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Meet the Team: Participation


The WPCC is an organisation is managed by Stuart Hall, our Strategic Director. The WPCC has a core Steering Group of officers, many of whom are volunteer Team Leads; the Steering Group has a collective responsibility for the WPCC’s participation work. The Team Leads in turn are supported by an enthusiastic team of parent representatives. For more information, see our Organisation Chart.

Strategic Director: Stuart Hall
Chair of Participation: Trudy Srawley
Office Manager: Kieran McCaldon
Steering Group Members: Jenny Oliver, Claire Townsend, Simon Betreen, Andy Wrintmore, Chelsea Corcoran, Denise Milton and Sue Saunderson
Team Members: Naomi Paterson, Marilyn Daisy and Terry Morrish
Parent Representatives: Mandy


Stuart Hall

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Stuart Hall

Strategic Director

When he was born in 1996, Stuart’s son suffered a brain haemorrhage, leaving him with cerebral palsy, left hemiplegia, epilepsy, hydrocephalus and partial sightedness. In the early years, Stuart and his wife experienced a frustrating lack of support, resources and understanding.

Since the launch of Aiming High in 2008 however, Stuart believes that the picture has changed. He says “I am pleased to say that the needs of children and young people with disabilities and special needs seem to be much higher on Wiltshire Council’s agenda. I am proud to have played a part in the transformation of services in Wiltshire through my previous roles as Vice-Chair and Interim-Chair of the WPCC and it is very rewarding to see some of our achievements recognised at a national level.”

Stuart became Strategic Director of the WPCC in 2014. As Strategic Director of the WPCC, Stuart has overall responsibility for the Participation and Strategic work of the WPCC and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Service (SENDIS). Additionally, Stuart works locally, regionally and nationally with bodies including the National Network for Parent Carers (NNPCF), Contact and the DfE to ensure that the voice of parent carers and their experiences are not only heard at a local level in Wiltshire but also nationally to affect real change in services that families use. Stuart is an active member of many boards and working groups including FACT, the Local Offer Working Group, the Disability and SEN Trust Group, and Safeguarding of children and young people; additionally, Stuart meets regularly with many representatives of LA services, and organisations and services including health, commissioned providers and the voluntary sector.

You can contact Stuart using the details below.

Email: Director@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 01225 764647



Trudy Srawley

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Trudy Srawley
Chair of Participation.

Trudy has a husband, a 17-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son. Her son was diagnosed with dyslexia six years ago and she says it’s been a steep learning curve for all the family, especially with the social and emotional issues that can accompany this learning difference. Trudy has lived in Wiltshire all her life and says: “I love Wiltshire”.

Before joining the WPCC in 2014, Trudy worked for 10.5 years on Danone Nutricia’s baby careline, providing parents, carers and healthcare professionals with advice and support. Trudy also has experience in consumer insights events which she is passionate about as she believes they promote good communication and help tailor information and services to families’ needs. Coaching/mentoring, counselling and emotional intelligence have also been a big part of Trudy’s work. Helping others has always been at the heart of what Trudy does and she says she is looking forward to continuing this in her role with the WPCC.

Email: Participation@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 01225 764647



Kieran McCaldon

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Kieran McCaldon
Office Manager

Graduating from Bath Spa University in 2016 with a 2:1 degree in Business Management, Kieran started working at the WPCC in February 2018. As WPCC’s Office Manager, Kieran is responsible for many aspect of the day to day running of the office behind the scenes including: managing and updating WPCC databases and membership, GDPR and Data Protection compliance, booking venues for events and arranging catering, finance, and general office administration, as well some providing some PA support to the WPCC’s Strategic Director. Kieran also produces WPCC’s Short Breaks Bulletin five times a year.

Kieran himself has an Aspergers diagnosis and says he understands and appreciates that life can be frustrating and confusing when Special Educational Needs and Disabilities are involved, especially when the disability is very much unseen. However, Kieran also said that he thinks there have been significant positive changes in recent years since he was at school, and said that “It has been great to see how much support people gain from WPCC and how it is able to give people a voice who otherwise would not be heard”.

You can contact Kieran using the details below.

Email: office@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 01225 764647



Denise Milton

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Denise Milton

Lead Parent Representative for Engagement

As Team Lead for Engagement, Denise supports her WPCC Engagement Team colleagues as well as coordinating promotion of the WPCC, by visiting a variety of settings across Wiltshire. The Engagement Team further promotes the work of the WPCC by attending as many events and opportunities for parent carers as possible. The main aim of the WPCC’s Engagement Team is to ensure that as many parent carers and professionals within Wiltshire know about and understand the role of the WPCC, and the information, signposting and support that the WPCC can provide.

Denise has lived in Wiltshire for many years and is a long term foster carer. She worked as an Early Years Inclusion Advisor for the Early Intervention Team in Wiltshire for 7 years. Over the years, Denise has fostered children and young people with a range of additional needs including learning difficulties, global developmental delay, speech and language needs, hydrocephalous and hearing impairment. Denise’s foster children have attended a variety of settings including mainstream secondary school with support, a Specialist Learning Centre at a mainstream primary school, and specialist secondary provision.

