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Meet the Team

The Parent Voice Team are located across the various districts in the Hampshire area. Below you can find out more about the team, their background and how to contact them. We have 9 Parent Voice Workers, 1 in each district as well as a Buddy Coordinator. These workers can assist with various queries you may have from education to accessing leisure opportunities for your child. You can also contact Parent Voice via our advice line on 0300 303 8603.

We look forward to speaking with you soon

Kris Mayer


Meet Kris... Winchester

Area: Winchester

My name is Kris Mayer and I have been working for Parent Voice for just over 2 years. I have 6 children; 2 have additional needs and I also have a son with Autism.

When I found out that my son was ‘different’, I felt very isolated and alone and powerless. I felt rather lost for some time as I began to explore the sort of help and support that was available. I am keen to help everyone so that no-one else has to feel isolated or powerless. There were times when it was hard to find leisure opportunities that were suitable for my child, so I am passionate about helping people find activities which suit their children, too.

I’d like to help you in any way that I can. Please contact me and together we can explore options to make life a little easier.



Alison Crabtree


Meet Alison... Eastleigh and Southern Test Valley

Area: Eastleigh

Hello! I'm Al, I have 4 sons and live by the sea. I enjoy running with my dog Bonzo and love spending time outdoors with my family. My no.3 son has severe cerebral palsy and I have always been very passionate about him being able to have the same opportunities and experiences as his brothers and other children.

I am really looking forward to working with and supporting families in Eastleigh & the southern part of the Test Valley. I am also keen to continue promoting inclusion and enabling children with additional needs to access more leisure and recreational activities in our area.

Please do get in touch and I will do my best to help.

Look forward to hearing from you!


Katrina Spridgeon


Meet Katrina...

Area: New Forest

Hi my name is Katrina and I am the Parent Voice Worker for the New Forest area. I have lived in the New Forest all of my life and feel so lucky to live so close to both the beach and the forest. My children and I spend lots of time in both of these areas enjoying the simple things in life with our chocolate lab, Charlie.

I have two children, a son and a daughter. My son is on the autistic spectrum and my daughter is neuro typical. Since finding ourselves in the world of disabilities life has been overwhelming, interesting, challenging, a very steep learning curve but also very rewarding. I have met some amazing parents through our journey so far and now have a support network of friends, who are also parents of young people with disabilities that I would not be without.

I started working for Parent Voice in April 2012 and I absolutely love my job. I am passionate about helping to empower parents to advocate for their child. If you need any help then give me a call.


Richard Uren

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Meet Richard... Buddy Coordinator

Area: All Hampshire

Hello my name is Richard Uren

I am married and live in Eastleigh. I have four children. 20, 19, 4 & 1. My 19 year son has autism and now resides in residential accommodation in Southampton. It is a fantastic place and is very close so we have not lost contact between him and the family. It is difficult, costly and at times frustrating bringing up a child with additional needs and that is why I wanted to join Parent Voice at its inception. I hope that over the past few years we have helped many families negotiate the maze of information available and that we will continue to do that as we move forward.

I originally joined Parent Voice at the start of 2010 in the role of Participation Officer for Eastleigh and Winchester. During that time I was instrumental in the development of the Community Buddy Scheme in Hampshire. The scheme has been part of Hampshire’s short breaks programme since 2011.

From April this year I now have the role of Community Buddy Coordinator for the scheme and will be looking to develop and expand the scheme further. If you have any queries, questions or concerns in respect of the Community Buddy Scheme please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Jo Maxwell-Heron

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Meet Jo... Basingstoke and Deane

Area: Basingstoke and Deane

Hello my name is Jo Maxwell-Heron and I am working for Parent Voice in Basingstoke and Deane. I have lived in Basingstoke for a number of years with my husband and our two children.

