Deborah will be leading a team of over 250 support workers who provide care for adults within our service, including those in residential homes, supported living and the community.
After qualifying as a nurse specialising in learning disabilities, Deborah has spent more than 20 years working in health and social care and has extensive experience supporting adults in supported living settings.
A key part of her role will be managing the transition of residential to supported living care, which provides autistic adults with greater freedoms and financial security without compromising the support they receive. Deborah will also support the senior management team in launching an exciting new service for the charity.
Her core responsibility, however, will be using her significant strategic skills to continuously review and improve the provision of our adult services, ensuring every individual receives the care and support they need, when they need it, to achieve their own life goals.
Siún Cranny, CEO of Autism Wessex, said: “Deborah’s experience and expertise is far reaching and she will no doubt be a huge asset to our senior leadership team and the organisation as a whole. In the short time she’s been with us, we’ve already felt the impact of her infectious enthusiasm and fresh ideas and are really looking forward to collaborating for the benefit of our adults for a long time to come.”
Deborah added: “I started my career managing a supported living setting for young adults with autism, and now it seems I’ve gone full circle. I’m extremely delighted to be joining Autism Wessex; it is a fantastic charity doing great things for people with autism across the South and an organisation with which I share its vision and values.”