Denise is looking forward to her role with the WPCC and hopes to make sure many more parent carers and professionals know about the WPCC, to ensure they have easier access to the right information, signposting and support, at the right time.

You can contact Denise using the details below.

Email: engagement@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 01225 764647 or 07732740252



Marilyn Daisy

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Marilyn Daisy
Engagement Team - South

Marilyn is a single parent. Having worked as a Thomson Rep and living abroad, including time for a cruise ship company since 2000, Marilyn has now been back in the UK since 2014.

Marilyn’s son was born in the Canaries, and this is where he spent the first 3 years of his life. Marilyn describes her son as her “reason for everything”. Marilyn describes being a mum as challenging, hard, tiring and sometimes so tearful, however, she says the joy that she gets out of those little or big WOW moments truly are the BEST and make it all worthwhile.

Finding out that her son was autistic almost broke her, however, Marlin says she is stronger, more determined and actually a better person for it. Marilyn says that having a child with additional needs meant entering a world that was completely unknown and scary, however what an amazing truly beautiful world.

Having friends here, Marilyn decided on a move to Wiltshire and she has settled well into what is a lovely county. By getting involved in the local area, she has a good knowledge of the area and what is available, and has personal experience of working her way through what can sometimes be a minefield of a system.

Marilyn describes herself as a shocking driver; a lover of cheese and wine. She says she’s a good friend and she’s never short of anything to say. She can't sing but she’d love to, she can't dance but give her a dance floor and she won't leave. She’s either brave or crazy, having done not 1 but 2 parachute jumps both for charity, and would happily do another.

Marilyn has undertaken Makaton training and Autism training, and has started training to run a music and sensory class for babies which is exciting, interactive and fun. She currently runs a small support group that she set up herself. More recently, Marilyn became a volunteer for the WPCC and delivers parenting training as one of the Time Out For Parents’ course facilitators which she absolutely loves.

Marilyn says she thinks that having the WPCC is great. She feels it is important that the WPCC provides a service for parent carers to reach out to that helps and supports the parent voice, and also guides people on their journey by signposting to information, advice and help. Because of this, Marilyn applied to join the WPCC Engagement team so that she could help to enhance and help share the WPCC’s wealth of information and knowledge.

Email: engagement-south@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 01225 764647 or 07732740253



Naomi Paterson

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Naomi Paterson
Engagement Team - North

Naomi lives in Wiltshire and has four children living at home whose ages range from 5 to 19. Two of Naomi’s children have additional needs ranging from ASD, ADHD, sensory processing difficulties and Pathological Demand Avoidance.

Over the years, Naomi has accessed training to become a Reiki practitioner, a Cool Kids with Cool Minds tutor, and a massage therapist.

As a member of WPCC’s Engagement team, Naomi is keen to work with settings and meet parent carers to help support families to know about the WPCC.

Having many years of experience of finding her way through the special needs system as a parent carer, Naomi was keen to volunteer to become a member of WPCC’s Engagement team. As member of the WPCC, Naomi wants to help ensure that as many parent carers as possible are aware of the WPCC, so that they can access support, reduce their struggles, and make sure their voice and experiences help to shape and improve the services they access.

Email: engagement-north@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 01225 764647 or 07732740250



Claire Townsend

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Claire Townsend
Lead Parent Representative for Health

Claire lives in Salisbury and is a special guardian for two boys, one aged 17 and one aged 13. Claire’s 17 year old has severe anxiety and attachment issues and her 13 year old has Global Learning Delay, Autism and ADHD.

Claire says her journey with the two boys has been very difficult, even though she is very pro-active in seeking information and advice. She found looking for the help and advice was very hard, and felt very alone, as many parents do. Claire decided find ways to search for ways to share her knowledge with other parents. It was at this time that Claire found the WPCC and soon became a volunteer facilitator for WPCC, delivering parenting courses in July 2018 to help other parent carers.

Claire felt so strongly about supporting parent carers and the WPCC that when the opportunity arose, she applied to become WPCC’s Health Team Lead.

Email: health@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 01225 764647 or 07732735253



Chelsea Corcoran

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Chelsea Corcoran
Lead Parent Representative for Post-16

Chelsea is the parent of 3 children, her youngest being 6 years old and her eldest being 29. Chelsea's youngest daughter is diagnosed with scoliosis and a slender syrinx; she is also in the process of being tested for ADHD.

Chelsea previously worked as a senior carer for adults and young adults with various disabilities.

Before to moving to Wiltshire, Chelsea lived in Essex where she was manager of a riding school.

By volunteering with the WPCC, Chelsea hopes to support the work of the WPCC and improve opportunities for young adults in the community by representing the voice of parent carers and young adults.

Email: post16@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 01225 764647 or 07732734152



Andy Wrintmore

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Andy Wrintmore
Lead Parent Representative for ASD

Andy has been living in Wiltshire with her husband for 20 years, and has brought up her 19 year old daughter and 17 year old son in this beautiful county.

