Autism Berkshire CEO Jane Stanford-Beale with MBE at Windsor Castle

CEO receives Royal Honour at Windsor Castle

Autism Berkshire CEO Jane Stanford-Beale attended an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, October 11, to receive her insignia as a Member of Order of the British Empire (MBE).

She was recognised in King Charles III’s Birthday Honours list in June for services to autistic young people and their families.

Jane has been the Chief Executive Officer of Autism Berkshire since 2015, holding the role for several years as an unpaid volunteer, after previously serving as the chair of the charity’s board of trustees. She first came into contact with the charity in 2011, as the parent of an autistic child, seeking information and advice.

Her husband Tony and their three sons accompanied her to Windsor for the ceremony.

She said: “I feel very honoured to have been awarded the MBE. We were not told which members of the Royal Family would be at the ceremony, so only found out that I would be receiving the medal from the Princess Royal when we arrived.

“Disaster nearly struck when the heel came off my new shoes, so I had to make a dash into the centre of Reading to get my shoe repaired in time.

“I look forward to sharing my MBE with our members at the AGM later in the autumn.”