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

PEOPLE

STAFF

Brian O’Hagan

Director

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.

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.

Faye Mackenzie

Training Co-ordinator

Faye is mum to two sons and two step sons. Being a parent-carer herself Faye has lots of personal experience of managing SEN and is passionate about supporting parent-carers to get the help and advice they need. Faye comes from a social care background and joins us from Carers Support West Sussex where she supported carers from all age ranges and backgrounds.

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

Administration and Finance Co-ordinator

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.

Justin Sainsbury

Justin is Dad to Grace and William who has a rare metabolic genetic condition called Hurlers, that has associated complex medical and learning challenges. He has worked in a number of roles in special schools and is an advocate for projects that benefits families balancing caring responsibilities and their own well-being.