ABOUT US Our team Our team Board Stephen Alexander - Joint Chair of Employment Autism Stephen has been a serial Chairman of public and private equity backed companies, predominantly in the consumer sector, for more than 15 years. He is currently an Operating Partner with OpCapita LLP and chairs businesses in Spain and Italy. Recent chairmanships include Dairy Crest Group plc, Immediate Media, Rhubarb catering and events, and the charity Look Ahead Care and Support. Past chairmanships include the music company EMI Group, Odeon Cinemas, Threshers and Meridien Hotels. He was previously Chief Executive of Hillsdown Holdings, Allied Domecq Retailing and J.Lyons & Co. Craig Walker - Joint Chair of Employment Autism Craig has been involved with the charity since 2008, supporting the former chairman and chief executives on strategy, fund raising, and latterly the imperative to improve employment outcomes for autistic people. He currently has a portfolio of roles in Higher Education, including strategic posts for education at Imperial College, consulting roles with challenger universities supporting their development, and is an advisor to data sciences start up Huddlr Analytics. Craig has a background in strategy and in transformational change in sectors covering property, retail and banking. He has worked previously for McKinsey & Co, BP; and also consulted for diverse private and public organisations including John Lewis Partnership, FCA, Carphone Warehouse and London Underground. Kevin Langford - Honorary Treasurer Kevin has had a successful career as an accountant, mist recently as Chief Financial Officer for Immediate Media. Steering Group Hilary Fertig - Employment Autism Development Manager In parallel with a career in IT, Hilary has worked in a variety of roles within the field of autism and additional needs. These include as job coach within the IT industry, and in teaching and learning support roles with both adults and children with additional needs. Hilary has an MA in Autism Studies from the Tizard Centre at Kent University. Her dissertation was on the based on the lived experience of autistic people in the workplace. Andrea Haug Andrea is an HR leader who has partnered a number of businesses across multiple sectors in the UK and internationally. She has worked with the John Lewis Partnership, Laing O'Rourke, BAA, Starwood Inc and Barclays. Judith Kerem Judith has worked in the field of autism for over 23 years. She is currently the Development Director at CareTrade Charitable Trust, a small charity that provides training for young people with autism who want to move into employment. Judith has previously worked at Treehouse School, National Autistic Society In 2004 she completed her MA in Lifelong Learning at Birkbeck, which has led to successful programmes and projects being developed to support employment for Autistic graduated and job seekers. Judith regularly carries out training and consultancy and has presented at a number of conferences both in the UK and internationally. Paul Maddrell Dr Paul Maddrell is Lecturer in International History and International Relations at Loughborough University. His father Geoffrey Maddrell was the founder and chairman of Research Autism. Paul Maddrell is a historian who specializes in German and international history in the 20th century and particularly since 1945. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Higher Education Academy. He teaches courses on German history since 1945, 20th-century international history and contemporary international relations. Nicola Martin Professor Nicola Martin is a founder member of The Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC). PARC is a collective of autistic scholars and allies working together to ensure autism research is informed by autistic people. She is Professor of Inclusive Education at London South Bank University and heads the Critical Autism and Disability Studies (CADS) Research Group and the MA Education-Autism. Previously Nicola was head of The Autism Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. She has collaborated in research with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen from Cambridge University and acted as Principal Investigator in relevant projects funded by Research Autism and The John and Lorna Wing Foundation. Nasser Siabi Nasser is the CEO of Microlink PC (UK) Ltd founded in November 1992. Nasser was awarded an OBE in 2011 for his contribution in the field of disability. He is one of the founding members of the British Assistive Technology Association and part of the DWP Disability Employer Engagement steering group. In 2015 he received a lifetime achievement award from the National Diversity Awards for his contribution to people with disabilities. Nasser is an active contributor to various disability forums and organisations. He spends a considerable part of his working life in advisory roles to education, central government and private sector bodies to improve the outcomes for the disabled people. Phil Wilson Phil is Head of Assessment and Diversity and Chief Psychologist at the Civil Service Fast Stream and Early Talent. He oversees the multi-award winning Civil Service Autism Exchange Internship Programme, and other award winning positive action and outreach activities. He also leads the design of the assessment process for Fast Stream (The Times Number 1 Graduate Employer), along with the diversity and inclusion strategy for Fast Stream and Early Talent. Prior to this role he was Head of Occupational Psychology at the London Fire Brigade, as well as Acting Head of Occupational Psychology for Greater Manchester Police.