Steering group

Mrunal Sisodia – CoChair & East of England Regional Steering Group Member

Mrunal was elected as regional steering group member in early 2017 and elected as co-chair in the summer of 2017.

Mrunal has previously been chair of his local parent carer forum in Bedford Borough as well as having previously been co-chair of the Eastern Regional Parent Carer Forum Network.

He brings with him a wealth of knowledge from his work within the international finance sector.

To contact Mrunal, please email

Tina Emery – CoChair & 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

Anna Norris – East Midlands Regional Steering Group Member

Anna has been a Steering Group member in her local forum since 2008 and has been the secretary for the Northants Parent Forum Group for 6 years and she is currently the chair of the East Midlands Regional Network. Anna’s working background included the hospitality sector, sales & marketing, where she organised events and trade shows on behalf of a small luxury hotel company.

Her experience in the world of SEND centres around physical disabilities, equipment services and EHC Plans. She is passionate about equality and person centred practices having been trained by Helen Sanderson Associates.

To contact Anna, please email

Zara Bowden – West Midlands Regional Steering Group Member

Zara supports our communications and media channels. She provides support in managing our social media platforms and websites, alongside developing our annual conference and annual report in coproduction with our partners.

She is currently co-chair of her local forum and has been an active representative for them since 2012. She has a daughter with Cerebral Palsy and Hydrocephalus in mainstream education.

To contact Zara, 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

Julie Bruce – Yorkshire & Humber Regional Steering Group Member

Julie is coordinator of her local forum as well as chair of her local Healthwatch. She has a background in welfare services, and brings with her extensive knowledge, which she continues to develop whilst studying for an MA and PhD in Social Policy.

Julie has two sons she cares for with special educational needs/disabilities.

To contact Julie, please email

Sarah Clarke – South East Regional Steering Group Member

Sarah is currently the chair of her local parent carer forum.

Sarah has a teenage son with autism, dyslexia and PDA traits.

Sarah was previously an office manager but retrained as holistic practitioner when her children were small.  She is also a governor at her children’s secondary school.

To contact Sarah, please email

Jo Gilliland – North East & Cumbria Regional Steering Group Member

Jo has been co-chair of North Tyneside parent carer forum since January 2017.

She has also been co-chair of the North East & Cumbria PCF network since October 2018.

Jo has a background in business management and has worked in the voluntary SEND sector since 2015, inspired by her son who has ASD.

To contact Jo, please email

Fazilla Amide – London Regional Steering Group Member

Fazilla was elected to the steering group in 2017. She has a background in HR, Training, and Change Management that bring with her 20 years of experience in working with global organisations.

Fazilla has a son with complex health needs and ASD. She is currently chair of her local parent carer forum in Enfield.

To contact Fazilla, 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