I work for a local authority

The recent reforms place a strong emphasis on local authorities to meet their duties in the assessment and delivery of services for disabled children and young people.

The government has commissioned a number of organisations to provide support, training and advice to local authorities teams. To find out what that support looks like in detail please visit our dedicated SEND reforms page. You can access this support by contacting your Regional Lead which are listed below:

South West

  • Tatra Simpson, Dorset
  • Jan Frend, Dorset

Contact swsendregionalnetwork@dorsetcc.gov.uk or visit www.southwestchampion.co.uk.

North West

  • Dr Cathy Hamer, NW SEND regional network co-ordinator  
  • Tel: 0778 357 7284

Contact cwh01@hotmail.co.uk 

South East

  • Julia Katherine, Portsmouth
  • Tracey Maytas, Portsmouth

Contact Tracey.Maytas@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

North East

  • Paul Shadforth, Durham
  • Teresa Corsan-Bland, Durham
  • Clive Horton, Durham

Visit www.northeastchampion.co.uk.

West Midlands

  • Jeannette Essex, Coventry

Contact Jeannette.Essex@coventry.gov.uk or visit www.westmidlandschampion.co.uk.

East Midlands

  • Pat Bullen, Leicester City

Contact Pat.Bullen@leicester.gov.uk or visit www.emsrp.co.uk.

Yorkshire and Humberside

  • Julie Killey, Wakefield 
  • Jess Haslam, City of York

Contact jkilley@wakefield.gov.uk or jessica.haslam@york.gov.uk or visit www.yorkshumberchampion.co.uk.


  • Helen Phelan
  • Janet Leach, Enfield

Contact helen.phelan@barnet.gov.uk.