Research Autism is embarking on a new financial year with the announcement that Deepa Korea will be leading the UK charity forward as its new Chief Executive. Deepa has nearly twenty years of experience working within the public and charity sectors, her previous post being Chief Executive of The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy.
Deepa began her career as a researcher and speechwriter for Paddy Ashdown, during his tenure as Leader of the Liberal Democrats. It was after this post that she made the move into local government. She brings with her a vast array of skills honed for the charity sector; including service delivery, fundraising, public affairs and communications.
Deepa Korea, Chief Executive, Research Autism said:
"I am looking forward to developing and expanding upon the excellent work that Research Autism has already begun. It is clear that there is a huge demand for high quality, credible, easily accessible, and informative research on autism interventions, not only from those with ASC and their families, to enable them to make informed choices, but also from health and education professionals.
One of my key goals will be to re-vamp our longer term strategy and increase our fundraising targets; part of this will include the recruitment of new members of the team. 2010 will be an exciting year for Research Autism, where we will continue to hold ground breaking conferences and initiate new research projects, as well as remaining the objective voice in media comment on autism interventions.
Ultimately we want to improve social inclusion for those with ASC and the starting point for this has got to be research. I am all too aware of the barriers many parents and adults with autism in the UK face and I am proud to be part of an organisation that is trying to make a difference. We have a lot to achieve and I am already getting to grips with the challenges ahead with great relish."
Following Deepa's appointment, Research Autism has announced that Angela Docherty will also be joining the charity, taking the role of Fundraising Executive. Angela was previously part of Macmillan's very successful fundraising team, and also has 15 years experience of working in both the charity and corporate sectors.
Geoffrey Maddrell, Chairman of Research Autism, said: "The vital task of addressing the issues around autism is at long last being recognised, culminating recently in the passing of a specific Autism Act; as indeed is the urgent need for research, given that we are at the early stages of understanding the condition.
"Since its foundation, just seven years ago, Research Autism has gained a clear understanding of the priorities to be achieved and has developed critically important projects with the potential of powerful human and social impact. Over this time we have built a competent team and, at last, are in a position to appoint our first Chief Executive, Deepa Korea, as well as a full time Fundraising Executive, Angela Doherty. I have every confidence that this team, led by Deepa, will realize the significant plans in place and, in the process, make a huge impact on achieving our prime ambition of improving the lives of those affected by autism"
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Research Autism is the only UK charity dedicated to the production of quality, trusted information on autism treatments and other approaches. Its Information Centre is informed by world experts and accredited by the NHS Information Standard, an independent kite-mark of reliability and quality. It guides people through the minefield of interventions on offer, allowing them to make informed decisions based on impartial, factual information, including risks and hazards. Its research programme is derived from the priorities of autistic people and families and addresses areas that affect everyday life.