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Meet the Team: Participation


The WPCC as an organisation is managed by Stuart Hall, our Strategic Director. The WPCC has a core Steering Group of officers, many of whom are volunteer Team Leads; the Steering Group has a collective responsibility for the WPCC’s participation work. The Team Leads in turn are supported by an enthusiastic team of parent representatives. For more information, see our Organisation Chart.

Strategic Director: Stuart Hall
Chair of Participation: Trudy Srawley
Office Administrator: Kieran McCaldon
Steering Group Members: Jenny Oliver and Sue Saunderson
Parent Representatives: Denise Milton, Jon Woodhead, Jessica Merritt and Chris Shord


Stuart Hall

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Stuart Hall

Strategic Director

When he was born in 1996, Stuart’s son suffered a brain haemorrhage, leaving him with cerebral palsy, left hemiplegia, epilepsy, hydrocephalus and partial sightedness. In the early years, Stuart and his wife experienced a frustrating lack of support, resources and understanding.

Since the launch of Aiming High in 2008 however, Stuart believes that the picture has changed. He says “I am pleased to say that the needs of children and young people with disabilities and special needs seem to be much higher on Wiltshire Council’s agenda. I am proud to have played a part in the transformation of services in Wiltshire through my previous roles as Vice-Chair and Interim-Chair of the WPCC and it is very rewarding to see some of our achievements recognised at a national level.”

Stuart became Strategic Director of the WPCC in 2014. As Strategic Director of the WPCC, Stuart has overall responsibility for the Participation and Strategic work of the WPCC and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Service (SENDIS). Additionally, Stuart works locally, regionally and nationally with bodies including the National Network for Parent Carers (NNPCF), Contact and the DfE to ensure that the voice of parent carers and their experiences are not only heard at a local level in Wiltshire but also nationally to affect real change in services that families use. Stuart is an active member of many boards and working groups including FACT, the Local Offer Working Group, the Disability and SEN Trust Group, and Safeguarding of children and young people; additionally, Stuart meets regularly with many representatives of LA services, and organisations and services including health, commissioned providers and the voluntary sector.

You can contact Stuart using the details below.

Email: Director@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 01225 764647



Trudy Srawley

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Trudy Srawley
Chair of Participation.

Trudy has a husband, a 17-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son. Her son was diagnosed with dyslexia six years ago and she says it’s been a steep learning curve for all the family, especially with the social and emotional issues that can accompany this learning difference. Trudy has lived in Wiltshire all her life and says: “I love Wiltshire”.

Before joining the WPCC in 2014, Trudy worked for 10.5 years on Danone Nutricia’s baby careline, providing parents, carers and healthcare professionals with advice and support. Trudy also has experience in consumer insights events which she is passionate about as she believes they promote good communication and help tailor information and services to families’ needs. Coaching/mentoring, counselling and emotional intelligence have also been a big part of Trudy’s work. Helping others has always been at the heart of what Trudy does and she says she is looking forward to continuing this in her role with the WPCC.

Email: Participation@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 01225 764647



Kieran McCaldon

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Office Administrator

Graduating from Bath Spa University in 2016 with a 2:1 degree in Business Management, Kieran started working at the WPCC in February 2018. He has taken on the role of Office Administrator and is responsible for looking after membership, events, finance and administration.

Kieran himself has an Aspergers diagnosis and says he understands and appreciates that life can be frustrating and confusing when Special Educational Needs and Disabilities are involved, especially when the disability is very much unseen. However, Kieran also said that he thinks there have been significant positive changes in recent years since he was at school, and said that “It has been great to see how much support people gain from WPCC and how it is able to give people a voice who otherwise would not be heard”.

You can contact Kieran using the details below.

Email: office@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 01225 764647



Denise Milton

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Denise Milton

Lead Parent Representative for Early Years

As Team Leader for Early Years, Denise attends SEN Strategy meetings and Childcare sufficiency meetings. She also works closely with the four District Specialist Centres and meets regularly with parents and carers of the children attending them to find out if there are any issues that need to be fed back.

Denise has lived in Wiltshire for many years and is a long term foster carer to four children whose ages range from 10 to 14. Three of them have additional needs ranging from learning difficulties, global developmental delay, speech and language needs, hydrocephaly and hearing impairment. Two of them attend mainstream secondary school with support and the youngest one attends a Specialist Learning Centre at a mainstream Primary but will move to specialist provision for Secondary school.

