Who we are

President - Sue Woodgate

Sue Woodgate, President of SENDacSue is Assistant Director SEN, Access and Inclusion in Salford and has been President of the Association since the 2009 AGM. She continues as the key contact person for the day-to-day matters of the association.

Sue as  range of experience in Special Educational Needs in both Schools and Local Authorities as  Head of the Support Service for Special Educational Needs in Derbyshire and teachng in BESD schools in Stockport, Warwickshire, Buckinghamshire and non maintained Special Schools sector.



Vice-President - Niki Elliot

Vice-President Niki Elliot

Niki Elliot is a principal lecturer in education leadership and management at Sheffield Hallam University. She leads on inclusion, with a particular focus on special educational needs and disability (SEND), for the Sheffield Institute of Education. She has led the development of professional learning within education Master's Awards and continues to teach on the dissertation phase of the Master's awards and on the National Award for SEN Coordination.

Niki has a growing national profile in the field of SEND. She is the Chair of the Special Educational Consortium (SEC) which brings together a broad range of voluntary and professional organisations to promote the right of disabled children and young people with SEN to a high -quality education  by scrutinizing the development and implementation of national policy and guidance.  


Honorary Secretary - Lorraine Stephen

Lorraine is from the Fylde Coast but works as Head of SEN and Complex Needs in Salford



Honorary Treasurer - John Keever

John Keever - Honorary Treasurer of SENDacJohn lives in London and took on responsibility for the accounts and membership registration in 2009.