We’re delighted to announce that Chris Packham has agreed to be Patron of Dogs for Autism. Chris is well known for his work as a Wildlife TV presenter and conservationist and for his successful campaign work in protecting animals and the environment. Chris has talked openly about his autism and the support his dogs have given him over the years.
Chris received his autism diagnosis in his forties and has recently talked about how this helped explain the feelings of isolation and depression he suffered as a young man. We are honoured that Chris has agreed to support our organisation and we are looking forward to working with him.
Carly has been working as an autism advocate since 2008 and was made an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list for services to the autistic population.
With a fantastic reputation for her pioneering work with and for autistic people, we are delighted that she has chosen to support our charity as our first ambassador.
Stephen Brooker is Executive Musical Supervisor for Cameron Mackintosh worldwide. He was musical director and conductor for Universal Pictures’ film of Les Misérables.
Stephen is a long standing supporter of the charity and has provided foster care for some of our trainee assistance dogs, including Labradors, Arthur and Jerry G.
Stephen has an extensive and impressive musical portfolio; for more information please visit his website.
Ella received a late autism diagnosis in her 30’s which was the inspiration for starting her YouTube channel Purple Ella where she talks about autism, ADHD and physical disability. Now the channel has 31,000 subscribers and over 250 videos about many aspects of autistic life. She also works as a contractor for the National Autistic Society, and as a autistic public speaker. Ella is the Mother of two autistic children so she’s able to provide both a first hand autistic perspective and also is able to understand the challenges of parenting autistic children. Since becoming the handler of her own autism assistance dog, Coco, Ella has seen first hand the independence and support that assistance dogs can provide for autistic people of all ages. She is passionate about the service that Dogs For Autism provides and wants to help in any way she can.
Our Board of Trustees
Max is strategically focused, self-motivated and professional, with the ability to work to strict delivery deadlines while maintaining quality and high standards.
Following a career encompassing the Army and finance, Dick was Director of Horse Rangers, a children’s charity at Hampton Court, which included a Riding for the Disabled branch with many autistic clients. Dick was also secretary of the Royal Humane Society from 2007 until his retirement in 2017. As a result of this work, Dick has a wealth of experience in running a charitable organisation.
Dick has an autistic grandson and has seen first-hand the positive impact an assistance dog can have not only on the autistic person but the family as a whole.
Zoe believes passionately in a holistic approach to education, with a conviction that life and academic skills can be taught side-by-side with support.
Kellie–Jayne is Mum to two children. Her son, Henry, is 9 and was diagnosed as autistic aged 3. Henry attends a local special needs school and during autism awareness week he did lots of jumping and walking to raise awareness for DfA. Kellie–Jayne is also a Governor at Henry’s school and a committee member for the local Alton/Bordon National Autistic Society Group.
Kellie–Jayne has worked as a solicitor for nearly 20 years and is keen to bring both her professional and personal experience to the DfA team. She understands first-hand the challenges that autism can bring to children and their families and is passionate about raising awareness and supporting others wherever she can.