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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

Paul Prescott (Chair)

Paul has had a lifelong career in the rail industry, culminating in Board level appointments in the UK and Ireland.  Paul is the current Chair of Scottish Autism and has an adult son with autism.

Alison Leask (Vice Chair)

Alison has 25 years of clinical nursing experience and since 1996 has had a professional and personal interest in autism.  She was a founding member of Autism Argyll and has been involved in many autism initiatives at local and national level.  Alison was leader of the NHS Education for Scotland project developing autism information resources, particularly in relation to assessment and diagnosis.  Alison qualified with an MSc in Autism in 2007 and was a member of the Scottish Government Autism Reference Group until 2015.

Paul Nelson (Treasurer)

Paul is a retired managing director who lives in Dunblane. He was educated at Queens University of Belfast and spent his career in a variety of commercial businesses. Paul has a broad range of skills in management and   negotiation and also has a strong history of community and voluntary work, notably as a local councillor, business   advisor to the Scotland Office, working on a school board and various professional associations, and making tea at Dunblane Memory cafe.

Board Members - Other Directors

Margaret Mary Rafferty

Appointed to the Board in 2019, Margaret Mary was previously the Chief Executive at Ceteris for over ten years.  She has a wealth of property management experience as well as business development, sales, marketing and financial management knowledge.  Margaret Mary has personal experience of the value of support Scottish Autism offers to autistic people and their families.

Keith Wallace

Keith is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Director with a wealth of board experience and a keen interest in corporate governance.  He has spent his executive career in railways, working on the planning and design of some of the world's largest projects; and more recently holding senior positions with rail operators in the UK on major change programmes.  His non-executive work covers rail, education and sport, bringing a broad range of skills and experience

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.

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.

Andrew Lester

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

Colette Robertson

Colette is a parent of an adult with autism and has been involved with Scottish Autism for over 30 years, serving on the Board for most of this time.

Senior Management Team

Dorry McLaughlin

Chief Executive 

Dorry joins Scottish Autism from Viewpoint where she was Chief Executive for eight years. Dorry has worked in housing, support and care services for some 25 years, following spells in local government and with the housing regulator in England. Although much of Dorry’s experience in recent years has been around working with older people many of the issues autistic people face will share a similar dynamic. Dorry brings to Scottish Autism expertise in leading the development of innovative services which support people who often live with complex needs.

Charlene Tait

Deputy CEO

Sharon Stewart

Director of Human Resources

Jackie Latto

Director of Autism Services

Simon Hunt

Director of Finance and Corporate Affairs