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.
Jane 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.
Claire Finnerty is the Office Administrator and the contact point for finance and training. She previously worked in customer services and volunteered with Parents And Children Together (PACT) in Reading.
Tony Walker is the Finance Manager. He has more than 40 years of experience in finance, in both the retail sector and local government.
Helen Harris is a Development Worker, running the adult social group in Maidenhead and delivering training on independent living and social skills.
Kevin Jackson is a Support Worker, providing benefits advice and running the 197 Club adult social group and Level Up young people’s group in Reading.
Garrick Rahal is a Support Worker, running the adult social group in Bracknell, the Bracknell CAYP Youth Group for children and teenagers and the Wokingham Youth Group.
Clare Johnson-Alem is the programme manager for Slough, runs drop-in advice sessions and workshops and leads the Slough Youth Group. Email: email@example.com
Sarah Brown is the Community Fundraising Officer and Projects Executive and assists Kevin Jackson providing benefits advice and support for autistic adults. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
William Crossley is the Communications & Media Officer, managing the website and social media, distributing information about our services and liaising with the media. Please note that he only works part-time. In case of urgent media inquiries, contact the office on 01189 594 594. Email: email@example.com
The Home Visit Team
A five-strong team of Support Workers carry out home visits to offer families extra support while dealing with the diagnosis of a child, along with training.
Jo Roberts covers Reading and Wokingham.
Amanda Walker covers West Berkshire.
Gemma Coventry covers the Bracknell Forest council area
Sharon Fallows covers Windsor & Maidenhead.
Clare Johnson-Alem covers Slough.
Ewan R Duncan OBE: Chair.
Born in Scotland, Ewan graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Mathematics & Statistics before embarking upon a 30-year career in the military. Commissioned into the Royal Marines, he transferred to the Army 10 years later. Having served in many operational theatres, his final appointment was a Brigadier General, managing an annual operating budget of £50m with responsibility for training, operations, finance, communications and personnel. Since 2009, Ewan has held a senior executive appointment with one of Britain’s largest companies. He and his family live in Caversham; they are familiar with autism.
Sandra Stubbs: Trustee and Acting Treasurer.
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
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.
Richard Flemming: Trustee
Richard has a close friend with autistic children and has been involved in raising money for autism charities. He works in Finance in the City of London 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.