‘I am delighted to be working with Research Autism’s team to secure the funding we need to bring invaluable cutting-edge research projects to life.
Working for the HIV and AIDS information charity NAM in the 90s made me appreciate how important it is for people to have access to independent, up to date and scientifically robust information when making decisions about managing their health and wellbeing.
More recently I worked as part of the fundraising team at the older people’s information and advice charity Counsel and Care, and managed the mental health charity Mind’s publications service for six years.’
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 have spent the last twenty 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.
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 have nearly twenty years of experience working within the public and charity sectors, my previous post being Chief Executive of The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy. I began my career as a researcher and speechwriter for Paddy Ashdown, during his tenure as Leader of the Liberal Democrats. It was after this post that I made the move into local government and the charity sector.
I am delighted to have joined the team at Research Autism and 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. My immediate priorities are to redevelop the strategy and bring focus on raising funds for an array of projects.
I am the Director of Research for the National Autistic Society and was seconded to help set up Research Autism, being appointed Honorary Secretary and Research Director in 2004.
I was previously Director of Services for the National Autistic Society, responsible for all educational, vocational and residential services for children and adults.
In this role I saw at first hand the positive difference that good information and knowledge 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 good accessible research.
I am also keen that people with autism, their families and professionals share their helpful approaches with us so that such help may reach more people.
The cost of autism in both human and economic terms is not currently matched by a commensurate investment of research funding. Part of my role is to explore all possible avenues to bring to bear additional financial and other resources.
In my spare time I follow the fluctuating fortunes of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and Aston Villa FC
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