Fiona Millar announced as new nasen patron

News - 13 Sep 2017

Fiona Millar

nasen, the leading organisation promoting the advancement of individuals with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) since 1992, have announced that they have welcomed writer and journalist, Fiona Millar as their new patron.

Fiona Millar is a writer and journalist specialising in education and parenting issues. She went to school and university in London and started her career on the Mirror Group’s graduate training scheme in Devon. She worked on the Daily Mirror and the Daily Express, as a news reporter, political correspondent and freelance feature writer.
 
Between 1997 and 2003 she worked at Downing Street as a special adviser. She now writes a column in Education Guardian and regularly takes part in television and radio debates about education policy.
 
In 2004 Fiona wrote and presented a film “The Best for My Child” about parental choice for Channel Four.  Between 2003 and 2010 she was chair of the Family and Parenting Institute, a leading centre of expertise on family policy in the UK. Fiona is co-founder of the Local Schools Network website and in 2009 published a book about work life balance called “The Secret World of the Working Mother.
 
Fiona has three grown up children and is chair of governors of a North London comprehensive school. She is also vice-chair of the National Youth Arts Trust and chair of the Young Camden Foundation.
 
Dr Adam Boddison, Chief Executive of nasen, said: Over the last 25 years, nasen have been committed to providing the most effective and relevant support for all those working with children and young people with SEND.
 
“We are extremely delighted to welcome the support of Fiona Millar and together, with her expertise and influence, we are excited to start working with her on raising awareness within the SEND environment”
 
Speaking about her new patronship, Fiona said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to become a patron of nasen. As a school governor I know how important good quality SEND education is. As a journalist I am aware that it is woefully under reported, so I look forward to both learning more and helping support the interests of this very important group of young people.”
 
Fiona joins renowned theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking, who joined as a patron of nasen last autumn. 
 

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