Type: Trustee

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      • Joel Hardwick

      • Trustee
      • Joel has three children. The middle one has a rare chromosome disorder (2q23.1 Microdeletion Syndrome), attends an integrated resource, and enjoys climbing hills in the Peak District (or at least the snack stop at the top!). Joel previously worked for the local authority in planning and commissioning the Sheffield education system and is now Assistant CEO at Nexus Multi-Academy Trust, who have 10 special schools across South Yorkshire.

      • Sarah Sanders

      • Treasurer
      • Sarah is a Qualified Chartered Accountant who has worked both in Practice and Industry. She has recently returned to Sheffield after living overseas for 10 years, where she was the Treasurer of the local rugby club and involved in Girl Guiding.

      • 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.

      • Laura Gillespie

      • Vice Chair
      • Laura is our Vice Chair and 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.