My son who is now 12 has a rare genetic condition called Tuberous Sclerosis. He was diagnosed when he was 3.5 years old. At this time I felt my world had fallen apart like there was nowhere to turn and no one understood what is was like to be faced with this news. I did not feel like I could have heartfelt conversations with professional Specialists and Doctors. I hope that with the experience that I have gained, I will be able to signpost you to services and support for you and your family.

I joined Parent Voice in April 2012 and I hope during this time I have been able to put lots of support in our community for families with children and young people with additional needs. I really love my job and I find it very rewarding. Please feel free to get in touch if you have a query that you think I might be able to help you with. I always try to help as best I can.


Joanne Nash


Meet Joanne... Test Valley North

Area: Test Valley


I’m Joanne Nash and I’m the Parent Voice Worker for the Test Valley. My journey into the world of disability, countless hospital appointments, and having to stand my ground on behalf of my son began when my second child was six weeks old. As with any journey there have been ups and downs, and if I’m perfectly honest my journey has been in a totally different direction to that which I had planned. One of the ‘ups’ however is my job with Parent Voice.

There have been many people helping my family over the years, and to be able to use those experiences to help other families is very satisfying. I work with a great team of people who all share the same passion, to make life just a little bit easier for as many families as possible. I’m lucky enough to have lived in the Test Valley for over fourteen years, and both my children have been born here. I love the diversity of Romsey, Stockbridge and Andover, and the quietness of the rural communities– one of which I’m lucky enough to live in.

Being in a rural location, or ‘in the middle of no- where’, as some of my friends describe it, certainly brings it’s challenges when living with a child with a disability. Not least the worry of how I would make it to the hospital when there is thick snow outside and I am struggling to get my sons temperature of 39.8 down, but that’s another story! However having lived in the centre of Southampton for seven years the tranquillity and community focus has been a very welcome change, although I must admit I am following the progress of faster broadband closely, both my daughter and I tend to spend a lot of time on the internet and to do things a little bit faster would be fantastic.

Don’t forget to follow us on the Test Valley Voice Facebook page!


Natalie Walker


Meet Natalie... Hart and Rushmoor

Area: Hart and Rushmoor

Hi I’m Natalie.

I have two children aged 18 and 14, my youngest has ADHD, autism and epilepsy. Our journey really started when he diagnosed as developmentally delayed at 9 months old. Since then life has been all about hospital appointments, medical jargon and getting the right support both at home and at school. One of the best aspects of my job involves meeting other parents and sharing stories, laughs and advice.

In my spare time I love gardening and strangely studying as well. I am hoping through my studies to be able to develop a well-being program aimed at parents.


Rishi Ghosh


Meet Rishi...

Area: Havant

My name is Rishi and I enjoy doing judo, eating out and watching football. I am very much looking forward to the challenges and rewards of assisting children and young people to access leisure activity. I look forward to working with families and activity providers to reach common goals.


Sally Barnett


Meet Sally... East Hants

Area: East Hants

I have lived in East Hants for 29 years. I have two daughters aged 20 and 25 and a husband. My youngest daughter has ADHD and a learning disability and is full of energy with a tremendous love of music.

In my spare time I enjoy exercise, performing arts, gardening and walking our little dog Huni in the beautiful countryside near my home.

I am delighted to be working with families in East Hants and hope to meet many more of you in the future.


Tim Pattinson


Meet Tim... Fareham and Gosport

Area: Fareham and Gosport

Hi, my name is Tim.

I live in the Gosport area and I have worked for Parent Voice for the last two years. During that time I have worked with many local parents and carers who have been looking for information about local activities that their children can join in with.

Additionally, I have also been giving information to providers about training, visual stories and many more ideas which have supported them to help make their clubs and groups more accessible and inclusive, and to break down the barriers that children and young people with disabilities and additional needs often face on a day to day basis.

As part of the Parent Voice team, I am looking forward to working with more of you, helping you to find the information you need, not just on activities but on other topics which help you support your child develop and grow in confidence.

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