Our highly experienced team of consultants work with In
Control Children's programme members, wherever they are on the
journey, to extend personalisation and give children, young people
and their families more choice and control in their
Andrew Baxter, Programme Lead
Andrew joins us on
secondment from the 0-25 SEN and Disability Unit at the Department
for Education, where he led the development of personal budgets
policy and legislation from the publication of the Support and
Aspiration Green Paper through to the 0 -25 Code of Practice for
SEN and Disability and, from September 2014, implementation of the
Children and Families Act. He also led on the SEND reforms in
relation to young offenders and has previously worked on policies
to improve child health and wellbeing and in relation to children's
rights (working on UK Government reports to the UN Committee on the
Rights of the Child and providing policy expertise to Sir John
Dunford on his independent review of the Children's Commissioner
Andrew currently leads In Control's Children's Programme and the
development of our 'whole life' approach.
Andrew can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
or on 07592 800510.
Nic Crosby, Programme Lead (currently on
Nic is currently on secondment to
NHS England where he is joining the Integrated Personal
Commissioning (IPC) team to lead a project introducing IPC and
personal budgets to looked after children and young people with
mental health support needs. This is a brand new project, funded
through 'Future in Mind' and will be drawing on learning from Me,
My Family, My Home, Middlesbrough and across his work from the past
Over the past 10 years, Nic has worked to develop the Children's programme at In
Control. Nic joined In Control from Paradigm, where he led
work on the Dynamite project which focused on introducing
self-directed support to young people as they move into the adult
world. Prior to Paradigm, Nic worked at the Foundation for People
with Learning Disabilities.
Nic is passionate about equality and the need for inclusive ways
of supporting anyone who needs additional support. Nic works
with many other key people and organisations in the children's
world to take this agenda forward and make real, positive and
radical changes to the experiences of many families and disabled
children across the country.
Contact Nic at email@example.com or on 07854
Claire Lazarus, Associate
Claire is committed to sector-led
support and sharing best practice in order to speed up change,
improve efficiencies and better outcomes.
Claire has worked extensively
across children's services, SEN, disabled children's serices and
services for children in care.
Claire's ambition is that we have truly inclusive systems and
processes that empower families to take control over their own
lives. She is particularly excited about the opportunities
afforded by the SEN Green Paper and Children and Families Bill to
provide truly joined up delivery across children's services.
Claire can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07880
Andrew Tyson, Associate
Andrew is a health and social care practitioner who has
worked for In Control for many years,
For the Children' Programme, Andrew
will be supporting sites across the West Midlands and some of the
Berkshire authorities in the South East.
Andrew has more than 30 years' experience first as a manager and
from 1999 as a commissioner of health and social care services,
with particular experience in relation to people with mental health
issues and people with learning difficulties.
He has experience of working with local authorities across
England and has a good working relationship with many national and
international leaders in the field of self-directed support and
Andrew can be contacted at email@example.com or on 07884
Tricia Nicoll, Associate
Tricia lives just outside of York and began her career as a teacher
for children with learning disabilities. She is a long-term user of
mental health services and has a history in the mental health
survivor movement. She worked initially in the advocacy sector and
then as part of the Valuing People Support Team, holding the
national lead role for Advocacy and Involvement/Leadership.
Tricia then worked with the Department of Health Personalisation
team, and developed the 'Citizen Leaders' and 'Having a Voice'
programmes, exploring how people who use services and family carers
can contribute genuinely and effectively as policy is both
written and implemented.
Tricia currently runs her own consultancy, focusing on the
personalisation agenda. She is particularly interested in how the
relationship between 'services' and 'citizens' can be re-framed so
that people can get really good paid support when they need it and
be able to contribute to their community.
Tricia is committed to the principles (and practice) of building
genuinely inclusive communities. She has a foster son who loves
drawing and foster daughter who is a princess, both of whom have
the label of complex autism.
Tricia can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07811
Miro Griffiths, Associate
grew up and still lives in the seaside town on the Wirral
Peninsula, across the river from Liverpool. His interest in
disability equality started at the age of 14 when he embarked upon
a Millennium Award to promote the awareness of disabled people's
inequalities. By designing a concept for a chidren's computer game,
disabled and non-disabled children and young people would learn and
understand disability issues in an entertaining way.
After successfully completing the awareness initiative, Miro
joined the national charity Whizz-Kidz, as the North West
representative for the user group campaigning on issues affecting
young disabled people, Miro became the chair of the group for three
Before turning 18, Miro became the youngest person to join
Equality 2025, the UK Advisory Network for disability equality
across government departments. Miro collaborated with other
disability experts to advise government on a variety of issues
which affect disabled people's quality of life; through this, Miro
was able to broaden his understanding of the inequalities disabled
people experience. Since May 2011, Miro became Deputy Chair of
He founded Miro Consultancy in 2007 and is now recognised for
specialising and having a keen interest in disabled people's
empowerment and participation, transitional stages of a disabled
person's life, and the independent living debate.
Miro can be contacted at email@example.com or on
Jill Bauld, Associate
also done worked as a project manager across different areas of
work, supporting very different organisations to work together and
come up with good ways of working together.
She brings a lot of creative thinking and positive energy to
everything she does and always puts people at the heart of any
Participation and engagement is central to Jill's way of working
and she is particularly passionate about ensuring children and
young people have a voice in services they use.
Previous roles at Newcastle include SEND project manager at
Newcastle City Council, youth services manager for children's
services, integrated services team leader (youth) and alcohol
strategy co-ordinator (adult services) amongst others. Jill has
also worked at Aberdeen City Council and Wilsthire County
Jill can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
or on 07952 903899
Meet In Control's full team and associates here.