Mrunal Sisodia – CoChair
Tina Emery – CoChair
Lara Roberts – Participation Lead
I am a parent carer with two young people. My 14-year-old son has learning disabilities and communication difficulties, due to having Down Syndrome, he attends a special school. My daughter is 13 years old and attends the local secondary school. While a lot of attention and care goes into looking after my son, my daughter has shown great wisdom for someone of such a young age and I am immensely proud of both of them. My work background is in the NHS, before my children were born I worked as a cardiographer in London. After having children, I completed a BA in History and Irish Studies and then in 2014, I finished a MA in Irish Studies.
Being part of a Parent Carer Forum is very important to me. I believe it is essential to work at grassroots with the Forums (of which I am an active member), as it supports and develops my understanding when I hear direct from the region, and can then bring those issues to the national level. I have seen local Parent Carer Forums evolve into a powerful force over the last five years, and look forward to seeing how their influence develops.
I have been the South East Steering Group member for the last three years, and while it took me a little time to figure out how the National Network of Parent Carer Forums’ Steering Group works, I came to realise that the Steering Group works almost exactly how the local forums work, just at a national level. Outside of the regional work, I have also delivered lectures at the local university to trainee social workers on the importance of the Children and Families Act 2014, as I believe that at the core of this work lies the need to support care professionals right from the beginning of their training to help shape how they communicate and look after families.
You can contact Lara at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org