Empowering People, Launching lives
BeyondAutism is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of individuals who contribute a wide range of expertise and experience to the charity. The Board meet four times a year and are responsible for strategic development and ensuring the smooth running of the charity.
Karen Sorab OBE – Chair of Trustees
Karen Sorab is the mother of a child with autism called Alex. Before her daughter’s 3rd birthday Karen was told that Alex would probably never learn to communicate. Karen refused to accept that prognosis and having carried out extensive research began educating her daughter at home using a specialist teaching technique called Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). Alex’s progress was startling and exciting but it was also clear to Karen that Alex would need to continue with her specialist educational programme in a school setting. As there was no suitable school locally Karen collaborated with local parents who also had children with autism and who shared a common need for specialist education for their children. Karen set up the first school as a registered charity in 2000. From its inception Karen drove the growth of the school and the charity and transformed it from a small classroom for 3 pupils into the successful and highly regarded educational charity that it is today. Karen worked unpaid as the Chief Executive of BeyondAutism until September 2015 and now sits as Chair of Trustees. Karen was awarded The Badge of the Order of Mercy in 2007 by The League of Mercy, she was made a Paul Harris Fellow by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in 2009 and she was awarded a Point of Light by the Prime Minister in 2015. In 2018 Karen was awarded an honorary OBE for services to education. Karen is also a member of the Network of Women Chairs and a member of the Women of the Year Alumnae Club. Alex is living in London and studying horticulture at an Independent College.
Jo Boait – Vice Chair
Jo Boait joined BeyondAutism as a Trustee at the beginning of 2014. Jo Boait is Chief of Staff at Kleinwort Benson, an international merchant banking group. Jo has been at Kleinwort Benson for more years than she would like to remember and has had a varied career within the bank. She has acquired a range of knowledge and expertise, most recently in corporate governance and transformational change programmes. Jo has been Company Secretary at Kleinwort Benson since 2002 and is also a director of a number of the subsidiary companies within the Kleinwort Benson group.
Jo was previously a non-executive director of a not-for profit company, the Mid-Hants Railway Limited, which manages the ‘Watercress Line’, a steam railway in Hampshire. Jo is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and has an MBA from Cass University.
Andy Lusk retired in 2013 from his position as Director of Autism Services at Ambitious about Autism, having worked for Scope as Education Director, Children’s Services Director and Executive Director before that. He has worked in adult psychiatry, learning disability services, adoption and fostering, wider children’s services, as a Head of School, as a lecturer, in SEND and the Courts since qualifying in 1975. Now he practices through his consulting company, most of which involves advising organisations on services development, safeguarding and SEND. He joined the BeyondAutism Board in April 2015.
Maeve Bromwich joined BeyondAutism as a Trustee in February 2018 with a background in Law. Having qualified as a solicitor in 1986, Maeve joined Ashurst. She specialised in Commercial Litigation, with particular emphasis in financial services. Maeve left Ashurst in 1997 and joined the private client arm of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Here she was responsible for all legal and compliance matters at a number of Merrill’s offices in Europe and London, also having responsibility for litigation matters throughout the Bank.
In 2007 Maeve gave up full time work to look after her 3 young children now aged 19, 20 and 22.
Maeve became a magistrate with the London Central bench in 2008 and sits on a regular basis in the Magistrates Courts and on appeals in the Crown Court.
Rozelyn Bristowe joined BeyondAutism as a Trustee in January 2018. She worked for a leading UK fundraising consultancy for seven years before working freelance in the health, legal and university sectors. Prior to this she worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, the National Film and Television School and Durham University in major gift and trust and foundation fundraising. Roz is a certified member of and mentor for the UK Institute of Fundraising.
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