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.


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 was formerly 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.

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.


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 wants to give everything she can to make a valuable contribution towards our important work.


Hugh Dampney

Hugh currently works full time as a local farmer and business owner, employing 45 staff across the region. He brings financial planning skills and a common sense approach to Autism Wessex, and is keen to apply this within our Residential and Community Support Services especially.

As a previous board member of an international company, Hugh joined our board in November 2018, hoping to use the experiences he gained for the benefit of the people that we support.

Hugh's aspirations for Autism Wessex are to support the staff to ensure that the people we support continue to be well looked-after, and develop their potential as far as they can. 


Richard Strachan

Richard Strachan is the Managing Director of 3 SIDED CUBE, with a particular passion for building technology for good - specifically digital solutions that are either life-saving, life-changing or problem-solving. Over the years, he’s worked with clients such as the BBC, Gap, Activision, the Red Cross to deliver a range of projects and campaigns


Julie Shield


James Brazier




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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