Tony Attwood

Dr Wenn Lawson

Kay Al-Ghani

Dr Khalid Karim

Sarah Baines

Lucy Sanctuary

Annelies Spek

Photo: Professor Tony AttwoddTony is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism spectrum disorders since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975. He currently works in his own private practice, and is also adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland and senior consultant at the Minds and Hearts clinic in Brisbane. His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 360,000 copies and has been translated into 22 languages. His subsequent book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, published in October 2006 has sold over 216,000 copies and has been translated into 18 languages, and is one of the primary textbooks on Asperger’s syndrome. He has several subsequent books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Future Horizons Inc. and Guilford Press.

Tony has been invited to be a keynote speaker at many Australasian and International Conferences. He presents workshops and runs training courses for parents, professionals and individuals with Asperger's syndrome all over the world and is a prolific author of scientific papers and books on the subject. 

He has worked with many thousands of individuals of all ages with Asperger's syndrome or an autism spectrum disorder.


Psychologist, lecturer and author, Dr Wenn Lawson has run his own business for 22 years. At two years old, he was misdiagnosed as intellectually disabled, at school of being incapable of doing as he was told. At 17 years old, he was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia, and spent time in and out of mental health institutions. Eventually, at the age of 42, he was diagnosed with autism, ADHD, dyspraxia and learning difficulties. 

Dr Wenn is passionate about the rights of those who so often cannot speak for themselves. He is the parent of four children (youngest son is autistic), and a grand-parent to three (including two gorgeous little girls, both on the autism spectrum). 

Dr Wenn is currently a Teaching Fellow at Birmingham University's online Master's degree in autism. He serves on the Autism Open Access board, the board for SEAL (a community college in Warrnambool, Australia) and the ICAN board in south-west Australia. He is a participant and adviser for Autism CRC, Australia and he has written numerous books (and papers) on autism. Find out more about Wenn.


Kay Al-Ghani is an international author, university lecturer, specialist advisory teacher, inclusion consultant and autism trainer, with over 40 years of experience in education. Kay writes with her son Haitham, who is autistic and is an accomplished illustrator. Together they enjoy a unique creative partnership.

As well as her many books on autism, including the best seller The Red Beast, Kay is the author of therapeutic picture books, which are published in the United States and illustrated by her son. 

Kay is a sought-after and charismatic public speaker who has presented workshops on a variety of autism-related topics including challenging behaviour, thinking skills, social and friendship skills and emotional regulation.


Dr Khalid KarimDr Khalid Karim is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for Leicestershire NHS Partnership Trust, and Senior Teaching Fellow for the University of Leicester.

Khalid is the lead on ASD at Leicestershire Partnership Trust and works clinically with children with the condition. He has published a number of research articles including a book for parents and professionals on autism and mental health with Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Khalid has a general research interest in child mental health, particularly ASD, and projects have ranged from examining clinicians experiences of services, the assessment process in CAMHS and currently developing self-help material for families of children with ASD in different languages.


Sarah BainesSarah is an ASD lead nurse specialist and non- medical prescriber, working within Leicestershire within FYPC, which covers paediatric and CAMHS services.

We are developing a team of neuro-developmental nurses to focus on ASD and ADHD in children and offer psycho-education, medication reviews and treatment and specific interventions for anxiety, behaviour, and sleep (to name a few). Sarah has been qualified as a Learning disability nurse since 2001, and she has since done further training in Autism, sleep and behaviour.


Lucy SanctuaryLucy is a paediatric speech and language therapist specialising in ASC. She works as a Highly Specialist speech & language therapist for Kent Community Health NHS Trust for them three days a week in Dartford (Darrent Valley Hospital).

Lucy does the ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) for all age ranges and she is about to start doing the ADOS with CAMHS. Lucy works a day a week for a cluster of schools in East Sussex and does a lot of ASC work with them.

They are running many social communication groups in Years 5 and 6 to help children manage social interactions at secondary school. The groups will run for 1 to 2 years. Lucy is doing a Masters in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for children and Young people specialising in ASC at The Anna Freud Centre/UCL. She is in her first year.

Lucy has a private caseload, which is 98% ASC! She only works privately a day and a half a week. Her website is Lucy has a daughter on the Autism Continuum and through her diagnosis she has come to realise that she has other family members who are also on the spectrum.

Lucy SanctuaryAnnelies Spek, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and head of the Autism Expertise Center in the Netherlands. She is on the board of ‘Zorgstandaard Autisme’ (National Autism Standard for Health Organizations).

Annelies is specialized in the assessment and treatment of ASD and does expert assessments (second opinions). Her focus of interest is currently on mindfulness and autism, and on eating disorders and ASD.