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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

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.   

Paul Nelson

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.

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, 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

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