Staff & Trustees

Autism Berkshire is managed by a board of trustees and employs staff throughout Berkshire, supported by volunteers.

Many of the trustees and those working for the charity have children on the autism spectrum, which enable us to provide a service which is sensitive to the needs of our members.

Staff

Jane_CEOJane Stanford-Beale, the Chief Executive Officer, has 20 years of experience in governance. She has served as a school governor and a non-executive director of Reading NHS Primary Care Trust, and is currently a member of Reading Borough Council, and a non-executive director of Reading Transport. She previously worked as a software development project manager for a leading IT company.
Email: ceo@autismberkshire.org.uk

Tony Walker is the Finance Manager. He is a qualified accountant with more than 40 years of experience in finance, in both the retail sector at senior levels with Sainsbury’s supermarkets and in local government, as finance manager for adult social services and NHS partnerships at Reading Borough Council. He volunteers for Starting Point Reading, helping young people with interview coaching and CV writing.
Email: finance@autismberkshire.org.uk

Georgie Mitchell is our Administrator, running the office and managing bookings for workshops and training.
Email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

Helen Harris is a Development Worker, running the adult social group in Maidenhead and delivering training on independent living and social skills.
Email: Helen@autismberkshire.org.uk

Kevin Jackson is the Benefits Service Manager. He has more than 20 years’ experience working with autistic people and their families. As well as providing benefits advice, he is the co-ordinator of the 197 Club adult social group and Level Up young people’s games club in Reading.
Email: 197club@autismberkshire.org.uk

Sarah Brown is the Community Fundraising Officer and Projects Executive. Email communityfundraising@autismberkshire.org.uk

Elaine Dowding is the parent support team leader, delivering training workshops and home visits and running support groups, as well as working on our Helpline and at drop-in advice sessions.
Email: contact@autismberkshire.org.uk

Amanda Walker is our family support worker for the West of Berkshire, carrying out home visits and leading autism advice workshops. She also works on our Helpline and at drop-in advice sessions in Reading and Thatcham. Email: contact@autismberkshire.org.uk

William Crossley is the Communications and Grants & Trusts Officer, managing the website and social media, distributing information about our services, liaising with the media and handling funding applications. He has more than 30 years’ experience as a media professional. Please note that he only works part-time. In case of urgent media inquiries, contact the office on 01189 594 594. Email: communications@autismberkshire.org.uk

Trustees

Richard Flemming: Chair of trustees
Richard has a close friend with autistic children and has been involved in raising money for autism charities. He is an Associate Director in a City of London financial firm and lives in Taplow. Richard is also a trustee of the Halcyon Training Foundation, which supports autistic people to achieve their full potential through education and training.

Adam Bermange: Treasurer.

Adam and his wife became interested in Autism Berkshire’s work after their young son received an autism diagnosis. Adam is a qualified accountant and works as a financial analyst with a multinational travel management company and previously worked in life sciences research. He and his family live in Maidenhead, where he also volunteers as the co-ordinator of a Neighbourhood Watch.

Margaret Collum: Trustee
Margaret is a service user of the charity, as she has an autistic son who attends trampolining sessions. The family also attend our members’ family fun days at Thames Valley Adventure Playground. Margaret lives in Wokingham. She is currently a full-time parent and has a professional background in the law and banking.

Conor O’Connor: Trustee

Conor has worked in various roles across the public sector, with a particular focus on delivering excellent education services in the UK and abroad. He has a strong record in governance, policy issues, communications and youth work. Conor and his partner, who is autistic, live in Reading. He is passionate about enabling autistic people to reach their full potential.

Sandra Stubbs: Trustee
Sandra is a service user of the charity, as she has family members with autism. She has qualifications in health and social care, and has worked in the sector for 16 years, most recently as as an occupational therapy support worker in an assessment and treatment unit for adults with learning difficulties, and/or autism and mental health issues. Sandra lives with her family in Wokingham.