Improving the Lives of Young Children with Autism

The Trustees

Giles Stanley:

Giles has been the MD of his own music management company since 2006. He has worked in the music business since the late 1980’s initially in various boutique management companies before a decade in the corporate sector at the BBC and as Managing Director of Universal’s foray into record producer management.

Giles developed a deeply personal and passionate interest in ABA stemming from the diagnosis of his sons autism. In the immediate aftermath of the diagnosis much time was spent with his wife Vicky searching for something that would bring hope of a better outcome than was being offered.

Hope started with the beginnings of the programme as well as a profound desire for all autistic children to have the same opportunities.

Kathryn Griffith:

Kathryn worked for 10 years in parliamentary and governmental affairs, gathering broad experience in practice across Whitehall and Westminster including policy development, legislative procedure and Private Office. A career break to focus on her young family followed.

It was during this break that she first entered the world of special educational needs when her second child was diagnosed with ASD and verbal apraxia. She has seen at first hand the immense impact that an individually-targeted therapeutic support package has had on the life of her son and indeed whole family and is keen now to lend her personal and professional skills to ensuring that more children and families are able to benefit from early intervention ABA techniques.

Neville Cotton:

Neville is a Compliance Director in the city law firm Addleshaw Goddard LLP where he leads a practice group providing regulatory advice to a range of financial services firms. Neville has also held senior roles in a number of firms, including Deloitte, one of the UK’s ‘Big 4′ accountancy practices.

Neville has over 16 years financial services experience and is an experienced charity sector Treasurer, having served with a Scout group over a number of years.

Neville is a passionate advocate of ABA and the attainment success through early intervention. As a father of three, including a child with additional needs, Neville has first hand experience of how the right support, delivered in the right way at the right time delivers the best outcomes.

Fiona Marsh:

Fiona had a career in Radio and Television, working for two commercial production companies reporting on sailing and water sports events worldwide. Later, she moved to the BBC working at 5live and then Factual Programming.

Fiona’s son was diagnosed with Autism and learning difficulties at the age of 3 and has since focused her time on getting ABA and other provision in place for him. Fiona has first hand experience of how difficult it is to find the right therapy and implement it into her son’s everyday life and education.

ABA has had such a positive impact on her son’s development and family life that she is keen to see all children with autism have the same opportunities as her son.

Julian Sykes:

Julian is Head of Sixth Form at Tormead School in Guildford, a leading Independent school and has 25 years experience of working with young people in education. Julian has a long standing interest in learning difficulties due to both family experience and witnessing the huge positive transformation an ABA programme has had on a close friend’s child. This has been further developed by observing the successful and deeply impressive work of The Playhouse Foundation and he is committed to enabling other children to have these opportunities.

At the Playhouse Foundation, our consultant is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, who provides ABA consultancy services and training to schools, preschools and families of individuals with autism and/or challenging behaviours.  She has more than ten years experience working with over 100 children with autism in home, school, pre-school and clinic environments.