Denise worked as an Early Years Inclusion Advisor for the Early Intervention Team in Wiltshire for 7 years and hopes in her work with WPCC to use the knowledge and experience gained during that time to represent parents and carers of Early Years children.

You can contact Denise using the details below.

Email: earlyyears@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 01225 764647 or 07842 084327



Jenny Oliver

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Jenny Oliver

Lead Parent Representative for 16 - 25 Commissioning and Transition to Adulthood

As Team Lead for Transitions, Jenny represents the views and concerns of parents at meetings of the Partnership Transitions Board and the Children and Young People’s Trust Disability /SEN Group at Wiltshire Council.

Jenny moved back from Abu Dhabi to the UK three years ago in order to find a suitable school for her severely autistic son, Alexander, who is age 12 and thanks to a Wiltshire Council funded residential placement, is currently doing well at a school in Dorset. She also has three other children who range from 8 to 16 years.

“After the stressful time I had going through the tribunal system,” she says, “I am concerned about Alexander’s future transitions process. I believe very strongly that parents should feel listened to and fully represented regarding their child’s education.”

You can contact Jenny directly using the details below.

Email: transitions@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 01225 764647 or 07842 062197

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Jessica Merritt

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Jessica Merritt
Lead parent representative for Health.

Jess is a parent of two children with additional needs. Her 12 year old son was born at 26 weeks gestation which resulted in chronic lung disease and Auditory Neuropathy which caused bilateral profound deafness. He has also been diagnosed with ADHD and Autism and he currently attends a specialist school for deaf children with additional needs in Exeter. Jess' 18 year old daughter has visual processing difficulties.

Due to her own personal experiences of working with services to access the provision she needed for her son, Jess understands how stressful and sometimes difficult it can be trying to get those needs met. Jess' first 18 months with the WPCC was as a parent representative in Early Years, supported by Denise Milton. She spent much of her time visiting all of the county's District Specialist Centres and Children's Centres, meeting and chatting with parents. In April 2015, Jess took on a new role as Health Team Lead which involves meetings with Wiltshire Council, NHS and other agencies, working closely with professionals, parents and carers and collating their feedback. Jess is passionate about being involved in health and has a wealth of personal experience in relation to the medical intervention her son receives.

Jess would like to see a day when no parent has to fight for any service that their child needs. She says “our children can be challenging on their own without having to challenge their rights. If we can get it right at the start while they are small, the outcomes could be life changing and hopefully enable many of our young people to live independently without still needing lots of services as young adults.”

Email: health@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 01225 764647



Sue Saunderson

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Sue Saunderson

Committee member

Sue is a very proud mum of two beautiful sons. Her eldest is 17 and has a diagnosis of Aspergers syndrome and ADHD, and her youngest is 12 years old with a diagnosis of autism and ADHD.

Sue’s experience of accessing education has been very different with each of her sons. The youngest has had specialist help from a very early age through portage, stepping stones and specialist placements. In contrast, Sue has had to fight to get the same treatment for her eldest. Both of Sue’s boys receive funding from Wiltshire Councl to attend day placements at specialist schools located outside the county.

By working with the WPCC Sue hopes to be able to help improve local services so that they can make a greater difference to the lives of all who need them.

You can contact Sue using the details below.

Telephone: 01225 764647



Jon Woodhead

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Jon Woodhead

Parent Representative for Health, Wheelchairs & Equipment

As a parent representative Jon is a member of the health team alongside Shelagh Matthews.

Jon’s 4-year-old daughter Ellen has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, is blind, epileptic and has hydrocephalus. His experience of finding suitable equipment for her, including beds, sleep systems, hoists, wheelchairs, indoor seating, car seats and feeding (Ellen is gastrostomy-fed) has given him a deep insight into the challenges faced by parents and carers who need similar resources for their children. “My aim” says Jon “is to promote greater co-ordination across health, social care teams, education and other agencies.”

You can contact Jon directly using the details below.

Email: health@wiltspcc.co.uk



Chris Shord

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Chris is the parent representative for health working with Shelagh Matthews and Jess Merritt. She says of her role :-

I care for my grandson who is 15 and has asthma, seizures and various mental health conditions. Having spent almost 6 years finding him the help and support he so badly needed discovering WPCC was life changing.

Now I would like to be able to signpost others and make a positive contribution to WPCC.

Email: admin@wiltspcc.co.uk
Telephone: 01225 764647