Ask our Speakers

Ask our speakers

Welcome to the Ask our speakers zone, a place to get your questions answered.

We know it’s not always easy to find answers for your own personal situation, but we are here to help. The Transition Event brings together a number of expert speakers, and here’s your chance to put your questions to them!

Whether you’ve got a difficult EHCP situation or you’re not sure on the next steps for living independently, send us your question via the form at the bottom of this page and we will do our best to get them answered.

Rukhsana qualified as a Solicitor in 1997 and has previously specialised in Civil Litigation, Education Law, Personal Injury Law and Employment Law.

Rukhsana is currently specialising in Special Educational Needs and appeals to the SEND Tribunal.  She advises and represents parents seeking to obtain or challenge a Statement of Special Educational Needs. In addition, she advises on school admissions and exclusions and disability discrimination cases.  Rukhsana speaks Urdu and Punjabi and is happy to advise clients who speak these languages.

Rukhsana finds it very rewarding helping parents to ensure that Local Authorities meet the Special Educational Needs of their child.  She has 2 brothers and a sister with severe learning and physical disabilities.

Caroline is Assistant Director of Council for Disabled Children. She is a key player in ensuring the success of CDC’s social care training programmes which look at the links between recent changes in SEND legislation and supporting young people as they prepare for adulthood. 

For several years, she was the Director of a community interest company that she set up to support young people with autism to engage in outdoor adventure activities. She also has an NVQ 5 in Leadership and Management in health and social care services for children and young people, and she was previously the CQC registered manager of a short break outreach service in a Local Authority.  

Caroline has volunteered and worked with disabled children and young people since she was 16 and continues to support a family during her spare time.  

Bev Jessop is Principal and Chief Executive at Queen Alexandra College in Birmingham.  She has specialist education sector leadership experience of over 15 years at independent specialist Colleges (charities) and mainstream colleges, having a diverse range of knowledge in the fields of special education needs and disability (SEND) and High Needs Students (HNS).  Bev is Director on the NATSPEC board, representing organisations in the West Midlands. She is a qualified teacher and a part time Ofsted Inspector specialising in High Needs. 

Bev has specialist teaching knowledge in the fields of autism and Visual Impairment as well as a comprehensive understanding of post-compulsory funding developments. She has a keen interest in educational management, with a Masters in educational leadership as well as a MBA in change management.

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