I am the Information Manager at Research Autism. I am responsible for our website and inquiry service. This means I research and write most of the information on the website and also deal with any inquiries from the general public.
I am also the co-author of Choosing Autism Interventions: A Research-Based Guide
I have spent the last 30 years in different disability charities - including RNIB, the Mental Health Foundation, and the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities - where I developed and ran a number of very successful information services. My aim in life is to make a difference to people - by enabling them to make choices based on information that is accurate, useful and accessible.
I am currently the Chair of Governors at Winchmore School, a large community school in North London with a very diverse group of students and a small autism unit.
In my spare time I try to keep my wife happy and my three children amused, while sneaking off to listen to Led Zeppelin or watch Manchester United.
I am the Research Director for Research Autism.
Until 2013 I was Director of Research for the National Autistic Society and before that Director of Services for the National Autistic Society, responsible for educational, vocational and residential services for children and adults.
In this latter role I saw at first hand the positive difference that good information and knowledge, when properly applied could make to the lives of people affected by autism. I am consequently committed to the development of best practice based on the application of well-designed research.
I am also keen that people with autism, their families and professionals share their perspectives and expertise with us so that our work remains relevant and helpful and that we are able to reach more people. The cost of autism in both human and economic terms is not currently matched by research funding. The need for high quality research is pressing and a part of my role is to explore all possible avenues to bring additional resources to meet this challenge.
In my spare time I follow the fluctuating fortunes of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and Aston Villa FC
I joined the team in April 2014 and am really pleased to be contributing to an organisation which carries out such significant work. Research is a crucial part of decision-making, and families and professionals can fully rely on sound independent reporting available through this website and our conference series.
I have worked for the last 6 years in the non-for-profit sector, namely two social enterprises Coin Street Community Builders and Women Like Us. I was involved in developing sustainable ways of supporting the organisation(s) through commercial activities and the building of networks. I am amazed by the resource of valuable information which Research Autism carries and want to ensure that people know about it!
I also volunteer for Independent Age - a charity supporting older people, and Generate- a charity for people with learning disabilities.