Born in Mauritius, Dr Jean -Marc Michel studied Physiological Sciences as a first degree at Oxford University after winning an Open Scholarship. He has also studied child public health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Boston University School of Public Health. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the UK.
He is/ has been registered and in good standing with the UK General Medical Council since 1976. Currently not working in the NHS.
He has extensive experience of child health care issues in Africa and more recently has worked as a Consultant Community Paediatrician in the UK National Health Service focussing on developmental disorders, child behaviour and infant mental health, disability and autism. He has lead multi-disciplinary teams (health, therapy, social care and education) in collaboration with parent representatives to develop care pathways and improve services for a range of vulnerable children and their families including end of life care planning.
Chris Sterry has been a Trustee of Sheffield Mencap & Gateway since November 2014 and became Treasurer in mid-2015.
During his employed years he was with Scottish Widows for 25 years of which 15 years was as Branch Administration Manager and then Assistant Manager at a Scope run learning disability day service in Rotherham for a further 11 year. Primarily he is a family carer for his adult daughter whose main condition is Cerebral Palsy.
Since retiring in 2011 he has volunteered with Healthwatch Sheffield as an Enter and View rep and Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals under taking PLACE visits. He is a Core member of FLASh (Families Lobbying and Advising Sheffield) which is run by family carers and meets monthly at Sheffield Mencap & Gateway. In addition he is a Family Carer rep on Sheffield LD Partnership Board, Carer rep on Carers Service Improvement Forum, member of Adult Safeguarding Customer Forum and runs his own blog which relates to issues around disability and politics. He also is actively involved with Sheffield City Council and various Health organisations in attending meetings around Learning Disability, Carers support and other related areas.
Chrissie worked for many years as a social worker in the Learning Disabilities Team of Sheffield Social Services. Then in 2009 she started working for Sharing Caring Project at Sheffield Mencap, a role which she loved. After 3 years there she left and became a trustee. She has also been a volunteer for some years for the Out and About scheme, for the North Carers Support Group, and for Under the Stars. In her spare time she enjoys walking in the Peak District, learning Spanish and circle-dancing, and is also a trustee of a small grant-making trust which gives grants to community charities in Yorkshire.
I moved to Sheffield in 2016 and I volunteer on a Thursday at Mencap. Prior to this, I worked for Camden Council working in the Education team on apprenticeships, vocational training and Education Health and Care Plans for 16-25 year olds. My first experience of Mencap was when I was about 4 when (in the days before health and safety) I went on a Mencap holiday that my Dad had organised. Since then I spent many years working on play schemes and was more recently a Governor at a school for pupils with moderate learning difficulties.