Staff & Trustees

Our Staff



Gita Lobo  – Chief Executive Officer

Gita manages service development, partnerships, fundraising, volunteering, media requests, and management. Gita works full-time and leads local and national consultation and strategy. 07929 379125    Email Gita

Judith Payne – Administrator

Judith provides a friendly welcome. She answers general enquiries, assists with Referral Forms and bookings, and manages our mailings. Judith works part-time and is available Monday – Wednesday 09:00 – 5:00pm
01235 754700    Email Judith


Becky Loveless – Family Support Team Leader  

Becky leads our Family Support Team. She develops our services and partnerships and offers consultancy and training. 07929 379124    Email Becky
Claire Glasgow – Family Practitioner
Claire provides autism-specific advice, information and support to parents by offering Q&A sessions, booked appointments, on line or by telephone.

Youth Groups

Rachel Newsham – Youth Group Coordinator (Saturday Youth Group)

Rachel runs our youth group for 8-12-year-olds. Rachel has a wealth of experience supporting children on the autism spectrum, with particular experience working in schools and supporting children in leisure activities.

Grace Ballinger – Youth Group Coordinator (Friday Youth Group)

Grace runs our well-established and fun, youth group for teenagers. Grace has worked in several of our youth groups, loves youth work, and has experience of supporting autistic children in school.

Emma Diffey – Youth Group Coordinator (Wednesday Youth Group)

Emma runs our youth group for 16-21 year olds. Emma first joined us as a volunteer and now enjoys youth work with autistic young people of all ages. Emma also has experience of organizing community events and brings a creative flair to her work. Emma has lived experience as a parent to an autistic child.

Bob Maycock – Youth Support Worker

Bob supports young people in our Friday evening youth group. He also has experience of running mainstream after-school clubs and holiday clubs. Bob has lived experience of autism as a parent of an adult on the autism spectrum.

Keeley Nichol – Youth Support Worker

Keeley supports young people at our Saturday morning group for 8-12 year olds. Outside of her work with AFSO Keeley’s full time job is within children’s mental health which includes supporting autistic young people and their parents.

VACANCY – Youth Support Worker

Supporting young people at our youth group for 16-21 yr olds.

Summer & Easter Staff

We have a team of staff who support young people during our Summer and Easter Activities. All staff are experienced in working with children on the autism spectrum as well as having lots of enthusiasm and a sense of fun!


Office Volunteers

Our office admin is carried out by a team of fabulous volunteers who dedicate their time in the office, helping with events, and sometimes working from home – we would be lost without them!

Our  Trustees


Chair and Treasurer    Paul Rennard  

Vice Chair         Katy Hill 

Secretary          Nick Keene 

Trustee              Richard Brooks

Trustee              Sue Sweeney

Trustee              Hayley Ryder 

Trustee               Helen Toone