Jill Forrester

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Jill has worked in the post-16 education sector for 28 years and for the past 24 years she has led on the formulation and implementation of policy and practice in respect of the provision of disability services and an inclusive approach at Teesside University. She is also a member of the University’s Equality and Inclusion Committee. Before joining the University she worked for a local authority in the student grants department.

In 1994, following a successful bid for HEFCE funding, Jill became the University’s first disability adviser and set up disability services at Teesside. Another successful HEFCE bid followed so develop a student-centred needs assessment process, drawing on her skills and qualifications as a person=centred counsellor.  Jill also holds the Certificate in Management Studies and has undertaken a variety of training and development opportunities in areas related to disability, inclusivity, mediation and management.

In addition to managing Disability Services, Jill also manages Teesside’s in-house NMH services and managed the Assessment Centre on Teesside until 2016. For four years she was on the Executive Board of the National Network of Assessment Centres (NNAC) and Chair of the North East network and she has contributed to the development of policies, procedures and guidance with SFE, DSA-QAG and NNAC including assisting in the pilot and moderation of quality standards for assessors and delivering training to staff in SFE.

Jill believes that we are in exciting times with the gathering momentum towards good inclusive practice and genuine equality. The support that NADP members provide each other continues to positively influence practice and developments in the sector. She is proud to have been a member of NADP since the outset.