Meet the team


I set up PAN in 2011 as there was no local support for me or my son who was diagnosed with ADHD.  Being
Emily Brailsford

I set up PAN in 2011 as there was no local support for myself or my son who was diagnosed with ADHD at 6 years old. Being a part of PAN has taught me so much, I wouldn’t have got through the last 10 years without my PAN family! My favourite things are my children and chocolate (not necessarily in that order!).

Donna Doherty

I’m Donna Doherty an Independent Advocate for PAN.
I have experience as a Teaching Assistant working within the SEN department of a secondary school. I have spent a number of years as a school governor and Chair of Governors where my specific responsibilities related to Safeguarding and SEN provision. This gave me experience of working with a number of agencies relating to SEN and education.
I have lived with my family in Great Longstone for nearly 20 years. I enjoy walking with my dog, travelling as often and as far as possible. D.I.Y. and always looking for the next project.

Hayley Gray

I’m Hayley, I run the Matlock and Wirksworth parents groups and also help co run the Matlock Youth Group and support with social media.
I’m a mum to four children with additional needs and one stepdaughter.
I joined PAN many years ago for support as having a child/children with additional needs can be very challenging and lonely But we all support and empower each other here.

Michelle Flint

Hi I am Michelle, I am currently training to be an advocate for families whose children have additional needs and I am currently setting up some local support groups for parents.
I have been volunteering at PAN for a year now after using their support services myself. I have three children two who are diagnosed with additional needs and one who is currently being assessed. 
I enjoy running, walking and reading should I get any spare time! 
I work at Alderwasley Hall School as a learning support worker and have a vast knowledge of working with young people with additional needs.

Aaron Flint

I’m Aaron and I oversee the development of the Parenting Additional Needs Youth Group, PAN TV and Web Development.
I have previously worked as a Residential Support Worker / Senior Residential Support Worker at Alderwasley Hall School before joining the SSSEN Team at Derbyshire County Council.
I have three children who enjoy keeping me on the go! I enjoy football, climbing & reading.

Hi I’m Helen and I lead the Totley and Dronfield parent support groups.
Previously I have worked in The Early Years sector as a Nursery Practitioner and SENCO for over 20 years. I love being able to support parents who are often going through a tough time with their child/children who either have an SEN diagnosis or are going through the process of getting one. At PAN we are here to support, Listen & signpost. Our groups are very welcoming and friendly and are amongst people who understand how difficult daily life can be when you have a child who requires additional support at home and school. I understand from a parents perspective how difficult advocating for your child can be. PAN is an amazing group of people who are here to help and support each other and I have made some life long friends over the past few years and I’m sure along the way I will make many more.

Theme: Elation by Kaira.
Derbyshire