Staff

Jane Stanford-Beale

is the Chief Executive Officer and has led the charity since 2015. She works with the finance manager and board of trustees to develop the charity’s long-term strategy, budget plans and ensure compliance with legal regulations. Jane is also a licensed trainer for National Autistic Society EarlyBird Plus and Teen Life courses for parents and carers.
She has extensive experience in management and governance roles. She was a software development project manager for Reuters, a governor and chairman of governors at New Bridge Nursery School in Caversham for 16 years and a non-executive director of Reading NHS Primary Care Trust.
Alongside her work for Autism Berkshire, Jane is an elected member of Reading Borough Council, where she is deputy leader of the opposition and opposition spokesman for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport. In connection with her role as a councillor, she is a member of the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Authority and a non-executive director of Reading Buses.
Jane was one of just 22 people in England and Wales honoured as Census 2021 Community Heroes Purple Plaque award winners, in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the community. She received a Prime Minister’s Point of Light award for services to the voluntary sector in 2016.

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.

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 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.

Carrie Steers

is our benefits service caseworker. She is a family carer and has many years of experience helping disabled adults and parents to make benefits applications.

Julia Cox

is our Training and Family Support Lead, carrying out home visits and leading autism advice courses and workshops. She has family experience of autism and is an early years specialist, with qualified teacher status. She previously worked for Bracknell Forest Council working with SEND children under 5, and as a manager at the council’s Child Development Centre and for Berkshire early years support charity Dingley’s Promise.

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.

Sarah Brown

is the co-ordinator of the Reading Games Club and Bracknell CAYP youth groups and manages our trampolining sessions. She used to work for the Theale-based autism and learning disability charity Dimensions.

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. As well as by email, he can be contacted on 07908 610085.