meet the steering group
I have two daughters with additional needs and have been involved directly with the SEND system since 1998. I have been involved with OxPCF since the send reforms in 2014, where I have navigated Statements and EHCP’s, mainstream and special.
I am a passionate advocate for send families and believe strongly in the importance of empowering Parent Carers and working co productively with the Local Authority. Providing opportunities for young people and families to share their experiences of living with a special educational need or disability is a powerful tool that can be used to improve services.
I have an autistic son who also lives with severe anxiety and OCD.
We have lived in Oxfordshire for over 20 years and have 15 years experience of journeying through the SEND system.
I have worked in the voluntary sector for over 25 years and have been involved as a public contributor in health and social care research for over 15 years. I think it is really important that people are actively involved in their community and that they help develop and design the services they use so those services have a better chance of making a real difference.
I am OxPCF’s Forum Coordinator, the face behind the emails and I have been working for the forum since the launch in 2018.
Alongside this job role, I work as a Family Support Worker for the forum’s partner organisation, Oxfordshire Family Support Network.
I am a parent to two boys, my youngest (age 9) was born with a rare chromosome disorder and has complex care needs. Being part of a team to help make a difference and improve services throughout Oxfordshire means a lot to me and I am passionate about equality and inclusion.
Steering Group Member
I am mum to an amazing ASD son. Unfortunately his education has been plagued with school exclusions, so it is now my main mission to try and ensure that parent and child experiences are shared with the professionals that can, hopefully change this practice in our schools.
I feel passionate about supporting our SEND children to ensure that they are not penalised because of their challenges and are given opportunities to thrive, like every child should.
I also work in the NHS, and have a good understanding and relationship with some of the staff, so hope that means that I can bring both a personal and professional perspective to the work that we do.
Steering Group Member
I have two children, and the youngest, Sebastian, has an acquired brain injury following an accident as a baby. Sebastian has always been in mainstream education with a lot of support and is now in the Foundation Department at a FE College in Hampshire learning Horticulture.
I became involved with Oxfordshire Parent Carer Forum as I believe it is really important for the views and concerns of parent carers to be heard and our input can - and does - help influence decisions on SEND provision in the county.
I am particularly interested in post-16 education and social care provision and feel strongly that a learning disability should not limit a young person’s aspirations and choices. I have been a parent representative on several OCC boards concerned with SEN and disability, including the Moving into Adulthood group whose co-produced report helped shape the creation of dedicated post-16 teams in both education and social care.
“I wouldn’t change you for the world, but I’ll change the world for you.”