Who We Are

Hayley Harding

Hayley is a solicitor and the parent to two boys. Her eldest son was diagnosed with autism in 2018. In 2019 she started the Sutton EHCP Crisis group following her fight to get her son an education. The group provides information and emotional support to parents and carers in Sutton Local Authority that are having to appeal decisions to reject their children for additional support at school.

Gillian Doherty

Gillian is a writer/editor and parent to three boys. Her youngest son has Down syndrome. In 2018 she co-founded the SEND Action group after repeated difficulties accessing education support for him from her local authority and cuts to local provision for disabled children. SEND Action is a national, parent-led group that works to protect and uphold the rights of disabled children and young people, prevent cuts to frontline services, and provide information and support for families.

Deanne Shaw

Deanne mum to Amber who is 17 and has a micro chromosomal disorder. Deanne has been involved in numerous campaigns around special educational needs and disabilities since Amber was born, including ‘Aiming High for Disabled Children’. She recently has been working within Greater Manchester to ensure the needs and views of disabled children and young people were represented within the devolution agenda.