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Our Ambassadors

Our Employ Autism Business Ambassadors are senior decision-makers representing a cross-section of the UK’s economy. They are enthusiastic in their support of Ambitious about Autism and are committed to helping us bridge the gap to employment for young autistic people across the country.

Employ Autism Business Ambassadors draw on their networks and expertise to engage with potential Employ Autism partners and funders, through meetings, events and other opportunities to connect. 

Watch the film that our Business Ambassador Group have contributed to, telling us why they’re so passionate about Employ Autism and Ambitious about Autism. Thanks to ATOS and Magnus Schoeman and Craig Allen, who made the production of this film possible. 

For more information, please contact Georgina Wilson, Deputy Director of Fundraising.
 

Simon Clements

Simon Clements

Chair, Business Ambassador Group

Simon is a Client Executive for IBM Talent & Transformation, working with Chief HR Officers to help transform large enterprises' HR functions across Talent Acquisition, Talent Development and HR Technologies.

Leading the Ally network for IBMs People with Diverse Abilities Employee Resource Group in the UK, Simon is passionate about creating a culture of inclusion in the workplace and is involved in several programmes related to neurodiversity and autism. In his spare time, Simon enjoys cooking, arts & culture and sports (mostly from the sofa!).

Ricky DeLandro

Ricky DeLandro

Senior Managing Partner, Apater Capital

Ricky is Senior Managing Partner at innovation-focused Private Equity house Apater Capital, after leaving his role as Head of Business Innovation for UK Corporate Banking at HSBC. 

Most of his 20-year career has been spent in financial services business change, with the majority being focused in Investment Banking Structured Products. His natural curiosity and entrepreneurial spirit however, steered him away from the world of derivatives over recent years and towards more innovation centric roles. 

His work has taken him to most corners of the world and these hours of travel have allowed him to read at least one non-fiction book a week for several years. He aspires to be a modern day “poly math” but is currently making do with being “healthily impatient”. 

Although a native Londoner, Ricky lives in God’s own county Yorkshire and has three very active little boys under 9 years of age. He therefore does not really have time for proper hobbies that exclude being in the park, panini sticker books or Mario Kart. 

His eldest son Adam is on the Autistic Spectrum and teaches him to be a better person every passing day. 

Richard Jones

Richard Jones

Former Bank CEO/Diversity Advocate

Richard has lived and worked in many developed and developing countries as an International Manager with HSBC. More recently he was CEO of Crown Agents Bank and now has a portfolio career as an investor and advisor in Fintech and other start up and scale up businesses. He is also the co-founder of a sustainable investment advisory business with academics from Cambridge University.   

He is a champion of true inclusion and diversity in the workplace and is committed to help the Employ Autism program bridge the gap between neurodiverse talent and businesses who need the transformational skills that are available. 

Nathan Ott

Chief Polisher, The GC Index

With over 20 years of working with business leaders to get the best from their talent, Nathan has always thought there was something missing. Subsequently, through years of conversations with business leaders he realised he was not alone. This notion that ‘something was missing’ is the key stimulus for the original The GC Index research. 

Nathan is the vision and driving force behind The GC Index. He has a fundamental belief that everyone can make an impact in their world and has created a global community of GC Partners and GCologists that is committed to fostering the impact and contribution from everyone around the globe, whether they are a global Fortune CEO or a child in a developing country. 

Outside of work Nathan has a love for Hot Yoga, Liverpool Football Club, WhatsApp and tasting the red wine from every country he visits. He has a wonderful (and very understanding!) wife and three magical children who fuel his daily energy. 

Gavin Summer

Gavin Summer

Co-founder and Coach, ScaleWise

Gavin is the co-founder of an online coaching platform called ScaleWise, and also founded Frank Focus Ltd, who provide revenue consulting, coaching and sales training to start ups, scale ups and charities. Typically, they range from pre-revenue to £10million turnover / Seed to Series B organisations. Gavin is an international coaching federation accredited coach, trained through Barefoot coaching. 

He is a founding member of the revenue collective, an exclusive members’ organisation for high growth sales leaders, and also holds a non-exec board position advising on commercial strategy for a UK advocacy charity and a business ambassador for Ambitious about Autism.  

Dr Magnus Schoeman

Dr Magnus Schoeman

Head of Financial Services, UK&I and Global Client Executive Partner, Atos

Magnus is the Head of Financial Services, UK&I and Global Client Executive Partner in Atos. His background spans 20 years of experience in leading client relationships through growth and transformation in a range of sectors (Financial Services, Insurance, Public Sector, Retail, Health, Transport and Logistics, Industrial Minerals).

Magnus has a PhD in Microbiology from Imperial College, London University. He is a visiting lecturer at Cranfield School of Management where he specialises in innovation management. In his spare time, he authors a blog on rainforest conservation and enjoys running and cooking. Magnus has a personal interest in autism through his older son being diagnosed at an early age.