SNAP is governed by an Executive Board of 10 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.

Mandy Carr (Chair) 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stuart Hulbert is a Chartered Insurance Broker and Joint Managing Director of a Chartered Insurance broking firm based in Brentwood. Stuart specialises in advising and arranging insurance for the care and social welfare sector.

Richard Bareham is a Chartered Management Accountant with 30 years of finance experience, 17 of which have been in senior management roles within the charity sector.  Richard has worked for healthcare and welfare charities in East Anglia, London and Sydney ranging in size from £2m to £300m revenue. He is currently the Head of Finance for a large Hospice charity in Essex.

Kate Scola has two sons and works as an economist at the Competition and Markets Authority.

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