Who Are We


Ruth Hobbs – Chair of Directors



Tina Emery – Vice Chair of Directors


Hi I’m Tina and I’m a married Mum with 2 Children. My youngest has special educational needs. I have supported the forum since June 2014 and I also run a monthly support group in Wells and an EduCarers group in Wells. I love doing what I do. Signposting parent carers to services, which helps them to gain confidence and allows them to independently find their way. I have also worked in Education and Social Care.


Kerry Leydon – Director


Hi, I’m Kerry. I am a married mum of 2 children. My eldest has special educational needs. I love working with the forum in my spare time, which has led me to run a monthly group for other parent carers, to provide information and support.


Claire David – Steering group member

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Richard Hobbs – Steering group member


Hi I’m Richard. I am a Father of 2 children, both with additional needs. I have  experience in Management, IT, and Health & Social Care. I enjoy using these skills, along with the experiences of being a Dad, to further the voice of parent carer in Somerset in both Health and Local Authority meetings. I also enjoy the opportunity to meet other parent carers in Somerset and chat about our experiences.


Tanith Barret – Steering group member


Hi I’m Tanith. I’m a mother of 3 children, of which 2 have learning difficulties and medical needs. I enjoy helping with Drop-ins and being able to share my knowledge of available services with parents, in my spare time.


Claire Cole – Steering group member

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Hello, I’m Claire and I am a married mother of 3 children and 2 step children. My eldest son has Special Needs. I have supported the forum in different capacities since 2012 working around my family. I run a support group in Bridgwater and in Wellington alongside Claire David.  I also attend meetings within various services to feedback what works for parents and what needs improving. I enjoy being part of a team where you can make a difference to other parent carers and the services that we all access. I feel that it’s a great privilege to work together with parents and to support one another when we all need it most.


Julie Moule – Forum Representative

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Bev Burling – Forum Representative

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