Carol joined the Board of Directors in July 2019. She is also Chair of the Safeguarding Board.
Carol has worked with autistic people and their families for over 40 years, working in the voluntary and local authority sectors.
She started her career working for the City of Westminster, in a small specialist day service, then spent 12 years working for the Wirral Autistic Society, five years of which were spent establishing their training and development services. In 1996, she moved to Bromley Autistic Trust as Chief Executive where she developed their residential, day and supported living services and established a thriving family support service.
Carol joined The National Autistic Society (NAS) in 2001, and in 2010, she was appointed as the Director of the Centre for Autism with the aim of promoting innovation, excellence and understanding across the autism sector and to provide a hub for greater collaboration both UK wide and internationally. In 2020, Carol moved to working part time as Director of Autism Projects. She sits on the board of the Autism Education Trust and is the UK representative of Autism Europe.
Carol is a specialist member of the SEND First tier Tribunal. She has contributed to a number of publications and has trained and presented at conferences nationally and internationally. Carol has a particular interest in autism across the lifespan including old age, autism in women and girls, safeguarding, and the criminal justice system.