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Meet our training team

Meet our training team

Ian Adam Bellamy is an experienced project manager with responsibility for delivering our post–16 development work. He is currently leading a project to enable further education providers to run autism awareness training for their own staff and support more young people with autism to move from school to college.

Ian joined Ambitious about Autism to work on our Finished at School Programme. Supported by the Department for Education, the programme was successful in supporting young people with autism to access further education. More recently, Ian led a project to create a suite of training materials for the Autism Education Trust (AET)’s post–16 training programme. This training is now being delivered under licence across the country.

Ian is available for post–16 training, consultancy (contributions to projects, creating and reviewing training materials) conferences and workshops.

 

Felicity Carter has wide–ranging experience delivering training on topics including understanding autism, autism in employment and customer service. She now leads on the delivery of understanding autism training for Ambitious about Autism.

Felicity delivers Autism Education Trust (AET) training in schools, upskilling mainstream and specialist settings to better support children and young people with autism to access education. 

Clare Caccavone has 18 years' experience of building successful teams. She has worked in education for over 13 years, leading services including Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) and supporting transition to and from college and post–16 education.

Clare has successfully achieved Ofsted grade 2 ‘Good’ and full accreditation of the Matrix Quality Standard for services providing IAG to students at three further education colleges in London. She has supported many hundreds of students to progress to university, work placements and further education settings. 

Emily Bawtree has more than 10 years’ experience working in autism specific organisations in training and quality assurance roles. An experienced trainer and leader, Emily has designed, delivered and evaluated accredited programmes to a range of audiences in health, care, education, law, therapeutic settings and public services. Using her own direct service support experience as well as academic background, Emily has written and delivered bespoke training courses and consultancy on managing difficult situations, mental health and autism, environmental assessments and behaviour that challenges. Now running the Training, Development and Consultancy team at Ambitious about Autism, Emily is responsible for the creation and delivery of all training programmes delivered by the charity and heads their Autism Education Trust training hub and Autism Exchange Employment Programme.

Roisin O’Brien has achieved a masters in Clinical Psychology having focused her research on better understanding the diagnostic criteria of Autism and the lack of awareness that exists across public and professional sectors. Since completing this she has gone on to work in a specialist Autism specific setting, supporting young people with Autism and complex needs using varied psychological and behavioural approaches. She has experience in training colleagues in basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques to best equip them to support specific young people within their setting.

Previous experience includes working as a Visitor Support at a men’s prison, where she was exposed to inmates who had a diagnosis of Autism/Asperger syndrome along with mental health difficulties and learning disabilities. Within this role Roisin supported colleagues and visitors to the prison in helping them to understand these differences and signpost them to where they can find further support and guidance. 

Since university her aim has been to be in a role that focuses on training people and raising awareness around Autism. Her education and experience have provided her with an in-depth knowledge of Autism in difference contexts. 
 

Contact our Training and Consultancy team

For further information, please email us at training@ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk or call our Training and Consultancy team on 020 8815 5166.

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