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 daughters in their twenties, the younger one has Down Syndrome and attends college.

        Clare has recently retired from general practice and one plan is to learn the saxophone (has the instrument, now needs to practice!). She is an active member of her local Christian community and is busy learning Makaton to sing and sign. She loves walking, gardening and reading.

        She has recently become more involved in our outreach work and is looking forward to meeting more families face to face soon.

      • 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. She was a Physiotherapist prior to having children, specialising in Neurology. Laura has two children, a son and a daughter. Her son has a diagnosis of autism and is currently attending Peaks college. Laura is interested in inclusion and preparing our amazing children and young people for adulthood.

        Laura is one of our parent carer representatives and supports our volunteers. She is also Chair of Sheffield Lightning Athletics Club and Chair of Governors at Bents Green Special School.

        In her spare time, she loves walking in the Peak District, holidays in Cornwall and is a season ticket holder with her family at Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey Club.

      • 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.