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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. 

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Emily Bawtree

Head of Training and Consultancy

Emily 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 sessions and consultancy on managing difficult situations, mental health and autism, environmental assessments and behaviour that challenges.

Now running the training 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 its Autism Education Trust (AET) training hubs and Autism Exchange employment programme.

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Ian Adam Bellamy

Post-16 Project Officer

Ian is an experienced project manager with responsibility for delivering our post-16 development work.

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, he led a project to expand and update 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 has extensive experience researching, writing, editing and testing training resources on subjects including understanding autism, supporting the transition from school to college and developing provision for young people with autism.

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Roisin O'Brien

Training and Consultancy Officer

Roisin has a masters in clinical psychology, focusing her research on better understanding the diagnostic criteria of autism and awareness of it across public and professional sectors.

She previously worked in a specialist autism-specific setting, supporting young people with autism and complex needs using varied psychological and behavioural approaches. She has also worked as a Visitor Support at a men’s prison, supporting prisoners with autism, mental health issues and learning disabilities. She worked with colleagues and visitors to the prison to help them understand these differences and signpost them to where they can find further support and guidance.

She is passionate about training people and raising awareness of autism. Her education and experience have provided her with an in-depth knowledge of autism in different contexts.

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Felicity Carter

Project Manager

Felicity 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 the work experience project.

Felicity is also experienced at delivery of the Autism Education Trust (AET) training programme in schools, upskilling mainstream and specialist settings to better support children and young people with autism to access education.

Find out more about Felicity by reading her one page profile