Our New Chief Executive 11/07/2017 06:18

We are delighted to announce that Ali Fiddy, IPSEA’s current Legal Team Manager, has been appointed as the new permanent Chief Executive of IPSEA. Ali has extensive experience in the fields of education, community care, mental health and public law, and she has spent many years working as a senior manager in the not-for-profit sector. Denise Murphy will remain as Interim CEO until Ali takes up post on 1st September 2017.

Ali says: “The education system has a critical role to play in influencing a child’s life chances. If a child with SEND gets the right support at the right time, it can make an enormous difference to their ability to fulfil their potential. I have always had great respect for the work of IPSEA and its existence has become increasingly important in recent years with the cuts applied to legal aid funding and scope, and the reforms to judicial review. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead IPSEA through the next phase of its development, and I am very much looking forward to working with the fantastic IPSEA team and our amazing network of volunteers in this new capacity.”

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