National Reps

The National Representatives Team provide vital support to the NNPCF by attending meetings and events on behalf of the NNPCF and its member forums feeding back key information and actions required. The team has a collection of skills and experience that range from public sector services (including social service staff and teachers) to information technology specialists and nurses. All of them are, of course, parent carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.

Between them they represent the views of our member parent carer forums across many meetings and events that the NNPCF are invited to be part of. They are supported by our Participation Lead who offers them guidance on the meetings and events to help them prepare effectively and works closely with the Co-Chairs to manage the work streams we participate in.

The National Reps Team is made up of all the NNPCF Steering Group Members and a selection of parent carer forum representatives from within each of the NNPCF membership regions.

How to become a national representative:

To become a national rep you need to be a strategic member of your local parent carer forum. This could be in any position, such as chair, treasurer, or parent carer representative, paid or voluntary. You do need to have the support of your forum when applying to be a part of our national representatives team. This is because of the nature of the role, you may need to travel and have portions of time where you are not available to your local forum. Although we support you to balance this, your forum need to be aware of the commitment this role may require of you. You will also need the support of your Regional Steering Group Member.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from the West Midlands and East Midlands regions in particular, but welcome applications from any Parent Carer Forum Representative.

For further information, please email


East of England

Carol Kelsey – East of England National Representative

Jo Harrison – East of England National Representative

Silvia Jenkins – East of England National Representative

Sarah Conboy – East of England National Representative

South East

South West

Ruth Hobbs – South West National Representative

Ruth is CEO of her local forum. She has a child with a range of additional needs.

She is also and SEN governor and strives to improve lives for families in her local area. This has led to her involvement in regional activities.

Richard Hobbs – South West National Representative

Richard has a background working in health and social care.

He has a particular interest in Autism, ADHD, and related additional needs.

Richard has been a parent carer representative since 2015 in his local area.

Claire David – South West National Representative

Claire has been an active member in her local forum since 2015 and is the Vice chair of the steering group. She has a child with a range of needs she is very keen on helping families to improve their children’s lives in education.

Jacqui Watt – South West National Representative

Kenton Mee – South West National Representative

East Midlands

West Midlands

Sarah Thomas West Midlands National Representative

Heather Delaney – West Midlands National Representative

Heather is the Chair and a Director of her local forum. She has two children with a range of additional needs. Heather is passionate about working together to improve outcomes for all children.

North East

Carla Scaife – North East National Representative

Helen Bailey – North East National Representative

North West

Sam Jones – North West National Representative

Yorkshire & Humber

Karen Hoe – Yorkshire & Humber National Representative

Karen has over 10 years experience working in the health and social care sector.  She has been part of her forum for a number of years.

Her working background has ranged from retail management to charity sector support work.

Karen is coordinator for her local forum as well as an active parent representative.