Andy’s daughter has Autism, which wasn't diagnosed until she was 13 years old, and she has mental health difficulties. Her son has Autism, ADHD and Dyslexia, that was diagnosed when he was 7 years old. Both Andy’s children go to mainstream schools but have had trouble attending at various stages of their academic life due to their difficulties. This has given Andy some experience of both the primary and secondary school environments.

With regard to accessing the right support for her children, Andy's own personal experience has ranged from frustration and despair, to appreciation when organisations work well.

The WPCC has been a valuable source of support and information to Andy over the years, which has helped her with obtaining the right support for her children. She has found that when parent carers, the young person and professionals listen to each other and work together, this benefits young people and allows them to achieve their very best. In contrast, when professionals don't listen to concerns from parent/carers and young people, life can become unbearably stressful for the whole family. Because of her experiences and seeing first-hand what works and what doesn’t, Andy is passionate about voicing the views and experiences of parent carers to organisations and professionals that support children and young people, in order to continue improving and developing services.

Andy would love to hear your views, both what is working well and what needs improvement, and can be contacted via email.

Email: asd@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 01225 764647 or 07732734152



Simon Betreen

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Simon Betreen
Lead Parent Representative for Early Years

Simon is married with two boys. His eldest son, aged 10 was diagnosed with Asperger’s and his youngest son aged 6 with ADHD, ASC and Social Anxiety. Both Simon’s son’s received their diagnoses in Year 2 of primary school. Simon’s children attend a mainstream school and are well supported by all staff at the school.

Simon has lived in Wiltshire since 2001 after moving from Bournemouth and he loves the countryside. As a family, the outdoors, and camping in particular has been rewarding for all.

Simon found the road to diagnosis long, and time between appointments was difficult as there is little support available without a diagnosis. Simon’s first contact with the WPCC was by attending a SWAPP course following diagnosis with his son’s Teaching Assistant. Simon found that attending the SWAPP course enabled everyone to learn more strategies, talk to parents and carers in similar situations, and work on a joined-up plan on how to help his son through his school life.

On joining the WPCC as a volunteer team lead, Simon says he is really looking forward to being part of an organisation that offers so much support to parents throughout Wiltshire and continues to be an active and influential voice within this space.

Email: earlyyears@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 01225764647 or 07732735259



Jenny Oliver

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Jenny Oliver

Lead Parent Representative for Transition to Adulthood

As Team Lead for Transitions, Jenny represents the views and concerns of parents at a variety of strategic meetings, and she works in partnership with services to ensure the voice and experiences of parent carers informs decisions about supporting young people’s transitions to adulthood.

Jenny moved back from Abu Dhabi to the UK some years ago in order to find a suitable school for her severely autistic son, who at the age of 12 and thanks to Wiltshire Council attended a funded residential placement at a school in Dorset. She also has three other children.

Jenny says: “After the stressful time I had going through the tribunal system, I am concerned about my son’s future transitions process. I believe very strongly that parents should feel listened to and fully represented regarding their child’s education”.

You can contact Jenny directly using the details below.

Email: transitions@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 01225 764647 or 07867696594



Sue Saunderson

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Sue Saunderson

Committee member

Sue is a very proud mum of two beautiful sons. Her eldest is 17 and has a diagnosis of Aspergers syndrome and ADHD, and her youngest is 12 years old with a diagnosis of autism and ADHD.

Sue’s experience of accessing education has been very different with each of her sons. The youngest has had specialist help from a very early age through portage, stepping stones and specialist placements. In contrast, Sue has had to fight to get the same treatment for her eldest. Both of Sue’s boys receive funding from Wiltshire Councl to attend day placements at specialist schools located outside the county.

By working with the WPCC Sue hopes to be able to help improve local services so that they can make a greater difference to the lives of all who need them.

You can contact Sue using the details below.

Telephone: 01225 764647



Mandy

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Mandy
Parent Representative - Engagement Team

Mandy has been married for 18 years and has two children. She has lived in Wiltshire all her life, mainly around Devizes except when attending University in Southampton. After studying to be a Communications Engineer, she got her dream job working for NTL near Winchester.

Mandy returned to work briefly after having her children but then gave up work to be a full time carer for her youngest child who had had difficulties and struggled in education from pre-school, when was diagnosed with Aspergers when he was 10 years old.

Now that her children are older and more resilient, she has volunteered to become a parent rep for the WPCC and will be supporting her WPCC Engagement team colleagues in their roles.




Terry Morrish

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Terry Morrish
Parent Representative – Events Front of House

Terry is a single mature father of a 10 year old boy who has been diagnosed with ADHD, Global Developmental Delay and sight impairment.

Terry’s son attends a mainstream primary school with an EHCP in place but is likely to be moving on to more specialised provision in the future.

Of the WPCC, Terry says “they have been an amazing lifeline in helping my son and I to obtain the help and benefits we were entitled to. I now feel the time is right to offer something in return and make a positive contribution to the WPCC”.

As a volunteer parent rep with the WPCC, Terry welcomes attendees as they arrive at events, he is on hand if attendees need help finding their way around venues, and provides general support to the WPCC team to help ensure the smooth running of events.