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

Richard Jaramba – East Midlands National Representative

Richard is an active member of his forum and has over 10 years experience in the health and social care sector. He is passionate about true social integration, especially for SEND families, into the community.

Jayne Fitzgerald – Yorkshire & Humber National Representative

Jayne has been an active member of the NNPCF for some time having started her local parent carer forum back in 2008.

Over time her role within the forum has evolved from parent representative to strategic lead. She is now also co chair of the regional forum as well as co-lead for the Genuine Partnerships team.

Joyce Brako-Amoafo – London National Representative

Joyce was a part of the development of her local forum and has remained involved, currently in the treasurers post.

Joyce has extensive knowledge of integrated partnerships and coproduction. She strives to improve local, regional, and national services through the work of parent carer forums.

Carol Kelsey – East of England National Representative

Carol has been a part of the parent participation movement since the introduction of the Aiming High agenda in 2007.

Her background in education has been invaluable to supporting her local parent carer forum over the years.

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.

Ruth Hobbs – South West National Representative

Ruth is director 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.

Sherann Hillman – North West National Representative

Sherann has previously been co-chair of the NNPCF and steering group member for the North West Region. She has been part of her local forum since 2008.

Sherann has been a passionate advocate of parent carer participation and the work of forums as well as working at the Seashell Trust in Stockport.

In 2017, Sherann was awarded an MBE for Services to Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Kay Moore – London National Representative

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.

Andrew Howard – South East National Representative

Deanne Shaw – North West National Representative

Deanne is an active member of her local forum and the regional network.

She passionate about ensuring SEND families have choice and control in their lives.

Deanne has specialist knowledge in complex needs and disabilities.