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Meet the Team: SENDIS

As an organisation the WPCC is managed by Stuart Hall, our Strategic Director. The WPCC is made up of two teams, the Participation and Consultation Service and the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Service (SENDIS). The SENDIS Service has two Information Officers, and in 2018 we were able to grow and enhance our SENDIS service to include Outreach Workers. In 2021, thanks to a COVID response grant we were able to appoint a temporary telephone triage worker. For more information see our Organisation Chart.

Strategic Director: Stuart Hall
Senior SENDIS Officer: Sharon Selkridge-Parham
SENDIS Officer: Elaine Reader
SENDIS Outreach Workers: Gill Gray and Ali Davis
Telephone Triage Worker: Helen Selway

Sharon Selkridge-Parham


Sharon Selkridge-Parham
Senior SENDIS Officer

Sharon Selkridge-Parham is our Senior SENDIS worker and her background has largely been in social work with both adults and children. She also has experience as an outreach worker for a children’s centre. “I really enjoy providing support for people,” she says “because I appreciate that getting information can be really difficult and time consuming when you have a busy family life.”

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

Elaine Reader

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Elaine Reader
SENDIS Information Officer

Elaine has always been passionate about supporting both children and young people with SEND, and their carers. In her previous jobs, Elaine worked in a variety of support/ teaching roles in schools, homes and various community settings. Her last position was with Wiltshire Portage. “It was a privilege to be welcomed into peoples' homes in my role as a Portage Home Visitor and to be part of a child’s learning journey”.

Elaine has a strong commitment to supporting all parent carers in their roles. “If I can provide people with any information, no matter how small or just be that friendly voice on the end of the phone helping to unpick the complicated web of services available, then I will be satisfied. Being a parent carer myself, I really appreciate how frustrating and confusing it can feel at times!”

Email: admin@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 01225 764647 (Option 1)

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

Gill Gray


Gill Gray
Outreach Worker

Gill joined the WPCC in April 2018; she has 3 grown up children and 4 grandsons.

Gill’s eldest son struggled with dyslexia during his time in education, this was diagnosed as he started college as a vehicle technician. This was an emotional time for all the family. He has done so well with lots of help & family support and is now working in a formula 1 racing team.

Gill has been married 40 years and has always lived in Westbury.

Gill’s previous roles have been in the NHS either as a receptionist or administrator in GP’s surgeries, and also at Royal United Hospital. Gill also worked as an auxiliary nurse for a number of years.

For 14 years, Gill worked at Danone Nutricia Baby Careline and on the Quality Affairs Team, this included supporting parents, carers and health care professionals with advice and support.

Mentoring, training and counselling, and also emotional intelligence have also been a big part of Gill’s life.

Helping others always comes first for Gill in her work and also at home. Gill is enjoying supporting others and always goes that extra mile to succeed.

Email: outreach@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 07511217183

Ali Davis


Ali Davis
Outreach Worker

We are also delighted to announce that Ali joined the WPCC in September 2018 as our second SENDIS outreach worker.

Ali is passionate about supporting both young people and their families with SEN.
Previously to joining the WPCC, Ali worked for 17 years supporting adults with various disabilities to help them achieve their desired outcomes in life. During this time, Ali gained a wealth of knowledge in Social Care and gained her Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young Peoples Services.

It was after a very long journey and several consultations later that Ali’s Son was diagnosed with Asperger’s, ADHD and SPD that Ali first became involved with the WPCC as a Parent Facilitator on the SWAPP Courses. Ali then applied for a post as an Outreach Worker and she is enjoying supporting families access the help and support that they need.

Email: out-reach@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 07732262325

Helen Selway

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Helen Selway
Telephone Triage Worker

Helen joined the WPCC in March 2021 as the new WPCC Telephone Triage Worker.

Helen has previously worked as a SEN teaching assistant within a mainstream primary school, supporting children with social and emotional needs. Other roles Helen has had in the past have included supply chain management, business administration and volunteering in her local community.

Helen says: “As a parent myself, coupled with my experience as a SEN teaching assistant, I have some understanding of the challenges that parents face. I am delighted to be part of an organisation that supports all the parent carers of Wiltshire.”.

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