I have 2 children and live in Bristol with my husband and our puppy cockapoo Rosie.
I found out about The Curly Hair Project in July 2017 when my eldest child was diagnosed with ASD at the age of 11. As we finished with the consultation the paediatrician gave me lots of links to useful websites and talked about CHP in particular as a resource to support my daughter. It was a great piece of advice! I made it my mission to become as knowledgeable as possible about Autism to help my family and me cope with what was, at that time, a very different future.
I have had a varied career working in many different organisations and roles and after an exciting 16 year career in law enforcement. I have experience in line management, project and change management, recruitment, training and much much more.
I spend a lot of time facilitating groups and workshops and have been a trainer and lecturer in a variety of subjects helping make sense complex topics. I also spent a number of years as an early years drama and interactive storytelling practitioner, which was a great way of helping children make sense of the world and helping with communication skills (although I spent far too much time dressed as a fairy in one job).
I have also worked with professionals as a lecturer in Further Education and as a safeguarding governor. All this, coupled with content written by Alis as an autistic adult makes a great mix for my training events – I also make it fun!
I am a parent of two autistic children and a parent who has successfully navigated the EHCP process. I feel I can give an insight into real life experience of living with ASD.
I am now passionate about raising awareness about autism in the workplace and also on a personal level understanding gender identify and autism.
I absolutely love working with Alis and The Curly Hair Project and am looking forward to running conferences and training in 2020 across Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire & Gloucestershire.