The Pinpoint Team
Chief Executive Officer
Sarah joined Pinpoint in October 2017. She is a mum of two boys – one with additional needs – and has a background in education policy and teaching. A former primary school teacher and SENCo, she has also headed up a school learning difficulties department and worked in various roles for the Department for Education, the Teacher Training Agency and Cambridgeshire County Council. She lives in Godmanchester.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Lisa was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Pinpoint in February 2022. Lisa first came to Pinpoint as a parent carer to seek support in respect of her own children. Having realised the value of that support, she quickly volunteered to become a Pinpoint Parent Champion. In November 2021, Lisa joined the Pinpoint staff team as Opportunities Area Workshop Host, having been self employed for the previous 6 years working in assessment and training for health and social care staff. Prior to that she has an extensive social care background. She is passionate about supporting other parent carers to get the support that they need when they need it and not to feel alone. Lisa is a Mum to 3 boys, 2 of whom have additional needs. Lisa is keen to help professionals supporting children with additional needs and their families to work together so that families get the help they need in the way that they need it.
Partnership & Participation Coordinator and Volunteer & Engagement Manager
For the past 15 years Linda has worked in the Third Sector researching, designing, delivering and managing services for young people and adults with learning disabilities. Her roles have given her insight into the needs and challenges around disability and allowed her to create services and resources that can alter perspectives, both for those who have a disability and the wider community. Her passion and drive for “normalisation” is for both those living with disability and their families.
Linda also happens to be mum to Jonnie Peacock Gold Medallist for Great Britain. As proud as she is of Jonnie’s achievements, she also remembers the pain and difficulty of the journey from when he contracted meningitis to London 2012 and the dramatic impact it had on the family.
Bianca has been a volunteer with Pinpoint for many years involved with the Continence Action Group, Wheelchair Forum and Lifelong SEND Pathway. Her background is in finance, but she is passionate about many issues across health, education and social care because her 19 year old daughter has profound learning and physical disabilities. Having recently had direct experience of the transition into adult services, Bianca is keen to continue working with various groups and service providers to “raise the bar” where it’s needed.
Kate joined the Pinpoint team in January 2021. She has many years of experience working in the not-for-profit scientific publishing industry. Most recently she has been raising her two young children – one who is profoundly deaf and also has visual impairment. Kate understands first hand about trying to obtain the right support for your child and the benefit of building connections with other parents who just “get it.” She is passionate about parents/carers being given the right information so they can best support their children.
Opportunities Area Workshop Host
Karina has been self-employed for the last 10 years as a martial arts instructor, running her own academy. During that time she was also employed for 5 years as development manager for a retirement development company. Karina is also employed as a private carer for one gentleman who she has worked with for 6 years. As well as being busy with various part time jobs, Karina is also studying Counselling at Bedford College and is a mum to 3 boys. All 3 of her children have a hereditary liver disease and 2 also have SEND needs. During the battle to receive help for her youngest son, Karina became very passionate about helping and supporting other SEND parents and this led her to Pinpoint.
Opportunities Area Network Lead
Since I can remember I have been interested in childhood development and child psychology. I was particularly interested in early years and researching childhood theories. I have two children and I was a stay-at-home mum for a few years while raising them. When I was ready to go back to work I chose to go into the pre-school environment. I worked as a one to one which was an amazing and very rewarding role. It provided me with so much insight into the SEN jungle. After this, I wanted to learn more and do more, and I am currently a lead SENCO and Designated Child Protection as well as a Deputy Manager of a pre-school. I have been supporting children and families within my locality for over 7 years now and I have first-hand experience of the difficulties those families have. I have known about Pinpoint for a while and when the opportunity came up to join the team I jumped at the chance and I was lucky enough to get the job and do what am really passionate about. If I am not researching, reading or working, I am spending time with my children – family game nights and National Trust visits are our favourite.
Opportunities Area Administrative Support Assistant
Michelle is mum to four children, two who have additional needs. Michelle joined Pinpoint as a Parent Champion volunteer in 2019. She wanted to help other SEND parents through the work that Pinpoint does because it was so beneficial to her and her family. In November 2021, she joined Pinpoint in an official capacity as Opportunities Area Administrative Support Assistant. She has a background as an Early Years Practitioner, a Support Worker for Adults with Additional Needs and an Administrative Assistant. She studied Social Work and Psychology with a special interest in Child Development at University. Since the birth of her children she has focused a lot of her training and interest around Autism Spectrum Disorder.