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 is Head of Commercial at 3 SIDED CUBE with a passion for working closely with clients to set them on the path to creating the life-saving, life-changing and all round brilliant technology they need to contribute a positive impact on our planet and its people. Gabby has previously worked in the charity sector and heading up fundraising and communications campaigns for a multi-million pound project. 

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

Julie has over 10 years’ experience in leading a wide range of fundraising streams and teams, with a demonstrable track

record of developing and implementing fundraising and communication strategies. Julie brings a wealth of expertise to the board, including senior stakeholder and relationship management, planning and engagement development and driving measurement and impact.

Julie is determined, proactive and passionate about the potential for Autism Wessex, and brings real-word experience and understanding of autism to her role. Julie’s vision is to represent the parent voice and help the charity fulfil its potential. 

James Brazier

James has worked in International Banking for over 25 years, with 20 of them spent in Japan, Hong Kong and the Middle East. James' role focuses on risk management, CSR governance and ethics.

James is enthusiastic, empathetic and proactive in his approach, and his vision for Autism Wessex is to support the charity externally and help Autism Wessex to grow in both stature and size.

Meherzin Das

Professor Mark Brosnan

Mark is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Bath and Director of the Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR: He has an impressive 20 years’ experience working with members of the autistic community, and has co-designed and co-developed a range of digital technologies to help support the autism community. Mark is also a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a member of the Scientific Review Panel of the charity Autistica. Mark has a thorough understanding of autism research and the implications for the lives of autistic people and their families/ advocates. Mark hopes his understanding of what constitutes good evidence can help support the charity to achieve the best possible outcomes for autistic people.

Andrew Willshire

Andrew is an Employment Solicitor at Paris Smith LLP, based in Southampton, and advises on all aspects of employment law.

Andrew joined Autism Wessex as a Trustee in December 2020. Andrew is keen to support the Charity in all areas, with a particular focus on HR.  Andrew wants to see the Charity continue to be a force for good in supporting individuals and families across the region.

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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