Our Staff

All of our SENDIAS staff are independently trained to give you accurate, useful, relevant information and advice about special educational needs/disabilities. They’ll use their knowledge and experience to support you in making decisions about educational issues and concerns.

We have three teams of staff. They specialise in working in the Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire areas respectively. Each team is led by a ‘Local Area Co-ordinator’, supported by a number of ‘Information Advice and Support Workers’. You may meet our Co-ordinators and other team members at our regular parent support groups, workshops, evening surgeries or parent courses. Our staff respond to your calls to our Information, Advice & Support (IAS) line or your emails.

Whether you live in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire, any of our Information, Advice and Support workers can help you. Although you may build up a relationship with a particular staff member, we can’t guarantee that you will always be able to speak to the same person.

Meet the Team:

Head of Service 
Victoria Allan

Deputy Head of Service
Kathryn Mason

Bristol Team
Local Area Lead: Kathryn Mason

Local Co-ordinator: Jo Daglish

Local Area Practitioner with CYP (children and young people) Focus – Charlie West

Information, Advice and Support Workers: Kate Hale, and Edurne Urzelai

North Somerset Team
Local Area Lead: Sarah Bishop

Information, Advice and Support Worker: Sam Gist

South Gloucestershire Team
Local Area Lead: Santie Human

Local Area Practitioner with CYP (children and young people) Focus – Charlie West

Information, Advice and Support Workers : Sara Maggs and Edurne Urzelai

Information, Advice and Support Line Staff 

Information, Advice and Support Line Coordinator: Kirsty Armitage

Senior Information, Advice and Support Line Workers: Davina Evans and Nadine Etter

Information, Advice and Support Line Workers: Jenna Hollywood and Lori Cannon

Trainee Information, Advice and Support Line Worker: Joanne Dean

Whole Service Staff 

Volunteer Project Lead: Jane Franklin

Media and Communications Officer – Linda Evans

Office & Finance Manager: Carolyne Ablitt

Administrator: Jodie Thame

Business Administration Apprentice – Abigail Gregory