Empowering People, Launching lives

Senior Management Team

The day to day running of the charity is delegated by the Board of Trustees to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who is supported by the Senior Management Team in the delivery of our 5 year strategy.

Tracie Linehan – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Tracie has a wealth of leadership and management experience within the field of special educational needs and disability; having experience of both charity and education, she worked for Scope for over 20 years, where she held two headships and ultimately rose to the position of Regional Director for the South of England. More recently Tracie has been Executive Head of the Autism Schools Trust where she led on setting up and developing a Free School. Tracie has experience of developing early year’s provision, establishing outreach and training services, providing strategic leadership to schools and developing Post 19 and adult services.

Allyn Zulver – Finance Director

Allyn joined BeyondAutism in 2014, undertaking the management and financial accounting for the whole organisation. Allyn has over 30 years’ experience in finance and accounting. Her career began at Touche Ross (now Deloitte) and her past roles have included auditing, tax and research. Allyn spent 10 years of her career teaching including 2 years teaching for the ICAEW exams.

Lucy Christie – Head of Marketing and Engagement

Lucy joined BeyondAutism in 2011 as PA to the CEO and Fundraising Administrator, having previously completed internship programmes at Save the Children and Cancer Research UK. When she joined the team there were just 31 full time staff, and 21 pupils at the school. Since then she has seen the organisation grow into the multi-service charity it is today, and her role has evolved to be marketing focused. Having been involved from the beginning in developing and establishing the BeyondAutism brand and identity, Lucy is passionate about communicating the impact of our services and raising the profile of BeyondAutism. She strives to lead the organisation in engaging our stakeholders effectively; raising their awareness of our work, values and expertise.

Leanna Maggs – Head of External Relationships

Leanna has worked in marketing and communications across a number of different areas since graduating from university in 2004. She spent 7 years working at advertising agencies including Saatchi and Saatchi Health, where she gained knowledge in how to approach marketing in a heavily regulated industry. This has subsequently supported the work she does within the charity and education sectors.

After a short-term contract at Save the Children within their events team, Leanna spent the next 5 years in marketing and business development for an advertising, publishing and events company within the pharmaceutical industry before joining the team at BeyondAutism. She wanted to bring the skills and expertise gained in other areas to an organisation that is focused on making a real difference to the lives of children and young adults with autism.

Mike Calver – Head of Donor Engagement

Mike joined BeyondAutism with over 25 years of management experience in the Third Sector. Much of his early career was spent working in the field of mental health and with people who have multiple and complex physical disabilities. He has led a number of charities through significant growth as CEO, and been a Trustee/Director of various voluntary sector organisations. For the last five years, Mike has worked as a freelance consultant providing business and strategic planning, income generation, risk management and governance, across a range of organisations. Prior to returning to the UK in 1988 he worked as a counsellor in the Australian Prison Service, preparing inmates for release on licence. He holds a Master’s Degree in Disability Management in work and rehabilitation. Mike is delighted to be working for BeyondAutism and sees the charity as well positioned for voluntary income growth and development.

Jon Ascot – Head of Tram House School (Yr9 – 6th Form)

Jon is a dynamic leader with a clear philosophy for excellent educational experiences for children with a range of complex needs, including Autism. His experience and expertise of special needs education is extensive and based on research, ranging from complex Autism to trauma and attachment-related disorders and he strives for innovative and creative ways to support children in their learning. He has a significant range of successful school leadership experience in special schools and has been a Headteacher for 6 years as well as an Education Consultant through his own education consultancy business, effectively supporting schools and local authorities. Jon is very proud to be working for BeyondAutism and is excited to be a part of the organisation’s journey.

Kieran Bird – Head of Park House School (R – Yr8)

Kieran joined the school in 2016. He has extensive teaching experience and has worked across both mainstream and specialist education, specialising in understanding behaviour and communication. Kieran’s passion lies within SEN and lifelong learning. His ambition for all pupils is for them to reach their potential and develop the skills necessary to function happily in society. Kieran promotes learning through exploration and discovery, and he believes in the importance of relevant and personalised target setting in ensuring all learners progress.

David Anthony – Head of Post-19

David joined BeyondAutism in 2015 as Head of Sixth Form and Upper School. In 2018, David became the Head of Post-19 and is now leading and managing a service focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for our adult learners. David was initially involved in the pilot scheme of this service and is excited to be leading its development. David’s previous experience has always been with pupils who have special educational needs, in mainstream secondary schools, special independent schools and further educational colleges. He is an experienced senior leader who is passionate about pupils becoming active citizens in their local communities and being taught the skills to have choice and control over their lives.

Bernadett Rankasz – Head of Early Years

Since graduating as a Teacher of Health Sciences, Bernadett has been passionate about teaching children with special needs. She gained significant experience teaching in a wide range of educational settings, including mainstream primary and secondary schools, special schools and ASD units, becoming an outstanding teacher across all year groups. Most recently, she has been a Head of Primary Phase in a free special school for children with autism in south west London, moving a brand new school forward from the very first day.

Bernadett firmly believes that every child holds an innate potential to rise above their circumstances and succeed beyond expectation in life with the presence of empathy, equal opportunity and a supportive and competent multidisciplinary team. As Head of Early Years, working with professionals in many mainstream and special schools, Bernadett now feels privileged to have the opportunity to witness even more children and young people with autism pursue growth and happiness in their educational setting and throughout life.


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