Joanna Panese – Practice and Community Development Lead
Joanna leads a team of specialist autism advisors and will be on hand to support throughout your consultancy project.
An experienced practitioner and leader, Joanna has over 14 years’ experience in the third sector through direct practice, service development and management roles. At Scottish Autism, Joanna has worked alongside autistic people in supported living and day services, and has managed services that provide vocational and skills development opportunities.
In her current role, Joanna leads on the development of practice both internally and externally providing practice and service development support across Scottish Autism, and partner organisations. Joanna’s key interest lies in creating environments and communities that enable autistic people to flourish and that value their voice.
Zofia Bukeil - Senior Community Advisor
Zofia has 10 years’ experience in the third sector through direct practice, project development and management roles. Zofia has directly worked alongside autistic people both in children and adult services.
Zofia also managed a variety of services that provide social and leisure opportunities, transition support, day services as well as those that provide vocational and skills development opportunities.
Currently Zofia leads on the delivery of a range of community support services for autistic people and their families, such as the Advice Line and National Post Diagnostic Support, as well as a range of services for professionals and practitioners. Zofia coaches and mentors the wider Communities Team.
Zofia’s key interest encompasses person centeredness, encouraging autonomy and empowerment, that enables autistic people to achieve their aspirations and for their voices to be heard.
Rebecca Goodsir - Senior Practice Development Advisor
Rebecca has worked with Scottish Autism since 2010. Within this time, Rebecca has developed her experience through direct practice, management of services for autistic children, staff development and good practice sharing, and community support including external training and Scottish Autism’s Advice Line.
Rebecca’s current role centres on project management of Scottish Autism's practice advisor team. This postition promotes practice which has Scottish Autism's values at the heart. This is achieved through; development of training opportunities, reflective resources, improvement focussed sessions and concentrated practice work for teams, staff or services.
Rebecca has a passion for services which offer fulfilment for autistic individuals. This is based on providing a low stress environment and encouraging engagement with interests and activities which promote wellbeing. This is not only a passion for Rebecca due to the positive outcomes observed in practice but also through personal experience with family.