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. Find out more about our speakers below…
Rukhsana is presenting EHCPs and SEN Support at 11.00 am, Friday 20th November.
Rukhsana qualified as a solicitor in 1997. She 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, as well as advising on school admissions and exclusions and disability discrimination cases.
She has two brothers and a sister with severe learning and physical disabilities (they were diagnosed with Smith-LemliOpitz Syndrome at birth) and understands, from her own experience, a parent’s desire to ensure the education their child receives is appropriate and meets their particular needs.
Caroline is presenting Navigating Transition at 11.45am Friday 20th November.
Caroline is Assistant Director of the Council for Disabled Children (CDC).
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.
Her experience of supporting families to navigate existing support systems has allowed her to see how challenging this system can be, both for families and the professionals working within it.
Bev is presenting Education options and the future at 1.15pm Friday 20th November.
Bev Jessop is Principal and Chief Executive at Queen Alexandra College in Birmingham.
She has specialist 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 parttime Ofsted Inspector specialising in High Needs.
Nic is presenting Practical steps towards independent living at 1.45pm Friday 20th November.
Nic has over 16 years’ experience in the charitable and public affairs sector. He spent 11 years as Director of Care, Campaigns and Information at Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK), where he led on initiatives to improve the independence and quality of life for individuals and families living with muscle-wasting conditions across the UK.
Nic joined Habinteg as Director of Strategy and External Affairs in Nov 2018, leading Habinteg’s influencing and policy agenda in the accessible housing sector.
Sam joins Nic Bungay to discuss Practical steps towards independent living at 1.45pm Friday 20th November.
Born in Germany and raised in Lancashire, Samantha Renke is an actress, presenter, disability activist, inclusion and equality consultant and keynote speaker. Prior to moving to London, she was a modern languages teacher.
She is a columnist for the Metro and has written a multitude of articles on what it is like to be disabled in a disabling world, as well as several socio-cultural criticisms on patronising attitudes, body image, bullying, LGBTQ+ issues, ableism and the financial and social costs of being disabled.