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Meet the participation team

Our participation team at Ambitious about Autism run our youth engagement programmes including Youth Council and the Ambitious Youth Network. They work to ensure autistic young people at the heart of all we do. 


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There are many ways to keep up to date on the latest youth patron work, including: 

  • Sign up to the Ambitious about Autism newsletter - find out about other opportunities to campaign, attend events or get involved.
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Ambitious about Autism Participation Team Emily

Emily Niner

Participation Programme Manager

Emily manages the youth participation programmes that Ambitious about Autism offers. This includes Youth Council, the Ambitious Youth Network, consultancy with the Youth Patrons and youth participation with other organisations. Emily is also a WCMT Fellow in the 2019 cohort. Her project focused on exploring post-diagnostic support for autistic young people.

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


Abi Odell

Digital Participation Assistant

Abi has a wide range of experience working with young people from a variety of backgrounds. She has worked across ages in early years settings through to post-16 services and most recently supported young people to take their next steps into further education. She is very excited to be working with the Ambitious Youth Network and is eager to contribute to the continual strength of the participation team.  

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

rory sheridan

Rory Sheridan

Digital Participation Assistant

Rory has varied experience of working with young people from a range of backgrounds. He has worked across age groups in widening participation in an arts university and for a government collaborative outreach programme. He has volunteered with the national charity for people who stammer. He is keen to learn more about autistic young people through the Ambitious Youth Network and other participation initiatives.

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