Parents in Partnership Stockport



Sherann Hillman MBE

Chair Parents in Partnership Stockport (PIPS)


Devoted mum of 3 children with Special Educational Needs. The Founder / Chair of PIPS which was formed with the Department for Education grant funding in 2008. Sherann is currently the North West representative and Co-Chair of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF). Sherann has been significantly involved in the Children and Families Act 2014 and relevant legislation, sitting on a number of work streams locally, regionally and nationally including the following: SEND Implementation Board; Department for Education; SEND Advisory Board (DfE); Disagreement and Resolution Advisory Group (DfE); Preparing for Adulthood Reference Group; Rochford Review; Personaly Budgets; Special Educational Needs Consortium. She was instrumental in the amendment to the Children and Families Act 2014 for the right for parents and carers to have the right to an assessment for support.


Head of family services for Seashell Trust which is a National charity supporting children and young adults with complex learning disabilities and additional communication needs from across the UK. They provide education and care, from 2-5 years, at their outstanding residential school, college and short break service.


Awarded "Community Champion" Proud of Stockport award in 2013 for her role in PIPS. She also received recognition from the Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson for her work in supporting the special educational needs and disability reforms in September 2014.


Sherann's role is to represent to the 23 parent carer forums in the NW as well as up to 152 parent carer forums across England. Bringing their issues, concerns as well as good practice to the NNPCF Steering Group to see if there are similar issues nationally that are effecting parent carer forums as well as parent carer’s in general. The idea being that we can address issues as a collective through participation locally, regionally and nationally.


Sherann is dedicated and committed to ensuring that children, young people and families are at the heart of all services and legislation. That they are fully engaged in working in co-production to shape services that fit best around them. Sherann has been an active parent rep since 2008 within the community of Stockport, as well regionally and nationally. Sherann advocates hard for the participation of parent carers in the design, development, review and delivery of services and implementation of SEND Reforms in Stockport.

Sherann's employers Seashell Trust fully support all her work as Chair by enabling her to fulfil her role.

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