Lewisham Parent and Carer’s Forum has a board of 7 trustees who are all parent carer volunteers. The Trustees set the planning pathway for the work of the Parent Forum and engage with the local services on behalf of parents and carers. The Parent Forum is facilitated by the Parent Participation Officer (PPO).

The Trustees and the PPO meet every 6 weeks to discuss Forum business. Information, advice, events and activities are shared with the wider Parent Forum members. The wider membership is invited to all consultations and surveys to encourage participation and engagement in gathering the views of parents and carers.

Trustees attend national events, London region cluster meetings and National Network of Parent Carer Forum events. This enables Lewisham parents to learn from and have a voice within the larger network as well as supporting parental engagement within Lewisham.


Nalan Salih


My name is Nalan Salih, I have lived in Lewisham all of my life, and I have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.

I am currently chairperson for Lewisham Parent and Carers Forum, the Children and Young People’s Forum, Contact. I give a great deal of my spare time freely in a volunteering capacity, especially around young people in general but also those with additional needs and disabilities, and their parents and carers.

Joyce Brako-Amoafo


My name is Joyce Brako-Amoafo and I am a mother of two daughters.

My eldest child has autism and learning disabilities. I feel we need to support our children to help them reach their full potential irrespective of the nature of their disabilities to enable them to lead a fulfilled life.

I have been involved with the Parent Forum from the beginning of its inception. I am active in volunteering my time in many other areas supporting children and young people with additional needs.

Nicole Gayle


My name is Nicole and I have a son who has autism & ADHD. I am passionate about supporting families with a chid/children or young person with special educational needs and disabilities.

I have worked with CAMHS facilitating mindful parenting, mental health and wellbeing. I have also been involved with mentoring young carers, early years, face to face befriending support with parents and much more.


I am a mother of four amazing children – 13, 11, 9 and 6. The oldest three have a diagnosis of Autism. Having spent all of my parental life thriving to educate myself, in knowing how to support my children-with their different needs.

I am extremely passionate about all aspects of Special Educational Needs and supporting other (SEN) parents to find their voice to help their child/children.

I am a hard-working, self-motivated and enthusiastic person who always tries to attain the highest standard.

Abi Tobun


I have a 6 year old son with Down’s Syndrome and a disgnosis of Autism.

I joined LPCF so that I can help with bringing about change and be the part of the collective voice for our children and families in Lewisham.

Elaine King


I am the parent of a child who was born with Down’s Syndrome and was diagnosed with Autism when he was 3+, I am intent on helping the world recognise that people with disabilities are not disabled but have special abilities and are able to contribute in a positive way to society.

Sue Stocks


I live in Lewisham with my husband and two boys, and my eldest son is on the Autistic Spectrum. I have volunteered in the past for many years and I have been the PPO for Lewisham Parent and Carer’s Forum for 4 years.

I am very passionate about supporting parents and carers in Lewisham so that their children and young people can receive the best possible support and have fulfilling lives in the same way that everyone is entitled to.