Empowering families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

PEOPLE

STAFF

Brian O’Hagan

Project Manager

Brian is father to James who has Cerebral Palsy. He is responsible for the overall management of the organisation and has particular responsibility for strategic planning, project development, evaluation, fundraising and communications.

Donna Manwill

Operations Manager

Donna is mum to Eddie and Joe who has High Functioning Autism. She manages the day-to-day operations of the charity and has particular responsibility for staff management, administration & HR, operational planning and policy.

Michele Creed

Outreach & Training Co-ordinator

Michele has two children Alana who was born with an extremely rare genetic condition, Trisomy 9 Mosaicism and Maia. She is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Hannah Delmar-Addy

Outreach & Training Co-ordinator

Hannah is mum to Ella and Samuel who has High Functioning Autism with Demand Avoidant Behaviour. She is a former nurse and midwife. Having devoted 5 years exclusively to being a parent-carer she empathises with the struggles and isolation that a parent-carer experiences and is passionate about reducing this for other families.

Rachel Fielding

Face-2-Face Project Co-ordinator

Rachel is mother of two girls, Poppy and Lois. Her background is in HR, specifically recruitment in the voluntary sector. After having her first daughter she moved into family liaison with national charity, Cool2Care, where she worked with families to recruit PA’s and buddies.

Kirsty Lester

Administrator

Kirsty is Mum to Alexander, who passed away in September 2018 at six years old. Alexander had a rare condition and very complex health needs and disabilities. Kirsty is a qualified accountant and passionate about making a difference to families of children with SEND.

TRUSTEES

Helen Rodgers

Chair

Helen has worked with children with disabilities and their families since 1995. She worked for 14 years within the Health Service as Thera-playgroup co-ordinator at Chichester Child Development Centre.

Chris Jay

Vice Chair

Born with Cerebral Palsy and a wheelchair user for over 20 years, Chris is Managing Director of Bascule Disability Training, a social enterprise specialising in disability awareness. Chris was Chairman of former disability awareness charity, Enable Me, as well as Director/Governor of Great Ballard School, a co-educational 2-13 prep school in Eartham near Chichester.

John Corr

John is father of John who has Autism. John senior works in tour management and logistics in the music industry and has worked for some of the world’s best known artists. He has an MBA from Kingston University.

Charlotte Linington

Charlotte works for West Sussex County Council as a Child & Family Worker in the Child Disability Team. She is an experienced care worker and has worked in the education, local authority and voluntary sectors. Charlotte grew up with her brother Phillip who had Cerebral Palsy and takes a special interest in support for siblings of disabled children.

Emma Steele

Emma is mum to two teenage boys. Her background is in health service management and social care. She is currently an inspector with the Care Quality Commission. She has first hand experience of dealing with special educational needs and Autism and is passionate about ensuring children with SEND get the education they deserve.