Who Are We?
We’re a mix of individual parents, plus leads from disability specific support groups and specialist schools; we all offer our time on a voluntary basis and take responsibility for representing the views of a wider group of parents.
We formed in June 2014, in response to the opportunities offered by the SEND reforms.. Our stated mission is "to bring people together into a community to improve services, share support and strengthen the common voice". Our approach is based on transparency, mutual respect and trust. We will always expect to work collaboratively and in equal partnership.
Romany Wood-Robinson - Chair (Richmond), Lead for Safeguarding, for CAMHS & Trustee
Parent of children with ASD / ADHD
Caroline North - Chair (Kingston), Lead for Safeguarding & Trustee
Parent of three, one with cerebral palsy & dyslexia; and another with a brain tumour.
Caroline Bern - Lead for Preparing for Adulthood & Trustee
Parent of a young person with a severe communications disorder and autistic traits
Sophie Camilleri - Trustee, Governance
Parent of a child with dyslexia. Chair of Richmond Dyslexia + SENCo
Prisca Cox - Lead for Post-Entry Programme post-16
Parent of a child with Down's Syndrome (a twin).
Sheena Crankson (associate)
Founder, Fast Minds - ADHD Kingston
Rachel Derrick - Lead for Short Breaks & Trustee
Parent of a child with Down's Syndrome. Representative from 21andCo (charity for families of children with down syndrome in South West London and Surrey)
Jo Dixon - Lead for Special Schools
Parent of a child with moderate learning difficulties. Vice Chair of the Auriga Academy Trust and Governor, Clarendon School
Parent of a child with ASD. Co-Founder & Director of Express CIC
Parent of a child with physical disabilities, severe learning difficulties and multi-sensory impairment. Representative and co-founder of Phyz.
Peter Hodges (associate)
Chair, Kingston Mencap
Penny Hoffmann-Becking - Lead for the Golden Binder and EHCPs & Trustee
Parent of a child with physical disabilities (cerebral palsy). Representative and co-founder of Phyz
Harry James (associate)
Chair of Governors, Strathmore School + National Lead for Governance
CEO, Richmond Mencap. Parent of a child with autism and Down's Syndrome.
Chair, MeToo&Co. Parent of a child with autism.
Sam Rospigliosi - Lead for Social Media & Trustee
Parent of a child with severe autism and dyspraxia, including oromotor dyspraxia.
Saladin Rospigliosi - Treasurer (associate)
Alison & Kevin Sears - Leads for Local Offer, for Data Protection & Trustee
Parents of a young person with autism. Leads for Richmond NAS.
Parent of a child with permanent hearing loss. Chair of TRAPHIC (Twickenham & Richmond Area Parents of Hearing Impaired Children)
Parent of a child with complex needs.
Lisa Train - Trustee, Secretary
Parent of a child with multiple learning difficulties.
Parent of a child with ASD/SPD/ADHD. Co-Founder & Director of Express CIC (Kingston), parent governor at The Rise School
By ensuring families’ voices are heard, and listened to, we empower children and young people to obtain the best possible care and services in Kingston and Richmond.
We are always keen to hear from parents that would like to either join our steering group, or be a part of our wider membership and perhaps contribute to consultations and participatory events.
We work with AfC and other service providers on the commissioning and purchase of services for children and young people with SEND, including supporting their understanding of needs (needs analysis), drafting service specifications and taking part in commissioning panels.
*Achieving for Children (AfC) is a community interest company created by the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames and the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames to provide their children’s services.