Our Trustees

Carrie Briggs-Jones (Chair)

Carrie first joined WSPCF when she moved to West Sussex in 2010, having been through the tribunal process for her son Harry to secure the support he needed at school. She found it a lonely and difficult process so she was glad to find and join a group of friendly, diverse, passionate and caring individuals who not only want to make life that little bit easier for parent carers but also bring them closer to professionals and providers to make things better for everyone. Fast forward a few years and she is proud to have been Chair of the organisation for a second tenure – bringing knowledge and experience of a varied career in finance and banking and her personal experience as a parent carer to the table to lead an amazing team of staff and volunteers who make the Forum what it is today.

Lindsey Butterfield

Lindsey has been involved with the Forum since its early days, as she felt isolated after her son was diagnosed. The Forum gave her the opportunity to learn and develop her confidence as well as giving her the support she needed.

Having worked for Autism Sussex, WSCC Short Breaks, and Amaze, Lindsey brings a huge wealth of practical knowledge to the table, as well as experience of running a successful charity, having been the founder of Worthing group ‘Parents For Autism’.

Her current role as Trustee for WSPCF enables Lindsey to focus on developing the way the charity moves forward, and she is proud of its history and how it has grown over the years.

Lindsey is passionate about helping other parent carers and is pleased that she can use what she has learnt first-hand to help other parent carers in their own journey.

Jacqui Parfitt

Jacqui brings her experience of the voluntary sector and children’s commissioning to her role as a trustee. She is passionate about ensuring SEND children and young adults have the best opportunity for a full and rewarding life in a community and health and social care system that enables them to achieve.

The day to day running of WSPCF is down to our CEO, Val Evans and her team. You can find out more about their roles on our Contact page.

Helen Merrick

Our newest trustee is Helen Merrick. Bio to follow.