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.


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 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.


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.


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. He has 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 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


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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