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Our Board of Trustees

 

Anne Bush, Treasurer of Supportive Parents

Anne has been with the organisation since it was first established in 1989 and has been the treasurer of the organisation over more than one period. She was part of the original research project team set up by the University of London Institute of Education in 1988/89 to look at the operation of the new SEN statutory assessment process in an area of the County of Avon. This research included health, education and social work professionals and, most importantly, parents of children with SEN. An outcome of the research was to recommend support for parents to allow them to play a full part when their child is the subject of a statutory assessment. Supportive Parents was established as a result and worked throughout the County. Anne worked for many years as an Educational Psychologist and was Principal Educational Psychologist and Manager of Childrens Services in South Gloucestershire Unitary Authority before her retirement. She is a chartered Educational Psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and values being able to continue promoting support for parents negotiating the educational system for the benefit of their children.

Carolyn Sims, Chair of Supportive Parents

Carolyn has been with the organisation since it was first established in 1989 and has been the Chair of the organisation since 2007. She was told about the original university study whilst trying to find support for her own son and was disappointed by the lack of support available at that time. She attended the meeting with other parents and became a volunteer once the organisation was established. Prior to retirement, Carolyn worked in a Primary school in Bristol as a Learning Support Assistant for 26 years working with children with all abilities. Carolyn is one of our longest serving Trustees and sees her role as an opportunity to give back to the service that helped support her all those years ago.

Chris Gardner, Vice Chair of Supportive Parents

Chris joined the organisation as a Trustee officially in the summer of 2012 but had been co-opted for six months before this. He has been Vice Chair since 2014. Chris was a secondary teacher for 33 years, 16 of these as Head teacher of Ashton Park School in Bristol until he took early retirement in September 2011. He now works as an educational consultant advising Head Teachers and governing bodies. Chris always took an active interest in children with special needs and worked closely with officers in Bristol in his time as a Head Teacher. Since becoming a Trustee, Chris has shown a keen interest in supporting the organisation particularly with its business plan and commissioning work.

Moira Lloyd, Trustee of Supportive Parents

Moira has been a trustee since 2008. Moira is an Educational Psychologist and former Primary school teacher, who currently works part time within South Gloucestershire’s Educational Psychology Service. Moira has a particular interest in delivering training for parents, both to facilitate effective partnership working with schools, and to develop support networks through small group work.

Maya Vaitilingam, Trustee of Supportive Parents

Maya has been a trustee since October 2013. Maya is a mum to her daughter who has profound learning difficulties and works part time as a School Nurse at St Christopher’s School. She is also a Trustee and Treasurer of Special Friends Club and a Parent Governor at her daughter’s school.

Susan Osborne, Trustee of Supportive Parents

Susan became a trustee in July 2015. She has worked with children, young people and adults with autism , dyslexia and learning disabilities for almost 30 years. Since 2008 she became a director of her own company providing training for parents, carers and professionals supporting people on the autistic spectrum. She has also carried out National Autistic Society Accreditations as a Team Leader. Susan has a son, now an adult, who was statemented due to severe dyspraxia and speech difficulties.