A list of the NAS Academies Board of Trustees and their backgrounds.
Janet Corcoran (Chair)
Mother of an adult child with autism born in 1978, who now lives more independently than we ever thought possible, I was a mainstream primary school teacher from 1969 until I retired some five years ago, my last 16 years being as a Deputy Head teacher and SENCO. I have taught many children with autism. Secretary of the Lincolnshire Autistic Society for over 20 years, I run our local helpline for parents and professionals and I have been an NAS councillor since 1996 and a trustee from 1997. I am currently on the Services Quality and Development Committee and the Brand and Commercial Development Committee of the NAS board. We live in Donington, Lincolnshire where I am on a wide range of community and social welfare committees.
Dr. Carol Homden CBE
My older adult son has a diagnosis of ASD and MLD and after many difficulties is now suitably placed in a residential care home in East Anglia. Professionally, I started my career by setting up print media enterprises in East Anglia before moving to London as a freelance arts journalist and editor. I then became Director of Marketing and Development at the University of Westminster, later moving to the British Museum in 1999 as its first Director of Marketing and Public Affairs. In 2003 I joined the Prince's Trust as Commercial Director before becoming in 2007 Chief Executive of Coram, the oldest Children's charity in the UK. When selected to chair the NAS Board of Trustees in 2011, I relinquished (after five years) being Chair of the Avenues Trust, a provider of residential community and domiciliary services for adults with learning disability. We live in north London.
I have three children, one of whom has autism and is currently on transition to adulthood. Professionally, I work for a voluntary organisation in Hertfordshire - ADD-Vance - which offers training and support to professionals and parent carers on autism and ADHD. I am also networked with a number of autism-related parent carer organisations locally, including harc, our NAS Branch. Prior to this, I worked for UNICEF (UN Children's Fund) for over a decade in Africa, Asia and the UK in information/external relations/communications. I joined the NAS Council in 2004, acting as Senior Councillor from 2006 – 2012 when I sought election as a trustee (the Senior Councillor is constitutionally precluded from being a trustee). As a Trustee, I serve on the Services, Quality and Development Committee. I live in St Albans, Hertfordshire.
Professor John Dickinson acted as Vice Chairman of The National Autistic Society Board of Trustees between March 2010 and October 2011. He and his wife Christine are parents of a daughter with autism. John studied mathematics at the University of Cambridge. He then pursued research work in theoretical statistics at Leeds University before taking up a lectureship there in management science. His interest in finance and accounting took him to the University of Perth in Western Australia. He qualified as an accountant, returning to the UK after five years to take up Chairs in Accounting and Finance in Stirling and then Glasgow. As Chairman of Glasgow Business School, John travelled widely throughout Africa and the Far East, teaching, consulting, and presenting research findings at international conferences. His final post was as Principal of what is now the University of Winchester, a position he held for eight years. John first came into contact with the NAS through our Helpline, as he and his wife Christine sought a diagnosis for their younger daughter. John and Christine both became members of the charity and now have life membership, along with their daughter.
John was elected to the NAS Council in May 2000 and then joined the Board as a Trustee in May 2002. As Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Governance Committee, John led the national recruitment process for the charity’s new Chair in 2011. John has also served as an executive committee member and as General Secretary (from 2004 to 2010) of Autism Europe. As an invited member of the Department of Health’s Advisory Group he assisted with the formulation of the Autism Bill, and has been involved in the continued monitoring of the subsequent Act’s implementation. He was also a Trustee of Research Autism from its foundation in 2003, leaving its Board for health reasons earlier this year. At a local level he has chaired parent support groups and acted as a Trustee of Hampshire Autistic Society and charities serving carers.
On standing down from the NAS Board in October 2011, John was made a lifetime Vice President in recognition of his services to the charity. Since then he has remained closely involved with our current major governance review and the shaping of the proposals for constitutional change. He remains actively engaged with The National Autistic Society on a variety of fronts.
Mark Lever (NAS Chief Executive)
Mark joined us as CEO in March 2008. He chaired the Governments External Reference Group for development of the national strategy for adults with autism and sits on the Department of Health's Autism Programme Board and Social Care Reference Group.
Fleur Bothwick OBE (Vanguard)
Fleur joined Ernst & Young in 2007 and currently leads Diversity & Inclusive for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa – 70,000 people in 93 countries. This entails developing and driving D&I strategy through a broad stakeholder group focused on engagement, inclusive leadership and embedding D&I into how EY runs it business and thinks about its people. She was one of the parents that set up Project Vanguard, who then approached the NAS to win free school funding to open a secondary school for children on the spectrum in Lambeth. In the past she has held a number of trustees’ positions including co-chair of Working Families until March 2013.
Ms Lucia Scally (CLS)
Lucia is a senior manager in public health commissioning for Cheshire East Council. Her current focus is to establish the role of commissioning services that are the responsibility of public health as determined by the Health & Social Care Bill 2012. Her background is in local government and social care services for children, young people and adults. She has an MA in Community Care, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Commissioning for Population Mental Health and Wellbeing, as well as a social work qualification. Lucia will be working with others to establish and support the development of Church Lawton School and hopes that her work experience will prove helpful in this.
Ms Helen Roberts (TVS)
Helen has an expertise in financial policy and worked in HM treasury on public finance issues on a range of spending plans and policies including health, education and defence.
Register of trustees' interests (PDF)