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 Coultas-Pitman (nee Linehan) – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Tracie has a wealth of leadership and management experience within the field of special educational needs and disability; 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 was Executive Head of the Autism Schools Trust where she led on setting up 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. She 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.

Ian Hunter – HR Director

Ian has worked in the education sector for the last ten years and when not at BeyondAutism helps run a mainstream multi-academy trust. Prior to moving into education, Ian spent 25 years working for organisations such as BP, Pepsi, PWC and AT Kearney. Ian particularly enjoys working with educationalists to help improve organisation efficiency and service. He is passionate about the value that HR can bring and how to achieve the best possible engagement with staff. Ian was previously Chair of Governors at BeyondAutism where he took the lead in overseeing safeguarding. Ian is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Mike Calver – Director of Fundraising and Development

Mike joined BeyondAutism in 2018 with over 25 years of management experience in the Third Sector. 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 charities through significant growth as CEO, and been a Trustee/Director of various voluntary sector organisations. Mike previously 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 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 sees the charity as well positioned for continued voluntary income growth and development.

Lucy Christie – Head of Marketing and Engagement

Lucy joined BeyondAutism in 2011 as PA to the CEO and Fundraising Administrator. Prior to this Lucy had 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. Here 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.

Andy Swartfigure – Director of Services

Andy has worked in the field of behaviour analysis for over 20 years. His experience is predominantly in education, although recently he has been able to practice and consult in other fields such as the NHS and business management. He has also made contributions to research groups as well as working internationally and building networks as a strategic partner. Here he focused on developing models of education delivery and management capacity both in education and other organisations that rely on human behaviour to be effective. Andy is committed to the dissemination and progression of the science both in terms of research contribution and crucially in terms of accessibility.

Kieran Bird – Executive Head of BeyondAutism Schools

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 develop the skills necessary to function happily in society. Kieran promotes learning through exploration and discovery, and believes in the importance of personalised target setting in ensuring learner progress.

David Anthony – Head of Research and Learning

David has worked within the field of special educational needs since 2005 and joined BeyondAutism in 2015. Since then, he has worked in leadership roles in our Schools, Sixth Form and Post-19 service. He has studied at a range of institutions including the Institute of Education; The Central School of Speech & Drama; University of the Arts London; and is continuing his postgraduate studies at Queen’s University Belfast. David has experience of working within a range of schools and services, including primary, secondary, and adult provision. David is passionate about all learners having access to an education that ensures they develop the skills and knowledge to become active citizens in their communities whilst having choice and control over their own lives. With the right support and opportunity, David believes all learners can reach their individual aspirations and outcomes.

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, Bernadett was Head of Primary Phase in a free special school for children with autism.

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.

Elizabeth Robinson – Head of Post-19

Liza has extensive knowledge of post 16 teaching and leadership experience within the field of autism and SEN over the last 18 years. She has completed studies in Education, Social Care and in the process of completing an MBA. With her strategic leadership, she has set up the DFN Project SEARCH Supported Internship at Queen Mary University of London. A project for young adults with autism to successfully gain full-time paid employment. Liza has also established a Specialist College in Tower Hamlets, to provide Specialist Education for adults. She is committed to seeing young adults reach their full potential and live in an inclusive society.

James Smith – Head of Facilities

James joined the team at the beginning of 2022. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked in a facilities management capacity within the education sector for the past five years. Prior to joining BeyondAutism, James worked for a multi-site academy Trust. Here he overlooked the Trust’s 15 schools (3 secondary schools and 12 feeder primary schools). He has project managed and delivered several CAPITAL projects along with a range of life cycle works. James finds working in education and helping shape children’s futures a rewarding challenge.

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