SNAP is governed by an Executive Board of 11 trustees who have a balanced mix of parents of children with disabilities and other members of the community, with experience in finance, health, law and education.

Michael O’Connell (Chairman) is a retired solicitor and Notary Public.


Mandy Carr (Vice Chairman) is an experienced HR Consultant and has previously worked within logistics, retail, IT, entertainment, manufacturing and catering industries. Mandy established her own HR Company in 2008 and also has experience as a School Governor/Academy Trust Director and as a Pension Fund Trustee.


Stephen Wall (Treasurer) is a retired founder and Managing Director of a water management company which was primarily engaged by social housing landlords to maintain safe water systems.


Suzanne Davies is a retired accountant who has worked in the adult training sector.  Previously she was a partner at a firm of Certified Accountants and worked with a wide range of charitable trusts and institutions.


Paula Hills started a music therapy charity for pre-school children with special needs in 1993 and she is a founder member of SNAP. Paula previously coordinated The Essex Forum for Support Groups/Organisations. Paula’s second child Oliver is multiply disabled.


David Levell is an experienced commercial manager within the information systems domain, who is currently studying for an MSc in intellectual property management at Queen Mary University London.


Julia Gray has two sons and is currently a full time mum. Her eldest, Archie, has special needs. Previously she worked for 20 years in the City for several financial companies.

Michael Bishop is an accountant. His career was primarily in financial services and, until he retired, he was Managing Director of a major investment management firm. He has a number of consultancy and directorship posts in Investment and Property organisations.


Stewart McArthur is a qualified general nurse, children’s nurse and Health Visitor who after clinical work, progressed to senior level in NHS management, managing multidisciplinary teams. For the last 15 years prior to retirement from the NHS he worked as Head of and Director level, commissioning children, young people and maternity services in London and Essex.


James Preston is a Senior Operations Manager looking after multiple government funded contracts across the East and South East of England for one of the largest public sector providers. James is also a parent of three children all with special educational needs who have all accessed the services provided by SNAP.

Paul Deller Ray is a Registered Social Worker with 30 years experience across Children, Adults and Families Social Care, both in the statutory and voluntary sectors. He has worked in a variety of settings including Fostering & Adoption, Youth Offending, Children with Disabilities and currently 6 years working in Community Learning Disabilities Teams (Adults) in two London Boroughs.

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“Thanks SNAP – you are a wonderful charity with excellent friendly staff and volunteers who are so much help to families.”