"ESPaCC was established approximately eight years ago, after being invited to attend a Regional NNPCF meeting. The following year we applied for the DfE grant in our own right, and the rest is history. Prior to this, East Sussex had a very poor record of parental engagement, and co-production was unheard of. It’s been hard work, but seeing the changes happen, as Parents work alongside their professional colleagues, has been inspiring. The difference that having Parents around the table as equal partners can make to services and provision, when involved in decision making from the very beginning, cannot be overemphasised."
Michelle Nice - firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle is Chair and Partnership Development Lead, and lives in Eastbourne with her daughter who has complex health needs and SEND.
“My role within ESPaCC is to build partnerships and develop joint working with colleagues across East Sussex, ensuring that co-production is at the heart of everything we do.
I’m also an NNPCF National Rep, representing Parents and Carers across the country at a National level, and in my “spare time” I’m a member of the Transition Taskforce Parent Advisory Group, working with Together for Short Lives.
Areas of interest….. EVERYTHING as nothing can happen in isolation for our children and young people.
Rabbits, Genealogy, Law, Hogwarts, and Emmerdale, are significant distractions in my life too.”
Wendy Turner - email@example.com
Wendy leads on Finance and the Local Offer. She is a Kinship Carer bringing up her grandchildren, Callum almost 12 and Willow aged 6. Callum was diagnosed with autism just after starting school. In an effort to discover all she could about autism (although she did cover the work of Professor Baron-Cohen in Psychology) she went to as many workshops, parent meetings and information seminars as possible. It was at a meeting about EHC plans that Wendy signed up to ESPaCC....two years later here she is.
Her background career wise - she started out as a Bookkeeper, then taught Ballroom and Latin dancing, later returned to Bookkeeping and finished off retraining in Complementary Therapies and Counselling.
Kerry Baldwin - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerry is our Administration Lead, and has worked in various administration roles, including with the local authority; Social Services and a local GP surgery where she gained a lot of experience which is valuable for her role as ESPaCC Administration Officer. She has been responsible for website maintenance in the past, writing a variety of newsletters, creating forms and setting up office systems and hopes her experience will be useful to ESPaCC.
Although she has no children of her own she has had a long term health condition since childhood which gives her an understanding of the needs of disabled children. She also feels that as she grew up watching her parents doing their best at a time when there was less help than today it gives her empathy for parents and carers involved with ESPaCC.
Lisa Reynard - email@example.com
Lisa is our Membership Lead, and became involved with ESPaCC at the beginning of 2015 to set up a working membership database and tends to work on an ad hoc basis when required which suits her current circumstances. Previously she had a couple of careers. In her twenties she worked as a PA in London for a management consultancy where she learnt a lot and enjoyed the buzz of London. She eventually left to fulfill a yen to travel and went bouncing around South East Asia and the Far East which Lisa loved. She finally landed in New Zealand where she ended up living and working for a couple of years.
On her return from travels she became involved with the Citizens Advice Bureau locally and helped set up a new telephone advise charity that offered free help and advice to anyone in debt, anything from credit card debt to threatened house repossession and very much enjoyed the role and trained to become a Money Advisor/Debt Counsellor.
Very unexpectedly Lisa’s gorgeous daughter, who had cerebral palsy, passed on in 2014 age 10. Lisa’s family have always been a contact of ESPaCC, and she now feels privileged to be part of such a valuable organisation.