SENDPO operates as an unincorporated network of Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs) within the South-East. The network is managed collaboratively by its member DPOs to agree and deliver its mission and vision for mutual benefit. Major decisions are made by full members, with more detailed decisions being delegated to a Project Board.
SENDPO’s Board is currently made up of the Chief Officers of five of its founder member organisations. These are:
Geraldine has worked in the third sector for over 25 years. Throughout her career she has been passionate about empowering people to become involved, always putting service users at the centre of all activities. She was delighted to join Possability People as its Chief Officer in 2007. Geraldine works strategically with all stakeholders and strives to ensure that the organisation is effectively positioned and is financially able to meet the aspirations of its membership.
Philippa joined Independent Lives as Chief Executive in January 2011. Previously she worked alongside NHS healthcare trusts and the Department of Health as Director of the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service for the South East and South West of England. She has a long career history in the public and voluntary sector, working in local government in London and West Sussex, children’s services, advocacy and consumer policy. Philippa was Head of Consumer Affairs at BT from 2002 to 2004 and Director of Development at 4Children from 2004 to 2006.
Ian joined SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living in 1994 to develop Direct Payments Support Services, and became Chief Executive in 1998. Ian is actively involved with several other organisations controlled by Disabled People, including Disability Rights UK. He has also served on a number of influential bodies, locally, regionally & nationally.
Clive has been Chief Executive at Surrey Disabled People’s Partnership since 2008. this organisation has developed to be one of the largest regional disabled people’s organisations in the UK, providing a diverse range of services. Clive feels passionately that disabled people and carers have a pivotal role in the design and development of services that ensure independent living. Clive is also a Board member of the Surrey ULO Project Board, Woking Community Transport and a member of the National Rail Accessibility Forum. Previously to his current role, he worked within various voluntary sector posts including a policy role within Guide Dogs..
Carol joined Surrey Users Network as its Coordinator in 2005 and helped the organisation change its name and construction to become Surrey Coalition of Disabled People in 2007. She has been its Chief Executive since then. Surrey Coalition is the voice of disabled people in Surrey and is the central point for engagement between disabled people and our core funder, Surrey County Council, and all other public bodies in Surrey. This ensures the involvement of disabled people in the co-production of strategies and services affecting their lives.
Within Surrey, Carol also chairs the User Led Organisations Project Board to deliver information and services for disabled people through the 8 Surrey Hubs, on behalf of Surrey County Council.
Prior to working for a Disabled People’s Organisation, Carol spent most of her career of 27 years in senior management roles within the NHS.
Theresa joined SENDPO as Policy and Development Officer in October 2012, when she was appointed into the role following the sad and untimely death of Nick Danagher, her predecessor.
Theresa Hodge is a freelance Disability Equality Consultant. She has over 20 years experience of working in the disability field, both in paid and voluntary roles. She has chaired two local Disabled People's User-led Organisations and has also been Co-Chair of the East Sussex Improving Life Chances Partnership Board.
Theresa's freelance work has included provision of training to the statutory and voluntary sector, as well as research into the experiences of disabled people using public authority services.
Theresa managed East Sussex Disability Association's ULO Demonstrator Site project, working with a team of consultants to provide training and consultancy to organisations working with disabled people and carers, and produced a support pack for community and voluntary sector organisations to help them develop as ULOs.