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Who we are – Our Management Team

Jade

Jade Page
Parent Support Manager
/ Hub Lead
Jade wears many hats within BAS. She manages the operational side of things, provides parent support and is one of our lead trainers. She also runs The Autism Page website and is a full time mum to two autistic boys. Before having kids Jade worked in Strategy and Information and has a passion for sharing information. She is calm, level-headed and has a wealth of knowledge to share with parents and carers of children with autism. See Jade’s One Page Profile

Louise

Louise Mills
Operations Manager / Peer Educator
Louise manages day to day operations for the charity and the Operations Team. Louise has 3 children and first came to BAS support meetings when her eldest daughter was diagnosed as autistic in 2018 after a 6 year long fight for support. Her son received a diagnosis of autism during the coronavirus lockdown. Both her son and daughter have since been diagnosed with ADHD. Louise undertakes regular courses to enhance her knowledge of Autism, ADHD and SEN support. Louise also works supporting autistic young people and volunteers to support other parent organisations/charities in Bristol. See Louise’s One Page Profile

christina

Christina Morgan
Finance Manager

Christina is our finance manager, having worked previously in finance and accounting for over 20 years. She also provides parent support for BAS and is a co-facilitator for our courses. Christina has a son who was diagnosed with autism in 2015. She is committed to supporting BAS and the work we do in supporting autistic children.

Jonny Gilder

Jonny Gilder
Social Media and Marketing Manager
Jonny runs Marketing With Jonny, a Social Media agency specialising in the sports industry that is focused on delivering end-to-end social media management with empathy, kindness and inclusivity. Jonny has lived experience of autism with close family members who are autistic. See Jonny’s One Page Profile

Kim

Kim Gryniewicz
Administrator & Membership Manager
/ Peer Educator
Kim is mum to two autistic teenage boys and has been involved with BAS for some time. Kim is a regular volunteer at our in person support groups and coffee mornings.  Kim manages our enquiries service, newsletters and day to day administration for BAS.

Laura McFadden

Laura McFadden
Fundraising and Events Coordinator / Peer Educator

Laura is already a BAS volunteer that runs our weekly in person support group providing peer to peer support. Laura has experience as a TV Researcher, project management and running her own business. See Laura’s One Page Profile

Lizzie

Lizzie Witchard
Helpline Co-ordinator and Volunteer Mentor
/ Wrap Around Coordinator
Lizzie has been a part of BAS for nearly 10 years. She wears many hats within the organisation, offering parent support, running in-person groups and mentoring our volunteers. She co-ordinates our helpline as well. Lizzie is the mother of a teenage autistic daughter and is studying to be a counsellor. See Lizzie’s One Page Profile

Abby Francis

Abby Francis
Hub Coordinator
Abby is the Hub Coordinator for the Autism Central Peer Education Programme. Abby comes to us with experience in customer service and project management roles most recently in primary and secondary education settings. See Abby’s One Page Profile

Loren Snow – Autistic Trainer and Facilitator
Loren has been teaching parents, autistic people, and healthcare staff about autism for almost a decade. They deliver various autism courses and groups with BAS. You can find out more about them on their website and their youtube, where they have over a hundred videos explaining everything about autism. As well as teaching with BAS they also deliver training to NHS staff and work in the NHS reviewing autistic patients’ care in mental health settings.

Amy Phipps

Amy Phipps – Parent Trainer / Facilitator
Amy is an experienced autism trainer who has Dyscalculia delivers information sessions and our 6-week support groups / courses. Amy is mum to an autistic child and has worked in the field of autism for 20 years.   A freelance trainer, delivering National Autistic Society’s training and Teenage Life with Bristol Autism Team.  Amy manages the Autism Families website. See Amy’s One Page Profile. 

April Iles
Wrap Around Coordinator
April has always had a passion for SEND. She has worked as a SEN Teacher in an SEMH school for 15 years. She has a son, a daughter, and a full of beans puppy! Her son has a diagnosis of autism and this ignighted April’s interest in autism and in supporting other families. April runs the Fishponds Coffee Morning and also works as a Wrap-Around-Co-ordinator for BAS. 

Laura Shaw

Laura Shaw
Wrap Around Coordinator
Laura is based in North Somerset with her two children (one of which is autistic with ADHD). Laura is a licensed facilitator of the Parent Plus Special Educational Needs programme and currently works with North Somerset Parent Carers Working Together (NSPCWT).

Saira Stringer

Saira Stringer
Wrap Around Coordinator
Saira has been a BAS volunteer for some time running our Easton coffee mornings and providing peer support. Saira has two children and is Bristol based. Saira started working in autism in a mainstream school as an SEN LSA before moving to a specialist school in the same role. More recently Saira has been working in family support and at Autism Independence. See Saira’s one Page profile

Vicky Cooksley

Vicky Cooksley
Wrap Around Coordinator
Vicky spent 16 years as a specialist teacher for students with additional needs and then went on to lecture at a college to help teach young people understand SEND. Vicky is a Certified Sleep Coach and you may recognise her from our Autism and Sleep sessions. Vicky is also Mum to two children and based in Devon.