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Lesley Evans

Business Development Officer

With a 2:1 BA Hons in Marketing and over 25 years in the meetings and events sector, Lesley brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role. Whilst running her own successful event management business, Lesley worked with private, public and third sector clients arranging events both the UK and overseas. Lesley's current, innovative role at ANS supports Health and Social Care Partnerships and other partners to improve their practice and services with a view to securing better outcomes for autistic people. In her free time, Lesley is Chair and Trustee of a social enterprise helping shape women's futures.

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Lynsey Stewart

Capacity Building and Autism Improvement Officer

Lynsey leads on transitions across the lifespan, autism and aging and is currently working with NHS Education for Scotland on their newly created e-learning training resource. Lynsey engages autistic people, their families and carers, taking lead responsibility on engagement and improvements for the following geographical regions:

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Prof Jean MacLellan OBE

Director

Our Director, Professor Jean MacLellan, is a social worker by background who has worked in a variety of roles in local authorities, health and the voluntary sector. For much of her career she worked as a Social Work Inspector and Senior Civil Servant in the Scottish Government. In that capacity she led policy on adult protection, autism, carers, learning disability, sensory impairment and self directed support. She has written extensively in terms of policy development, implementation and evaluation.

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Graham Anderson

Autism Improvement Officer

Previously working as part of Glasgow's multi-disciplinary Adult Autism Team, co-ordinating projects for autistic teenagers and adults, learning support with South Lanarkshire College and have been employed by supporting living organisations, Graham is now an Improvement Offer covering Glasgow, South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, Perth & Kinross, Dundee, Angus and Renfrewshire. Through our contract with Scottish Government we are obliged to deliver on specific tasks to support and inform future strategic outcomes. Graham has recently submitted a report on Housing & Homelessness with regards to autism and previously worked on the development of a mental health training resource. Currently, he is working on a report in relation to parental support and a separate exploratory piece of work on best practice in assisted travel.

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Christine Collingwood

Autism Improvement Officer

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Thom Kirkwood

Engagement and Participation Officer

Thom, a highly educated and talented, motivational and high-performing professional has served our communities well over 40 years in various positions - from helping/supporting adults with reading and writing challenges, youth club leadership/sports coaching to both able bodied and physical disabled, to being a board member and/or trustee and/or director over the years to a number of local, regional and national organisations, including the Patients Association as Scottish Affairs Spokesperson and the Scottish Strategy for Autism, where he was former Chair of the Parent/Carer Group. He has also served on many policy review forums in areas of Education, Economic Development, Health, Housing and Social Care. Thom is currently a facilitating contributor to the NES NHS Training review group, a contributory member of Families and Carers, Employment and Wider Opportunities, Transitions work streams within Stirling Clackmannanshire Council Autism Development Plan and has undertaken associate input to other key policy areas of GIFREC and Advocacy. Thom is a current member of Strategy’s newly formed Review Group and an adviser to the Independent Review of Mental Health Legislation. At ANS, Thom leads on Autism and Advocacy, Assisted Travel and Positive Partnerships and networks regularly with the DWP, Social Security Scotland and City Deals. Thom is a single parent of 24 year old autistic daughter and has recently taken up the clarinet and enjoys rugby and formula 1. Thom is also a specialist trainer for Brain In Hand.

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Diane Wood

Autism Improvement Officer