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 support element we offer, which includes always looking at new ways to develop it, along with managing the support team and all our volunteers. 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 grown up sons. The eldest has ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome, my middle son has Asperger’s syndrome and my youngest has atypical Autism.

Between the three of them they have been in mainstream schools, resource bases, primary and secondary pupil referral units and the equivalent of Pathways, out of county residential special schools, and mainstream colleges and it has been quite a journey. They are all still in mainstream education and are doing really well. One of my sons is in higher education which I wouldn't have predicted happening. I am so proud of them all.

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 met at lots of different places as 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.

My main role is the finance side of SGPC, however I also am the Health and Safety lead and I participate in meetings as required. I tend to deal more with office matters and participation. We have grown a lot since our humble beginnings and we couldn't have done it without our amazing team.

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