Empowering People, Launching lives


BeyondAutism is governed by a Board of Trustees 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.

Professor David Croisdale-Appleby OBE – Chair of Trustees

Professor David Croisdale-Appleby is a leading expert on health and social care, whose passionate commitment to transforming the life chances of oppressed, vulnerable and disadvantaged people has been hugely influential in shaping social policy, nationally and internationally. His work currently focuses on how best to redress the physical and mental health deficits in our population and reduce the growing health inequalities amongst sections of society.

Throughout his life, David has led many public sector organisations in medicine, health and social care, social work, forensic science, and criminal and civil justice: the work of a true polymath. He wrote an independent review of social work education which was hugely welcomed by the profession, and created a programme of public lectures on the new Integrated Care Systems on which our future health service will be based: both commissioned by the government.

Currently, David chairs the Royal College of Physicians, the world’s leading Medical Royal College with membership from more than 100 countries; Dementia UK; the Clinical, Public Health and Social Care Advisory Committees which create National Guidelines at NICE; and serves many other national and international organisations.

Rozelyn Bristowe

Rozelyn Bristowe joined BeyondAutism as a Trustee in January 2018. She worked for a leading 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.

Donna Fidler

Donna is a former Director of Step by Step School, a specialist provision for pupils aged 4-19 using ABA. She was responsible for the overall leadership, management and strategic planning of the school from the time it opened in 2004 until she retired in August 2018.

She was also directly accountable to the Trustees of the Charity (Step by Step School Ltd) and worked with them to ensure the goals of the Charity were met and the financial viability of the School was maintained.

Donna is committed to supporting children with special needs and their families. She joined the BeyondAutism Board of Trustees in January 2019.

Angus Johnston

Angus joined as a Trustee in February 2019 and will bring specific financial experience to the Board. He is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London specialising in tax, transaction services and real estate. He qualified as an accountant in Sydney, Australia before moving to the UK in 1990. Angus been with PricewaterhouseCoopers throughout undertaking a variety of management and client service roles. Angus has had previous charitable experience having acted as Honorary Treasurer for the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Trust, an educational charity funding post graduate study in the UK.

Victoria Federico

Victoria Federico joined BeyondAutism as a Trustee in October 2019.  She is a Senior Associate at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, specialising in special educational needs law.  Victoria has specialised in this area of law since 2008.

She has also worked at Ambitious about Autism charity where she led their information and family support service.

Victoria is regularly invited to speak at conferences and to deliver workshops/seminars on special educational needs law issues, including for parent groups, charities, independent schools and colleges and parent carer forums.

Rosemary Baylis-West

Rosemary joined the board in April 2021. She is a Partner at Perrett Laver, the leading international executive search firm working with mission-driven sectors worldwide. A specialist in Board, CEO, Headteacher, and senior leadership appointments for schools, school groups and Multi-Academy Trusts, Rosemary works broadly across the UK academy and independent sectors, including in special education.

Amran Hussain

Amran has extensive senior executive and non-executive board level leadership experience within complex organisations in the political, education and healthcare sector. He is an experienced healthcare director having worked in most types of NHS organisations providing high level and board level strategic and operational support to design, deliver and manage high standard patient-centred care. During this time he was committed to providing care which is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical commissioning decisions.

Amran also holds several commitments in the third sector as well as governmental and non-governmental bodies, mostly aligned to the justice system, the education and healthcare sector. Amran’s academic background is in medical sciences, healthcare management and politics. He studied at world leading institutions which include Harvard, Oxford, Durham, Mumbai, East China, London, Drexel and a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. Amran’s interests and hobbies include swimming, countryside pursuits and all things classical. He joined the board in April 2021.

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