Management Team

Mrunal Sisodia – CoChair

Tina Emery – CoChair

Jacqui Watt – Participation Lead

You can contact Jacqui at participation@nnpcf.org.uk

Kay Moore – Policy & Consultation Lead

I am married and have two children, James and Luke. Luke is 21 and has autism and a severe learning disability. I live and work in the London Borough of Bromley. When I first got involved with setting up Bromley Parent Voice I had no idea what ‘parent participation’ meant, all I knew is that I wanted to understand ‘the system’ more, I wanted to get to know the professionals who were involved with making decisions about services that affected my son, and I wanted to make things better for children with disabilities and additional needs.

I have been employed by the London Borough of Bromley as the Parent Participation Officer for the past seven years. This role involves supporting the development of Bromley Parent Voice as well as developing good practice amongst practitioners and Local Authority officers in relation to parental involvement.

I am the SEND Reform lead for parent, children and young people involvement in Bromley. Through the Pathfinder programme, I have facilitated and spoken at a number of local and National Conferences to raise awareness of the importance of involving parent carers in the planning and delivery of services at a family, local and national level.

I have just completed a BA in Health & Social Care through the Open University and when time permits I enjoy family days out and holidays!

The personal journey I have been on as a parent of a disabled child has made me stronger. I am passionate about parent participation and wish to you my experience, skills and knowledge to makes things better for others.

You can contact Kay at consultation@nnpcf.org.uk

Richard Hobbs – IT Lead

I am the father of two boys, 14 and 12, both on the Autistic spectrum, one with ADHD and one with behavioural problems. I also have ADHD myself so can empathise with many of my son’s issues. I have worked in health and the social care of young adults with learning disabilities and autism for many years. I was invited to join the forum as a Parent Representative on the strength of my experience at the beginning of 2015.

I have had the privilege of representing the Somerset Parent Carer Forum at both regional and national level. I have greatly benefited from getting the chance to broaden my outlook, improve good practice and align this with the national agenda. I very much feel that if we are to get the best for all children with SEN and Disabilities, then we all need to work together, putting co-production at the very heart. I try constantly to make sure that at every strategic meeting I attend, it is the voices of the parent carers throughout our region being heard and used to shape our services.

You can contact Richard at it@nnpcf.org.uk

Claire Powers – Finance Lead

Hi I’m Claire and I’m married to Trevor and we have two children. My son is 10 and full of enthusiasm (especially about all things Pokemon and Nintendo!) and he attends Mainstream School with full support. He was born extremely prematurely and has cerebral palsy, visual impairment and epilepsy. I also have a younger daughter who is 8 and full of life and really knows her own mind! 

We live in Dudley and I am an active Steering Group member of our borough’s parent carer forum, Working Together For Change, as well as representing Dudley at the West Midlands Regional Parent Carer Forum. I am also a Black Country Public Governor of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospitals.

I am the new Finance and Operations Lead for the NNPCF as part of it’s Management Team and will be working behind the scenes to help the NNPCF move forwards and develop as an organisation.

I previously worked as Head of Operations and IT and later Customer Services for a specialist utility company and I have also ran my own niche fashion business.  I hold a Masters in Business Administration from Cranfield School of Management and I am a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) as well as a qualified HR professional.

You can contact Claire at finance@nnpcf.org.uk

Sue Cawkwell – Administration Lead

Hello, I am Sue, I am married to Keith, we live in a rural village in the East Riding of Yorkshire and have three children and two stepchildren. My eldest child, Josh (30) has profound and multiple disabilities including cerebral palsy, severe learning difficulties, and visual impairment. He also has complex medical needs and has spent a lot of his life in and out of hospital. My youngest child, Charlotte (23) has Rett syndrome, her difficulties are mainly learning and communication. My middle child, Sophie (28) has three little boys, 5-year-old twins and a new baby. Tom and Mae are my stepchildren. Tom (22) is currently at university and Mae (18) is in her final year at sixth form college. Needless to say, we have a busy household! They are all great kids, and I am immensely proud of them all in their own individual ways. Our twin grandsons were diagnosed with autism last year. They are both bundles of energy and light up our lives every day.

I have been involved in parent participation for many years and am currently a member of the East Riding Parent Carer Forum. Supporting parental involvement and driving positive change for children and young people with SEND and their families has been a key part of my personal and professional life.

Professionally I worked as a Regional Director of a national disabled children’s charity for 18 years, covering services in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. I was responsible for setting up and managing a number of services including SENDIASS, key working, early years, play, leisure and short breaks, young people’s advocacy, and parent training programmes.

I am the new administrative lead to the NNPCF, and my role involves supporting the NNPCF’s functions as a community interest company, working with other management team members and the board with my focus being on policies and processes in areas such as HR, legal support, and effective project delivery. I am hoping to use my experience to help develop the NNPCF as an organisation as it moves forward.

You can contact Sue at admin@nnpcf.org.uk

Melissa Chesman – Communications Lead

Hi I’m Melissa I live in Rutland, the smallest county in England.

My husband and I have two children. Our daughter is a dental nurse, and our son has a diagnosis of Autism, ADHD and anxiety. He is currently at college studying electrical installation.

We had such a battle with his education and subsequent diagnosis that I was determined to help other families going through the same confusing, lonely, and extremely frustrating journey. Therefore, when I was asked to join the local parent Carer forum, Rutland Parent Carer Voice in 2016, I jumped straight in (feet first) and joined as the chair.

I previously worked in our local secondary school as a teaching assistant for pupils with SpLD, disabilities and SEND. For the last 17 years I have worked for Rutland County Council in various roles. Including a Youth participation officer, an Information Development officer, responsible for the redesign and update of the Local Offer and creating online content. More recently I have worked in their Communications team, which has prepared me for this exciting new role in the NNPCF management team.

I’m super excited to start work for the NNPCF. My skills and the experience will support the essential work of the NNPCF going forward. Planning and assisting the NNPCF to communicate on local, regional, and national levels will pay an important part of my role. In addition to utilizing the website and social media channels to share government updates, developments in the SEND world, including the imminent release of the SEND review and promoting the important work our parent carer forums do in their local areas is a challenge that I am enthusiastic to get started on. ”

You can contact Melissa at communications@nnpcf.org.uk