Autism Berkshire’s work is overseen by a three-strong board of trustees.
Conor O’Connor: Chair of trustees
Conor has worked in various roles across the public sector, with a particular focus on delivering excellent public and education services in the UK and abroad. He has a strong record in governance, policy issues, communications and youth work. Conor and his wife, who is autistic, live in Reading, where he also volunteers as an instructor for the Berkshire Army Cadet Force. He is passionate about improving the lives of autistic people.
Adam Bermange: Treasurer
Adam and his wife became interested in Autism Berkshire’s work while their son was waiting to receive an autism diagnosis. Adam is a qualified accountant and works as a financial analyst with a pharmaceuticals company based in Reading, having previously worked in life sciences research. He and his family live in Maidenhead. He is an elected member of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Council and also volunteers as a co-ordinator for Neighbourhood Watch and volunteers with the Susan Brett Foundation.
Darren Browne: Trustee
Darren Browne is the chairman of Lagonda Studios, an organisation he founded to help develop film studios across the world. He was the individual who came up with the concept for Shinfield Studios in Berkshire on behalf of the University of Reading. He was a founding director of Shinfield Studios, which brings in c£500m of annual inward investment and is creating c3,000 new jobs. Prior to setting up Lagonda, Darren was the managing director of Hays Technology and the CEO of Servoca Plc, an outsourcing company he founded. He received autism and dyspraxia diagnoses as an adult and has become a champion of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Darren is also a Trustee of Berkshire Community Foundation.
Mark Gaugier: Trustee