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.


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.

Claire Finnerty is the Office Administrator and the contact point for finance, training and community fundraising. She previously worked in customer services and volunteered with Parents And Children Together (PACT) in Reading.

Tony Walker is the Finance Manager. He has over 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.

Sandra Presland is the Programme Manager, overseeing arrangements for our workshops and leisure activities. Email:

Clare Johnson-Alem is the programme manager for Slough, runs drop-in advice sessions and workshops and runs the Slough Youth Group. Email:

Sarah Brown is the Community Fundraising Officer and assists Kevin Jackson providing benefits advice and support for autistic adults. Email

Tracy White is a support worker, providing Helpline advice and co-ordinating the Reading Parents and Carers’ Support Group, the Grandparents’ Support Group and the Craft Group.

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:

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 and also coordinates the Bracknell parent and carers support group.

Sharon Fallows covers Windsor & Maidenhead.

Clare Johnson-Alem covers Slough.


Ewan R Duncan and Matthew Cleaver are joint Chairs of Autism Berkshire

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.

Matthew Cleaver: Chair.
Matthew is a qualified musician and works as a senior manager in local arts theatre. He is company secretary of Music Beyond Mainstream, which works to bring distinctive live music to the regions beyond the rock, pop and classical mainstream. He has experience of autism with other disabilities in his family and lives in Reading.

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.

We currently have a vacancy for this role. Anyone who would like more information about what is involved should contact our CEO, Jane Stanford-Beale.