We are delighted to announce the recent appointment of Siún Cranny as our new CEO.

Siún’s appointment comes following a year of transition after the departure of longstanding CEO Bob Lowndes who was with the charity for 21 years. Grateful for his invaluable contributions during a 21 year tenure, we now look forward as we embark on a new era whilst celebrating our 50th anniversary next year.   


Siún comes to the charity with a wealth of experience in the not-for-profit and public sectors having led Sargent Cancer Care for Children and a national mental health charity in Ireland. Her diverse experience includes leading the modernisation of Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. More recently Siún has been working with teams across the UK for RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) to deliver change strategy.


Siún comments; “I have come on board at an exciting time as we anticipate the celebration of our 50th anniversary year. I am really looking forward to working with such a talented and inspirational team to achieve continued growth. My emphasis will be in how we better support our customers - those children and adults with autism and their families, throughout the Wessex region.”


With a Masters of Science and an MBA, Siún is an avid learner with a passion for music, having started her career in music therapy. Struck early in her career by the positive impact of the multi disciplinary approach in reaching children and young people with very complex needs, she has led services which have been recognised as outstanding and achieved growth for charities through building dynamic teams underpinned by robust business principles. 


Chair of Trustees Mary Claire Boyd comments; “We are all delighted to be welcoming Siún as our new Chief Executive. The Charity has undergone a significant period of transition and Siún’s arrival has already proven a positive step forward in a new and exciting era. We look forward to Siún’s fresh approach to take the charity forward.”


Born in Ireland, Siún lives in Hampshire with her family.  


Siún concludes; “I view this role as one which holds special strategic responsibility for our future success to shape the charity so that it continues to achieve and deliver. It is a privilege to lead the next chapter of success for Autism Wessex and I would like to thank the team for such a warm welcome.”

Categories: Advocacy, Awareness, Campaigning, Employment, For adults with autism, For parents and carers, For professionals, Social change
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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