Meet the Team

Our Staff

      • Anne Snowden

      • Development Support Worker
      • Anne joined the Forum as a volunteer and then a part-time employee in 2010. Her youngest son has a clinical diagnosis of Angelman Syndrome and attends a special school.

        Work interests include health, Preparing for Adulthood and sport. Outside of work she enjoys baking (cakes sometimes find their way to Forum meetings!), swimming and walking the dog.

      • Eva Juusola

      • Participation Co-ordinator
      • Eva first became involved with the Forum as a parent volunteer back in 2009 – and liked it so much she left her job as a translator to join our small staff team.

        Eva has a particular interest in marketing and communications, and writes most of the articles for our newsletter and this website.

        Her other main interest is SEN law, and she has completed the IPSEA foundation legal training. Eva supports our parent carer representatives and runs our Education subgroup

Our Trustees

      • Clare Peck

      • Trustee
      • Clare has two teenage daughters; her younger daughter has Down Syndrome and currently attends mainstream school.

        Clare and her husband Rob are active members of the Sheffield Down Syndrome group (SHEDS).

      • Jayne Woodward

      • Trustee
      • Jayne is mother to two boys; Sam, her eldest, attends Bents Green Special School. Sam is autistic and has dyspraxia, ADD and oral dyspraxia. Jayne works part time as a Disability Adviser at the University of Sheffield which involves supporting disabled students. She has been involved with the Sheffield Parent Carer Forum since its inception, and was chair of the organisation from 2008 to 2017.

      • Joanne Ferguson

      • Trustee
      • Joanne is a member of the Staffing, Governance and Finance subcommittee, the Education subgroup and the Transport group. She is one of our parent carer representatives and co-ordinates our outreach visits to schools and community groups across Sheffield, with Laura Gillespie.

        Joanne has a daughter who has classic autism and learning difficulties, and attends the National Autistic Society’s Robert Ogden School in Thurnscoe. Joanne’s work background is in Local Government, but she is currently a full-time carer and volunteer.

      • Laura Gillespie

      • Trustee
      • Laura is our lead on volunteers. She was a Physiotherapist prior to children, specialising in Neurology. Laura has two children, a son and a daughter. Her son has a diagnosis of autism and attends a special school.

        Laura helps to run the Forum’s outreach programme, visiting schools, nurseries and community groups. She is one of our parent carer representatives and supports and mentors our volunteers. Laura is the Chair of the Sheffield Lightning Athletics Club, an athletics club for children with Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD and associated disabilities at the English Institute of Sport, and is also Chair of Governors at Bents Green Special School.

      • Melissa Simmonds

      • Trustee
      • Melissa Simmonds is a parent of two children, one of whom has autism. Both attend mainstream school.

        Melissa is leading on our outreach programme to Black Minority Ethnic (BME) groups. She also has a keen interest in families with disabled children accessing religious denominations, as she believes such families are living in isolation when they need the backing of their religious communities most. Melissa has recently left the Civil Service and is now a part-time Children and Families worker.

      • Julie Chambers

      • Trustee
      • Julie became involved with the forum after her daughter was diagnosed with subcortical band hetereotopia, a rare genetic condition, and it became clear that she would need an EHCP. Julie recently became a trustee, and has a particular interest in working with the local authority on trying to improve the whole EHCP experience for other parents and children. Amongst other things, Julie represents the forum on the EHCP QA group where they review the quality of EHCPs and feed back recommendations to the SEN team. Julie previously worked as a research scientist but is now a full-time mum to her two daughters.

      • Katie Monette

      • Chair
      • Katie is our Chair. She is a single full-time mum of two girls. Her eldest has verbal dyspraxia, autism and ADHD and is in mainstream school. Her youngest has no special educational needs, but does have various health issues. She has had major open heart surgery and suffers from extreme migraines, Raynauds syndrome and hyper mobility.

        Katie attends many strategic meetings as a parent carer representative. She is also trying to strengthen our links with local parent support groups by setting up an Affiliate Membership scheme.