Meet the Team

Our Staff

All of our SENDIAS staff are independently trained to give you accurate, useful, relevant information and advice about special educational needs/disabilities. They’ll use their knowledge and experience to support you in making decisions about educational issues and concerns.

Most of our team work across the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire areas. You may meet our Area Practitioners and other team members at our workshops, events and local drop-in sessions. Your first point of contact will usually be our Information, Advice & Support (IAS) line workers, who will respond to your contact form, telephone call or email.

Whether you live in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire, any of our Information, Advice and Support workers can help you. Although you may build up a relationship with a particular staff member, we can’t guarantee that you will always be able to speak to the same person.

Meet the Team:

Head of Service:
Florence Weston

Strategic Leads:
Sarah Bishop & Santie Human

Area Practitioners:

Bristol Area Practitioner: Katherine Jackson

North Somerset Area Practitioner: Sam Gist

North Somerset SEND in Schools Practitioner: Charlie Shipp

South Gloucestershire Area Practitioner: Helen Bales

Information, Advice and Support Line Staff:

Information, Advice and Support Line Coordinators: Kirsty Armitage and Jo Dean

Senior Information, Advice and Support Line Worker: Davina Evans

Senior Information, Advice and Support Worker: Sara Maggs

Information, Advice and Support Line Worker: Jenna Hollywood

Information, Advice and Support Line Worker: Louise Tonkin


Volunteer Project Lead and Children and Young People Practitioner: Jane Franklin

Media Officer: Jenna Hollywood

Office & Finance Manager: Jodie Thame