I am the proud father of Arun and Meri. Arun was born very prematurely. He has cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy, learning difficulties and an insatiable lust for life. Meri is very fortunate in that she has no problems other than having her poor father wrapped around her little finger.
I am a passionate advocate of participation and co-production. Between May 2013 and June 2016, I had the privilege of being the chair of the Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum and between May 2014 and December 2015 I was the co-chair of the Eastern Region of Parent Carer Forums.
Prior to joining the NNPCF Steering Group, I was the Director of Projects at Leonard Cheshire Disability where I helped the charity develop its business plans, review its organisation and championed co-production with disabled people.
In a previous life, I qualified as a chartered accountant in 1996 before realising that I really didn’t like working with numbers and so went onto build a career in change management. I worked in the financial sector for 18 years devising strategy and implementing large technology, offshoring and re-engineering programmes. In 2011, I kicked the City habit and resigned after 11 years at Deutsche Bank to spend more time with my family and I’ve never looked back.
I believe that everyone in society has a right to be heard. In world of lobbying, campaigning and spin it is essential that the people who make policy, set budgets and deliver services hear the real, authentic voice of families living with SEND. And that’s what I aspire to help the NNPCF do.