Staff

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.

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.

Georgie Mitchell

is our Administrator, running the office and managing bookings for workshops and training.

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 a senior family support worker, carrying out home visits and leading autism advice 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.

Elaine Dowding

is the parent support team leader, delivering training workshops and home visits and running support groups, as well as working on our Helpline and at drop-in advice sessions.

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 and at drop-in advice sessions in Reading and Thatcham.

Sarah Brown

is the Community Fundraising Officer and Projects Executive. She also acts as 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. Please note that he only works part-time. In case of urgent media inquiries, contact the office on 01189 594 594.

Hannah McIntosh

is a youth worker, who helps to run our youth groups, and has family experience of autism.

Lisa Greetham

who is the co-ordinator of our Lego Club, is a qualified early years professional, with experience as a SENCO in nursery settings. She has also worked for Berkshire early years support charity Dingley’s Promise.

Kieran Fiferman

is a youth worker, who helps to run the Reading Games Club and Bracknell CAYP youth groups and the Level Up group for 16 to 25-year-olds. He is also a member of our training team, sharing his experiences of life as an autistic adult.

Laura Coggs

is a youth worker, who helps to supervise trampolining sessions and liaise with parents, as well as working at youth groups.