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Autism Wessex is governed by our Board of Trustees. Their primary purpose is to promote Autism Wessex, uphold our vision, protect our assets and funds, and ensure that we comply with legislation and regulation.


Adrian Trevett

We welcomed Adrian to our Board of Trustees in 2017.

Adrian currently works full time delivering UK & Global business projects and has extensive experience working for large complex private and public sector organisations. As a result, he’s developed many high-level strategic and operational skills which he hopes will benefit the work of Autism Wessex.

Adrian’s aspiration for Autism Wessex is to not only provide excellent support and care to people in the local community affected by autism but to also be seen as a sector leader.


Malcolm Farrell

Chair of Trustees

Malcolm brings a variety of personal qualities and experience to Autism Wessex. He hopes that his ability and dedication to project management, budget control and long term planning will help the organisation grow and support more individuals affected by autism.

Malcolm lives in Poole, where he is a local councillor, with his partner and enjoys spending time with his family and watching his beloved AFC Bournemouth. He’s passionate about making a difference in his local community.

Malcolm joined our Board of Trustees in 2017 and hopes to help the Charity promote awareness and understanding of autism.


Martin James

Vice Chair

Having worked in Human Resources Management in a large multinational corporation for the past 30 years, Martin brings a wealth of experience to Autism Wessex. His background focuses heavily on change management and the improvement of business processes to create a sustainable and empowered workforce.

Martin joined our Board of Trustees in 2017 and is looking forward to utilising his skills to help Autism Wessex grow and develop in a challenging environment.

Martin’s aspirations for Autism Wessex are to not only to increase the understanding of autism and the impact it can have on those affected but also to ensure that the Charity continues to provide the support and advice people need.


Mike Leese

We welcomed Mike to our Board of Trustees in 2017. His overall goal is to help the Charity raise awareness of autism and associated difficulties with the additional view of being a parent of an individual we support.

Mike was previously a national newspaper journalist for 25 years. He spent most of his career at the London Evening Standard where he was news editor.

Ten years ago Mike took the opportunity to go freelance and worked in the corporate sector alongside communications and marketing teams. Among the issues he was involved in were health campaigns, sales drives and reviewing methods of corporate messaging to stakeholders.

In the last couple of years Mike has pursued a life-long ambition to write and has self-published two fiction books on Amazon. They feature an autistic detective, Jonathan Roper, and challenge the idea that being on the spectrum will always be a barrier to success.


Harry Nash

Harry recently retired from a career within Financial Services in the UK and Overseas. A Chartered Accountant, Harry’s career was focused on Finance although he also held leadership positions in Operations, Change and Risk Management. Most recently, he was responsible for the leadership and governance of an Investment Management business.

Harry is keen to invest the experience gained in his career to contribute to the development of Autism Wessex to enhance the provision of care and services to people in the region and to continue his passion during his career of supporting individuals to maximise their potential.


Jonathan Beebee

Jonathan is a  Registered Nurse in Learning Disabilities with a Masters in Positive Behaviour Support. I have worked for the NHS, Department of Health, CQC, NHS England, and a national social care provider. Around 3 years ago Jonathan set up his own organisation, PBS4, to provide support underpinned by Positive Behaviour Support for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.

Jonathan is passionate about getting things right for our people, and providing effective compassionate services.  


Gabriella Crouch

Gabriella has been involved with various charities her whole life both professionally and voluntarily. Gabriella is currently the Head of Development and Communications at Dorset County Museum where she is responsible for overseeing and delivering a capital fundraising campaign, communications, marketing and PR for a £15m redevelopment of the Museum. 

Gabriella has seen the impact Autism Wessex can have on individuals and families and understands the value of our role in the community. Gabriella want's to give everything she can to make a valuable contribution towards our important work.


Roderick J. P.  Knight

Roderick is a qualified and practiced as a social worker, specialising in mental health. Roderick has held senior leadership roles in Local Authority social care, General Hospital and housing sectors. Roderick is a member of various Department of Health strategy and policy development groups as well as providing interim management support for private and public sector and is also an Inspector with the Health and Social Care Advisory Service.

Roderick has an understanding of needs of people with disabilities professionally and also as he has personal experience of autism in his family.

Roderick hopes to improve public awareness and understanding of autism and hopes that Autism Wessex can respond to the needs of people with autism and their families.


Autism Wessex is registered in England & Wales under charity number 1000792 at Charity Hub, Portfield School, Parley Lane, Christchurch, BH23 6BP. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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