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Keryn Green

North West Regional Chair

The Team for Physical Disability is part of the Oldham All Age Disability Service and consists of a Specialist Advisory Teacher and a Moving and Handling Advisor. We work with children and young people, staff in early years settings, schools and academies, parents and health professionals to improve outcomes for children and young people with physical or medical needs.

Jane Carter

Midlands Regional Chair

Role: Disability & Professional Practice Manager, Warwickshire County Council

I currently lead Teaching & Learning teams within Warwickshire’s Integrated Disability Service, which brings together a range of professionals and services including Specialist Teachers and Teaching Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Child Development Services, Portage, and Early Years’ Specialists.

Prior to this, I managed Warwickshire’s Statementing Service. I am an experienced senior secondary leader, having taught in schools in Birmingham, Staffordshire and Wolverhampton.

I have been a Senior European Foundation for Quality Management Assessor for Midlands Excellence and a C4EO Disability Sector Specialist. I am Vice Chair of pdnet, an organisation representing professionals who work to improve outcomes for learners with physical disabilities. I am also a qualified Coach.

Qualifications: BA (hons), PGCE, PGDM, NPQH,

Sarah Fox

North Regional Chair

Jenny Woolfe

South West Regional Chair

Polly Kempson

Home Counties Regional Chair

Jane Carter

EAB Chair

Role: Disability & Professional Practice Manager, Warwickshire County Council

I currently lead Teaching & Learning teams within Warwickshire’s Integrated Disability Service, which brings together a range of professionals and services including Specialist Teachers and Teaching Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Child Development Services, Portage, and Early Years’ Specialists.

Prior to this, I managed Warwickshire’s Statementing Service. I am an experienced senior secondary leader, having taught in schools in Birmingham, Staffordshire and Wolverhampton.

I have been a Senior European Foundation for Quality Management Assessor for Midlands Excellence and a C4EO Disability Sector Specialist. I am Vice Chair of pdnet, an organisation representing professionals who work to improve outcomes for learners with physical disabilities. I am also a qualified Coach.

Qualifications: BA (hons), PGCE, PGDM, NPQH,

Zara Bowden

NNCPF

Harry Dicks

Treloar's & NAHT SEND Council

Jon Sawford

Whizz Kidz

Jon Sawford joined Whizz-Kidz in October 2016 as the Operations and Services Director.

He has responsibility for Clinical services, young people’s life skills services and Whizz-Kidz NHS Services at Tower Hamlets and Southend Wheel Chair Services.

Jon joined from a lengthy career in the private sector working in FTSE 100 companies across Automotive Services, Financial Services and Utilities in senior operational   roles.

Jon is an advanced open water diver and has a keen interest in the welfare of our oceans and the sea life they support.

Joanna Fashan

Whizz Kidz

Martin Littler

Inclusive Technology

Martin Littler has been involved with Assistive Technology for more than 30 years. After a career as a teacher and advisory teacher Martin joined the Special Education Micro-Electronic Resource Centre (SEMERC) as Director in 1986. In 1996 he left SEMERC to form Inclusive Technology Ltd with two friends. Inclusive Technology is now a major supplier of Assistive Technology and services to special education in Britain and the United States.

Martin is currently non-executive chairman of the Inclusive Group Ltd including Inclusive Technology, HelpKidzLearn, and Special World. He founded the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA) and, together with Phil Woolas and Anna Reeves, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Assistive Technology which was launched at the Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster in 2017. Martin’s voluntary work includes being a Board Member of the American Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), a Board Member of the Kingfisher Learning Trust, and a Trustee of the ACE Centre.

Mick Archer

Special Wolrd

Clare Howard

Natspec

With 25 years’ experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors, Clare became chief executive of Natspec in January 2016. Clare worked at the Association of Colleges for six years and her career has included posts in local authorities, funding agencies and in a range of education settings. As a management consultant between 1998 and 2012, Clare worked on more than 200 projects and took interim posts across the education, sport and health sectors, developing a passion for further education and a particular interest in services and education for people with learning difficulties and disabilities. She has worked with special schools, specialist colleges and national disability organisations and her expertise includes organisational development, funding bids, training, change management and governance projects.

Di Caesar

Project Manager

Role: Lead Advisory Teacher, Gloucestershire County Council

My background includes over 30 years of experience of both mainstream and special education sectors including 10 years as a Governor for a local secondary school.  I am an experienced manager and have contributed to work streams at a local, county, regional and national level to develop provision and policy which contributes to better outcomes for CYP with SEND.

I currently lead Physical Disability and Sensory teams within Gloucestershire’s  Advisory Teaching Service, which comprises a range of professionals and services including  Specialist Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language therapists and specialist roles including Early Years, Mobility and Assistive Technology roles .

I am National Chair of pdnet, a national organization representing professionals who work within the physical disability sector. Since April 2017  I have held the role of pdnet project manager and led work as a strategic delivery partner for the Department for Education through  Contract 3 ”Support for children and young people with physical disabilities” www.pdnet.org.uk

Qualifications: M.Ed,  BSc (Hons), Dip Ed (Oxon), Dip. Sp.LD, NPQH,

Pete Chilvers

SDSA

Di Caesar

Project Manager

Role: Lead Advisory Teacher, Gloucestershire County Council

My background includes over 30 years of experience of both mainstream and special education sectors including 10 years as a Governor for a local secondary school.  I am an experienced manager and have contributed to work streams at a local, county, regional and national level to develop provision and policy which contributes to better outcomes for CYP with SEND.

I currently lead Physical Disability and Sensory teams within Gloucestershire’s  Advisory Teaching Service, which comprises a range of professionals and services including  Specialist Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language therapists and specialist roles including Early Years, Mobility and Assistive Technology roles .

I am National Chair of pdnet, a national organization representing professionals who work within the physical disability sector. Since April 2017  I have held the role of pdnet project manager and led work as a strategic delivery partner for the Department for Education through  Contract 3 ”Support for children and young people with physical disabilities” www.pdnet.org.uk

Qualifications: M.Ed,  BSc (Hons), Dip Ed (Oxon), Dip. Sp.LD,  NPQH,

Jane Carter

National Chair

Role: Disability & Professional Practice Manager, Warwickshire County Council

I currently lead Teaching & Learning teams within Warwickshire’s Integrated Disability Service, which brings together a range of professionals and services including Specialist Teachers and Teaching Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Child Development Services, Portage, and Early Years’ Specialists.

Prior to this, I managed Warwickshire’s Statementing Service. I am an experienced senior secondary leader, having taught in schools in Birmingham, Staffordshire and Wolverhampton.

I have been a Senior European Foundation for Quality Management Assessor for Midlands Excellence and a C4EO Disability Sector Specialist. I am Vice Chair of pdnet, an organisation representing professionals who work to improve outcomes for learners with physical disabilities. I am also a qualified Coach.

Qualifications: BA (hons), PGCE, PGDM, NPQH

Ian Townsend

Medway Council

Sarah Fox

East Riding Of Yorkshire Council

Max Fishel

Valence School

Sarah Osbourne

Warwickshire County Council

Andrea Bennington

Leicestershire County Council

Joanna Walker

Solihull Borough Council

Clare Pearce

Warwickshire County Council

A qualified teacher with experience in mainstream and special education, I have been employed as a PD specialist teacher for three LAs and also work independently. I have a Certificate in the Management of Pupils with Physical Difficulties and am an accredited People Moving People / Manual Handling trainer. As a member of the pdnet National Committee I am on the Quality Assurance sub group.