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Meet Our Team

Jes Allan

Managing Director and SEN Consultant

My name is Jes, I am the Managing Director and Founder of Succeeding with SEN. I set up Succeeding with SEN in November 2020, after previously working as an SEN Officer for 3+ years. I have worked in SEN since 2010 and am passionate about making sure every child has what they need to flourish in their education. My own lived experience, as well as those close to me, has been a consistent motivator for me and fuelled my passion for this work. When I'm not working, I love to go climbing with my partner and friends, or spend time with my family. I love spending time in nature and finding new adventures!

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Sammy Allaway

SEN Case Coordinator 

Hi, my name is Sammy and I'm a SEN Case Coordinator at Succeeding with SEN. This is my first time working in the industry, however, seeing the struggles my close family members have faced having a child with complex additional needs, without a school placement, has made me even more determined to help others who are fighting a similar battle. In my spare time, I love spending time with my sassy, 8 year old daughter who loves singing and dancing. I also like seeing family & friends, going for a nice pub lunch and enjoying the sunshine (when possible in the UK!!)

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Sarah Doyle

SEN Consultant

Hi, my name is Sarah and I'm a Special Educational Needs consultant at Succeeding with SEN. I have worked in early education for over 25 years, most of these as a SENCo and SEN advisor, in both mainstream and specialist provision. My professional experience, and my personal experience as a proud parent to an Autistic son, has enabled to me to be clear on my goal of ensuring inclusive, equitable and positive education for all children and young people. Following my own difficulty in obtaining an EHCP for my son, I specialised in this area to support as many families as possible, including completing SEND law training. When I am not working and reading up on SEN case law (!), I enjoy walking and being outdoors with my energetic boys.

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Jo Marsden

SEN Consultant

Hi, my name is Jo and I am a Special Educational Needs consultant at Succeeding with SEN.  I have worked in education for 23 years, originally as a Primary school teacher and most recently as an Assistant Head Teacher, SENDCo and Inclusion Lead.  I have worked hard to ensure inclusive environments are a focus for schools.  My passion has always been to help children and young people access education ensuring they feel supported and cared for in their journey through education.  Supporting families of children with SEND has been a huge part of my career and I am passionate about helping all children to thrive and be successful. When I am not working I spend time with my husband and two teenage girls,  exercising in the gym and walking in the Surrey hills.

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