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Meet the training team

Our dedicated team of trainers can help you or your organisation boost your autism understanding and confidence. Find out more about our training professionals by reading their profiles below. 

Clare Caccavone Programme Director at Ambitious about Autism

Clare Caccavone

Programme Director

After a varied career spanning 15 years within further education, Clare moved to Ambitious about Autism and has developed a range of programmes and services including Treehouse School sixth form careers development; Learner and Family Engagement; Youth Participation; Autism Exchange and now oversees the development and implementation of the national Employ Autism programme.  

Clare is an experienced leader, speaker and trainer as well as a passionate advocate for diversity, equality and inclusion everywhere. 

Find out more about Clare by reading her one page profile.

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Felicity Carter

Project Manager

Felicity is the Programme Manager for London and surrounding areas and manages the Careers advice team to deliver support to candidates of the programme. Felicity provides advice and expertise to employers to adapt their recruitment processes as well as supporting employers throughout internships.

Felicity has wide-ranging experience delivering training on topics including understanding autism, autism in employment and customer service.

Find out more about Felicity by reading her one page profile

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Michelle Collard

Training and Consultancy Manager

Michelle is responsible for the development, creation and delivery of training products and consultancy services at Ambitious about Autism. She has over 12 years’ experience working as a senior leader, trainer and researcher in residential and education settings which specialise in supporting children, young people, and adults with Autism.

Michelle’s autism research background, both managing and conducting research projects and her Masters degree in Autism Studies from the Tizard Centre, supports the integrity and development of training materials and resources utilised by Ambitious About Autism. She has a wealth of experience designing and implementing quality assurance processes and procedures, to measure the impact and outcomes of services delivered. She ensures the organisation's practice and policy is delivered to the highest possible standard, in the best interest of the individual/s and their families being supported, improving quality of life outcomes.

Find out more about Michelle by reading her one page profile.

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Gil Goncalves

Training and Consultancy Officer

Gil has worked for many years in HR and has got a special interest and experience in learning, training, and skills development.

He successfully designed and delivered the Face-to-Face Befriending training service at Scope UK, aimed at parents of disabled children in five East London boroughs who accessed the service for emotional support in coming to terms with their child's diagnosis. He also implemented Positive Action programmes at some London local authorities, bringing a diversity of approach in the recruitment and promotion of talents in some London local authorities as well as in the Fire Service.

Find out more about Gil by reading his one page profile.

Catherine Leggit

Training Consultant

Cath’s background is in engineering and technical roles, and they have also worked on gender equality projects for women in science, engineering and technology.

Cath is an experienced autism and employment consultant and trainer and has worked with employers and employees nationwide as a specialist optimising autistic people’s strengths at work since 2014. Cath also speaks at conferences and events, and regularly contributes to articles and interviews to promote the recruitment, retention and progression of autistic people in the workplace. Cath was diagnosed autistic in 2015 and has an adult autistic child.

In their spare time, Cath enjoys advocacy and building peer support networks for adults to bring together autistic autism professionals, parents, jobseekers, creatives, artists and other professionals to address some of the shortfalls in the support available around diagnosis, accessing healthcare and services and generally living well as an autistic person. Cath is a passionate about her work, bringing communities together and bridging the gaps between parents, autistic adults and support professionals.

Find out more about Cath by reading her one page profile.