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Meet the Team

We know that the quality of our service is directly related to the quality of our people and that is why we invest in our staff to ensure we maintain a talented and committed workforce. As an organisation delivering an autism-specific service, it is imperative that our staff receive appropriate training and learning opportunities to develop their expertise and maintain our high standards.

In 2011 we formally established an in-house Training Team which allows for more centralised, co-ordinated and efficient delivery of training across our large staff team which includes in excess of 500 people delivering front line services and 300 in management and support functions.

Board Members - Office Bearers

Alison Leask

Alison is a Regional Tutor for the University of Birmingham Webautism course and holds a formal qualification in autism. Alison is the current Vice Chair of Scottish Autism. She has over 25 years clinical nursing experience, and is a founding member and Chair of Autism Argyll. Alison was leader of the work done by NHS Education for Scotland in developing ASD information resources, particularly related to assessment and diagnosis.

Paul Prescott

Paul has had a lifelong career in Passenger Railways, culminating in a UK board level appointment with Railtrack.

Special Interest – Paul is the current Chair of Scottish Autism and is a parent of a young adult with autism.

Board Members - Other Directors

Peigi Macarthur

Having worked in schools with various roles and responsibilities, Peigi retired from her professional career as a Head Teacher and stood down as Chair of the Secondary Head Teachers' Group. Since retiring she has been involved in project work with the City of Edinburgh Council focusing on Leadership Development, as well as various peer-led teenage education projects. 

Andrew McKechanie

Andrew is a consultant psychiatrist and research fellow in autism and intellectual disability research, dividing his time between NHS clinical work and university-based research endeavours. His research work includes brain-imaging, genetic and quality-of-life studies, with a view to translate research findings into meaningful benefits.

Alun Morgan

Alun has a wealth of experience in providing leadership and governance in organisations. He is Chairman of the European Institute of Printed Circuits and holds the post of Chairman of Isola Werke UK Limited. He is also a Project Facilitator & European Representative of the High Density Packaging User Group headquartered in Texas, USA. Until recently, Alun was a member of the Board of Management of New College Lanarkshire and the Lanarkshire Regional Funding Body.

Lindsay Ebner

Lindsay is a professional interim manager and management coach. His specialities include business transformation management and information technology effectiveness. He has over 30 years experience in both public and private sectors in UK and overseas service organisations. Interests include digital health and the opportunities for health care and support service development and delivery. 

Sue Fletcher-Watson

Sue is a developmental psychologist with an interest in using research methods from psychology to address questions with clinical, educational and societal impact. Her main research focus is on child development as well as interventions or educational aids, technology in particular, that help children to reach their full potential.  

Andrew Lester

Andrew is an architect who has a long association with Scottish Autism, having previously served as Chair. Andrew also designed New Struan, and is the parent of a young adult with autism.

Colette Robertson

Special Interest -  Colette is a parent of a young adult with autism and has been involved with Scottish Autism for over 20 years.

Senior Management Team

Alan Somerville

Chief Executive Officer

Charlene Tait

Director of Autism Practice and Research 

Sharon Stewart

Director of Human Resources

Jackie Latto

Director of Autism Services

Simon Hunt

Director of Finance and Corporate Affairs