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Trustees are recruited through a variety of means including advertisements in the national press and through direct contacts. All recruitment is based upon building and maintaining a board with a balanced range of strengths and expertise. The Board of Trustees follows a regular cycle of termly meetings and has an annual away-day with the Executive Leadership Team. The committees are chaired by Trustees with relevant expertise and who report to the full Board.

The Joint Finance and Resources Committee meets regularly and is responsible for general oversight and scrutiny of systems of planning, financial management and reporting, internal control and risk management. The Joint Nomination and Remuneration Committee is responsible for organisational decisions including those concerning pay conditions, policies and employment and deals with Trustee renewal, support and review. The Joint Education Committee ensures the effective oversight of the development and delivery of education services, oversight on the research, policy and looks at the developments and initiatives to maximise its reach and impact for the benefit of children and young people. The School and College Governing Bodies examine all matters relating to performance and are overseen by the Education Committee.


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Neil Goulden

Chair of Ambitious about Autism Board and Chair of Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust Board

Neil had a highly successful 40 year career in the Leisure and Hospitality industry. Since 2014 he has followed a portfolio career focussed on his keen interest in promoting Social Justice through equal opportunities in Health, Housing and Education. He is Chair of Clarion Housing, the UK's largest Housing Association, Chair at Nottingham Trent University and Chair of the Finance Committee at healthcare charity Sue Ryder, in addition to his work with Ambitious about Autism.

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Lesley Longstone

Vice Chair of Ambitious about Autism and Vice Chair of Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust

Lesley has many years' experience at very senior levels in the public sector, both in the UK and overseas. She has been a member of the Department for Education Board, initially as Director General with responsibility for young people, working with the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, police and Youth Justice Board to deliver positive outcomes for young people. She then moved on to lead the change programme that among other things, saw the successful delivery of the Academies programme. Lesley's career before then included several years working for the Employment Service, an arms-length body of the Department for Employment. She spent time working in New Zealand as the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Education.

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Paul Disley-Tindell

Chair of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Paul is Director of Corporate Real Estate at Telereal Trillium, a privately owned, London based property company. The company, which owns £6bn of assets, has long-term property partnerships with some of the UK’s largest occupiers, including BT and the Department for Work and Pensions. Paul is responsible for new business opportunities in both the public and private sectors, asset management and operational property strategies. Prior to joining Telereal Trillium, Paul worked for the asset management team at Royal Mail Property Holdings, where he was responsible for a number of operational property portfolios. A Chartered Surveyor, Paul has a BSc (Hons) in land management from Reading University and a postgraduate certificate in property investment from Cass Business School. He is a committee member of the Reading Real Estate Foundation, an educational charity, established to support real estate education at the University of Reading by engaging with industry to help students to achieve their full potential. 

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Elizabeth Stanton

Treasurer of Ambitious about Autism and Treasurer of Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust

Elizabeth is a recently retired Ernst and Young (EY) partner. She graduated in Mathematics before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. She moved overseas after qualifying, returning to the UK in 1986 when she joined EY. In her career with EY she was an audit partner on a wide range of FTSE listed clients. She has lead Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), bid/defence work and large fraud investigations. She also held various management roles most recently being responsible for Risk Management in the assurance practice for the UK and Ireland. She is a Governor of Cranleigh School where she is a member of the Finance, Strategic Planning and Risk Management committees.

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Jonathan Andrews


Jonathan is a Solicitor at Reed Smith. He has achieved several national and international accolades for his work both to ensure autistic people have fair access to the workplace and to raise awareness among employers of the benefits to hiring talented autistic/neurodiverse employees. He is a former Chair of the Ambitious about Autism Youth Council and a member of the Ambitious about Autism Impact Committee. He was awarded European Campaigner of the Year 2016 and received a British Citizens Award at the House of Lords. He is a 2017 Queen's Young Leader and was the first British person to be shortlisted for the Commonwealth Youth Awards in 2017. Jonathan sits on the government's Health and Work expert board, the Law Society's equality board and is co-founder of Mind's equality leaders board, through which he works to ensure mental health services are more accessible to autistic people and others from non-traditional backgrounds. Jonathan holds a BA in English, an LLB in Law, an MA in Law and Business, and the Associateship of King's College. He has studied at the universities of Cambridge, King's College London and BPP. 

Ambitious about Autism trustee Alistair

Alistair MacCallum


Alistair is the dynamic UK CEO of Kinetic WW (a WPP company), the UK’s No.1 out of home marketing specialist. Alistair has led initiatives across media agencies and the wider marketing and communications sector to promote neurodiversity. Alistair has lived experience of autism. With over 20 years’ experience in the media industry, Alistair brings strong commercial understanding of the role digital plays across marketing, communications and business and how this supports building strategy, culture and strong teams.