Meet the Steering Group

We’re a group of parent carers of children and young people with a range of special educational needs and disabilities. We’re all volunteers who want to improve the everyday experiences of our children and young people in Devon.

Julia Bonell

Co-chair

I’m mum to four lovely kids – two have SEND. I’ve lived in Devon since 2011 and love this beautiful part of the world. I believe that involving parents in decision making is key to successfully improving things for our children and young people.

Email me: cochairs@parentcarerforumdevon.org

Victoria Mitchell

Co-chair

I moved to Devon in 2014 and have two boys with SEND. I want to help improve services for all families. I’m passionate about the difference receiving quality support at the right time makes.

Email me: cochairs@parentcarerforumdevon.org

Linda Taylor Cantrill

Treasurer

I moved to Devon 2008 and I’m now a mum of SEND twins. I hope to be part of the cohesive communications between SEND parents and Local Government policy makers generating an uplift in quality of life for all SEND families.

Gemma Cook

Steering Group Member

I’m mum to 3 I have a daughter and 2 boys who both have SEND.
I love to advocate for others in my position who maybe struggle to use their voice and I love the support from parent carers in devon it really is amazing and I believe we can work together to make a difference.

Hannah Fujita

Steering Group Member & PCFD Rep

I’m mum to 3 children, one with SEND. Through my daughter I have over a decade of experience of several different areas of Devon’s SEND services, in both mainstream and special schools, but the area I feel most strongly about is language and communication support.

Jane Ring

Training Adviser & Steering Group Member

I am a parent carer to a 12 year old Deafblind girl who attends mainstream school. I have helped to influence services on offer for SEND children in Devon for nearly 10 years. I am bringing my training expertise to the Steering Group and hope to make sure our experiences are listened to, heard, understood and acted on.

Jen Heskin Martin

Steering Group Member & PCFD Rep

I moved to Devon sixteen years ago. I have two young People age 25 and 13. Both have additional needs. I am looking forward to working with the Forum for the greater good.

Nina Weyman

Steering Group Member

I live with my awesome partner and our two wonderful boys, we all live with ASC.
My passion is to help support all children and their families

Ursula Easton-Pool

Steering Group Member & PCFD Rep

I’m a partially deaf, autistic adult of 2 autistic children, both with SEND, and as different as chalk and cheese. I work in SEND, and am very passionate about children / young people and their families having the right support, and the knowledge to get it.

Read about what went on at our last Steering Group meeting here:

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