARFID, sensory processing differences and he is currently being assessed for an ASC (Autistic Spectrum Condition) diagnosis. Having qualified as a primary school teacher Francesca spent many years working in the Early Years as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator, making sure that every child is given the opportunity they so rightly deserve to reach their full potential.
Francesca is passionate to
Ensure no family ever feels isolated, alone or afraid to speak out for their child and to make sure each and every one is listened to!

Lara 

Participation Officer

Lara has two children. The youngest is a four year old son who is Autistic, has severe global development delay, has a learning disability and is non verbal. Lara joined the Forum in January 2023 after entering the whole new world of SEND after having her son and wants to help other families in similar positions.

Lucie

 Participation Officer

Lucie is mum to a child with a diagnosis of Autism with PDA, ADHD, Tic Disorder, SPD, Hypermobility, and some specific Learning Disabilities. They have a dog – a very handsome Greek Hare hound rescue. Lucie joined the forum to share her lived experience as a parent carer, to make a positive difference to families with children and young people with SEND.

Emma

 Participation Officer

Emma has two older step children aged 27 and 25 and two younger children aged 11 and 8. Emma’s 11-year-old has a diagnosis of Autism, is awaiting assessment for ADHD and has mental health support needs. Her 8-year-old has a diagnosis of dyslexia and is awaiting assessments for ADHD and Autism also. Emma though her own lived experiences is passionate in helping empower other parents and carers in similar situations to find and have their voices heard in order to help them navigate the often-challenging world of SEND

Hannah

Participation Officer  

Hannah has worked for the Intensive Planning Team in West Sussex for the last two years supporting children, families and the networks around them to achieve positive outcomes. She lives at home with her husband, two children and their cat Arlo! Hannah’s family has personal experience of living with Neurodiversity and she is passionate about spreading awareness and advocating for children and their families.

Board of Trustees

The role of the the board is to help shape the direction of the forum. The parent led board, meets at least once every half term to review the strategic plan and the running of the charity. Some of the board also act as parent carer representatives attending meetings and events.

John

 Chairperson

 John has a grown-up son with SEND and knows the importance of getting the right support so that children and young people can live happy and fulfilling lives. Professionally, John is a Chief Technology Officer at a large IT company and was also formerly Chair of Governors at a Special School. In his own time, John enjoys walks with his wife and their Labrador, as well as music and photography.

Maria 

Treasurer

Maria joined the Forum as a volunteer in 2014 and became our first Participation Officer in 2016.  In 2022, Maria moved from operations to join the Trustee Board as Treasurer. Maria lives in Mid Sussex with her partner and two sons, the youngest with additional needs. Maria uses her lived experience to help others and is determined to ensure the parent carer voice is heard, recognised and valued.

Lindsey

 Trustee

Lindsey has been part of the forum since 2007 as a parent rep and now sits on the Board of Trustees. She has a son who has Autism and ADHD.  Lindsey works full-time for WSCC as part of the Intensive Planning Team. During her spare time, she loves to walk her bouncy German shepherd and swimming.

 

Natasha 

Trustee

Natasha has an adult son who is autistic and attended specialist provision. Natasha is a retired Head of School and has over twenty-six years’ experience working in the educational sector. Natasha also sits on the SENDIAS steering group.

Samantha 

Trustee

Being a trustee of WSPCF is an honour as it enables me to be part of a community that will fully supports our SEND Young People and families to have a voice and be active participants in shaping services going forward. I am proud to play such an important role in ensuring that the charity I am passionate about achieves its aims and objectives moving forward.