Meet the Steering Group

Photos top row left to right (if viewing from a desktop)-

  • Louise Middleton, Maureen Rolfe, Peter Phillips and Beth Callis


Photos bottom row left to right-

  • Sarah Murray and Esther Maristegui Nunez




What do we do?

Parent Carers Together has a Steering Group of key parents and carers who participate in external meetings for the benefit of our members and their children/young people.

Every member of the Steering Group writes a summary report of the meeting or task group they attended on behalf of Parent Carers Together.

Currently, Louise Middleton is the Chair of the Steering Group.

Beth provides admin support to the Steering Group.

What are our motivations, interests and areas of expertise?

Louise -Hi, I’m Louise, mum to 22-year-old (Craig).

My SEND ‘journey’ started over 18 years ago.  From 2004 to 2017 I was employed as SEN support in a variety of education settings supporting children and young people on a 1:1 basis and in small groups.  From 2003 to 2008 I was involved with a local support group in Poole, AS-U-R

The first parent carer forum – PAX – was formed around 2008 because parents recognised the need to engage with the local authority in order to bring about changes in service provision.  Since then we’ve gone through a couple of name changes, but the aims remain the same.  We want to empower parents to have a voice in how services for children with SEND are shaped and delivered locally.

Within the forum I am interested in Strategic Coproduction of services across all sectors of education, health and social care.  I represent the forum at numerous board meetings, for example: Coproduction, SEND Improvement, Mental Health and Post 16 Education, Employment and Training.

I want to be able to give back to other parent carers to ensure that they have a voice and to ensure that the services delivered meet the needs of children and young people and gives them the best possible start in life to enable them to reach their goals and aspirations.

When not volunteering with the forum I enjoy reading, archery and watersports.

Maureen- is interested in work around Post 16 and Post 19 Options and she is part of the local Learning Disability Partnership Board, Carer Action Group and Health Action Group.

Peter- is interested in strategic coproduction with the Local Authority, and in the specific needs of children who have experienced trauma, such as looked-after and adopted children. He also has experience in Elective Home Education. He represents the forum in the BCP SEND Transformation & Development Board, and the Strategic Partnership Board for Aspire Adoption Agency. Apart from his involvement with the forum, Peter works in marketing and strategy in the telecoms industry, and he is an Elder of his local church.

Sarah-is interested in discussions around School Phobia ('offrolling'), Autism (including PDA), Visual Impairment, and Specialist Health Needs. She has experience of both mainstream and specialist schools, colleges, and boarding school. She also has lived experience of, and an interest in, mental health issues and the LGBTQAI community.


How often do we meet?

Members of the Steering Group meet once a month (face to face or virtually) to provide meeting feedback, look at ways to increase parent involvement and to plan for the future of the forum.

Below are some photos of the Steering Group including photos of the Interim Steering Group on 14th May 2019 which was our first Steering Group meeting.