Our Patron

Dr Rory Cowlam

 
Rory is a respected voice within the veterinary industry with an ever-growing career in broadcast media. His warmth and knowledge shines through on his regular appearances on programmes such as ITV’s Lorraine, BBC’s Blue Peter, CBBC HQ as well as BBC Breakfast and Sky News.
 
A graduate from the Royal Veterinary College in 2015 he has since gone to a full-time career as a member of the Neighbourhood vet practice based in East Dulwich, London. Rory’s ethos is based around education and communication which saw him become an Amazon bestselling Author in 2020 with his debut book Secret Life of a Vet published by Hodder.
 
Rory is a charismatic and confident spokesperson, with the ability to engage with a wide range of audiences. A true believer in giving back Rory is an ambassador for charities such the RSPCA, StreetVet and works closely with Dogs trust.

Our Ambassadors

Carly Jones

MBE

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

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 Tabb

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 22,000 subscribers and over 100 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 Charman

Trustee

Max has spent the last 18 years in various roles at Plan International, the global development and humanitarian INGO that advances children’s rights and equality for girls, with an annual budget in excess of $1Bn.  For the last 5 years he has been a senior level technology manager, responsible for the IT application service delivery.

Max is strategically focused, self-motivated and professional, with the ability to work to strict delivery deadlines while maintaining quality and high standards.

Colonel Richard “Dick” Wilkinson

Trustee

Following his army career, Dick was 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 Lattimer

Trustee

Zoe has had a career in education, most recently as Principal at High Close School in Wokingham. High Close, owned and managed by Barnardos, is a non-maintained special school offering day and residential provision for young people with complex social, emotional and mental health needs.

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.
Antonia Brown-Griffin

Trustee

Antonia (Toni) has a wealth of experience in the assistance dog world; she herself is an assistance dog user and worked for many years in various roles for the charity, Support Dogs. Toni also has two daughters on the autistic spectrum