Rachel Trueman

Chief Executive Officer/Director

South Glos Parents and Carers (SGPC) is an organisation I am so proud to be part of. Bringing Parent Carers together to help and support each other and to try to make the journey easier for other families on their own journey is so powerful.  

I Co-founded SGPC (formerly known as Our Voice Matters) back in 2009 with a couple of other parents and we have grown from strength to strength. 

In 2013 I took on the role as CEO at SGPC in my day to day role and also sit on the board as a Director. 

My background was in Retail Management which involved managing teams , stock control , display and marketing and customer service . When I gave up work for childcare reasons I kept myself busy and enjoyed getting involved in various projects . I have been involved in volunteering for over 15 years now which ranged from running the PTA at my sons local school, being a school governor in 3 different schools, running the NAS South Glos Branch and for 6 years volunteered with South Glos Parents Carers. 

I welcomed the opportunity to be involved in SGPC to work with other parents and services to make a real difference for families in South Gloucestershire and this has continued and will always be a passion of mine.

Leonie Pollinger

Development Support Manager/ Director

As a parent of a son with Down Syndrome I became involved with SGPC in 2010 as I was interested in making a difference for other families as well as working alongside professionals to help improve and shape services.

I am also a former paediatric nurse with 15 years’ experience so I have an insight into parent carers’ journeys and how difficult it can be from both a parents and professionals perspective.

In 2013 SGPC became a Community Interest Company and this is when I became heavily involved and became a director. My daily role is ‘development & support manager’ in which I oversee the whole team, and support them, as well as always looking at new ways to develop our organisation. Being part of SGPC gives me so much drive and passion to help families in South Glos. 

Sue Holt

Finance Manager /Director

I’m a single mother with 3 lovely teenage boys. The eldest has ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome, my middle son has Asperger’s syndrome and had my youngest has atypical Autism.

Between the three of them they have been in mainstream, resource bases, the pupil referral unit and the Junction, residential special schools and it has been quite a journey. now they are all in mainstream colleges and are doing really well.

We have had had good experiences and bad along the way and I am hoping that I might be able to help improve things for others in similar circumstances. Changes are happening and I want my voice heard as those changes take place. I have been involved with SGPC since 2009 when it was called Our Voice Matters and have seen many developments in that time. I became a Director when SGPC first formed in 2013 and we didn't even have an office, but we had the determination to make a difference and share the knowledge we have collected along the way.

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