Steering group

Tina Emery – Co Chair & South West Regional Steering Group Member

Tina was elected to the regional steering group role in 2017, she is currently one of the directors of Somerset Parent Carer Forum. Tina was elected as co-chair in summer 2019.

Tina has a background in education and residential social care and is very active in strategic work both locally and now regionally.Tina has a teenage son with autism, dyslexia, and hyper-sensory disorder.

To contact Tina, please email

Sarah Clarke – Co Chair & South East Regional Steering Group Member

Sarah was elected to the regional steering group role in early 2020, and was elected as co-chair in spring 2023.

Sarah was previously the chair of her local parent carer forum in Wokingham for many years, and continues to hold a lead role within the forum.  Sarah is very active in strategic work locally, regionally, and nationally.

Sarah has two teenagers with Autism, who have vastly different needs and diagnoses.

Sarah was previously an office manager but retrained as holistic practitioner when her children were small to help support their needs.  Sarah has also been a governor at her local primary and secondary schools.

To contact Sarah, please email

Richard Jaramba – East Midlands Regional Steering Group Member

Richard has been an active member of the local and East Midlands Regional Forum.

He brings a wealth of experience from the Voluntary sector and over ten years in the health and social care sector.

Richard has a passion for social integration and especially for SEN children and their families in the community.

To contact Richard, please email

Elaine – West Midlands Regional Steering Group Member

Elaine is a member of the Warwickshire PCF and works within the West Midlands region. She is part her NCT regional team, doing national strategic work on their behalf.

To contact Elaine, please email

Kath Bromfield – North West Regional Steering Group Member

Kath joined the steering group in 2017 but has been part of her own forum for some time, currently as chair.

Kath is a person centred planner, expert by experience, and a trainer across many parts of the SEND arena. Her depth of understanding of inclusion and coproduction has been an asset to the steering group.

She has four children, is an active member of her local community, and is governor at a local secondary school. Kath has worked in education, as a teacher, in the past.

To contact Kath, please email

Jayne Fitzgerald – Yorkshire & Humber Regional Steering Group Member

Jayne has previously been co-chair of the Yorkshire & Humber Regional Forum and is currently the strategic manager of her local parent carer forum .

She has been a national representative for NNPCF prior to joining the steering group and is passionate about the lived experience of SEN children and their families having direct impact on policy and process.

Jayne has 10 years active experience of working strategically, locally, regionally and nationally within SEN circles to ensure the voice of the child/young person and family is central to developments.

She has 6 children, 4 of whom are diagnosed with a range of neurodiverse conditions, sensory processing disorder, autism, adhd, dyslexia. Jayne is also a long-term foster carer for a child with severe learning disabilities, autism, sensory processing disorder and trauma and attachment difficulties.

To contact Jayne, please email

Jilly Russell – North East & Cumbria Regional Steering Group Member

I’m Cumbria born and bred and a mother of two very different daughters both with very different needs.

I am fascinated with all things sensory, equality and inclusion.

I love to support everyone’s unique personalities and strengths and am also partial to a Malteser or several!

To contact Jilly, please email

Ros Luff – London Regional Steering Group Member

Ros was heavily engaged within the pathfinder programme prior to the implementation of the SEND Reforms.

Within her local forum Ros has worked on improving partnerships locally and the implementation of the Care Act and Children and Families Act.

To contact Ros, please email

Claire Richmond – London Regional Steering Group Member

Claire is the newest member of the London Region Team and joined the NNPCF Steering Group in September 2022.  Originally from Salford, Claire moved to London 20 years ago to attend the Royal Academy of Music and has been there ever since.

In addition to being a musician and a mum, Claire chairs her local Parent Carer Forum and is a passionate advocate of the value of co-production.

To contact Clare, please email

Jo Harrison East of England Regional Steering Group Member

Jo Joined Essex Family Forum, her local parent carer forum as a volunteer family champion in 2019 and is employed as a Strategic Development Coordinator (Health and Regional Lead).

Jo has been a national representative for NNPCF since 2020, and was previously elected Vice Chair, and then Chair of Eastern Regional Parent Carer Forum Network.

Jo has 2 children, who are both neurodiverse and have sensory needs.

Jo previously trained and worked in finance, but after her children were born, went back to university and obtained a BA Hons in Early Years and a PG Cert in Education.