About the Charity
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About the Executive Committee
Chief Executive Officer - Claire Smith
Claire trained as a British Sign Language Interpreter, as well as a disability advocate. From there professional experiences and her own personal experiences in trying to find appropriate support she founded Autistic Nottingham and designed many of it's services. She is currently studying "Voluntary Sector Management" at Bayes Business School in London. Claire was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Condition at the age of 27.
Chief Operating Officer - Louisa Hackford-Gentle
Louisa holds a HND Adult Nursing, as well as being a qualified Autism Advocate. Louisa has worked for Autistic Nottingham since it became a registered charity as an Autism Advocate and PA, she became Service Coordinator in 2020 and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer later that year when she was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Condition at 26yrs old. She is also studying "Voluntary Sector Management" with the Bayes Business School in London.
Chief Financial Officer - Jonathon Whyte
Jonathon is a registered Radiographer and holds an MBA in Business Management. Jonathon was diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum at 23yrs old and uses his knowledge of the NHS and Business Management to support our charity.
Chief Technical Officer - Paul Dunn
Paul works full time in IT as well as being our technical officer. He holds a Computer Science degree from the University of Nottingham and was diagnosed at the age of 27. Since his diagnosis he has found a real passion for helping other Autistic Adults both in the workplace and as part of our charity.