About us

AT-Autism came together because of a desire to deliver the best autism training and consultancy to partners in the UK and internationally. Our Directors and Associates have worked extensively in the autism and related fields, across a variety of contexts and within the public and charitable sectors.
We believe that to provide the best opportunities for individuals and families, training and support should only be given by highly experienced professionals. We also recognise that no one person will be able to provide the range and breadth of what is required. Therefore all of our work is carried out by an expert in the respective area identified and is overseen by an AT-Autism Director. When designing programmes for individuals and organisations we are led by the need to personalise the approach and by current evidence. Our experience means that we can respond swiftly and work in partnership with you to design workable and lasting solutions.
As a team we are experienced in working with partners where the cultural context means we have to make adjustments to the content and delivery of training. We enjoy working alongside our partners to develop measurable improvements in practice and wellbeing of people. Our collective experience is primarily in autism but our Directors and Associates are able to provide support in terms of neurodevelopmental conditions, mental health and behaviours that challenge. We also look to work with organisations in crisis or those wishing to devise and implement strategies for change.

The Team

Our Directors have worked extensively in the autism and related fields, across a variety of contexts and within the public and charitable sectors.

Dr Michael McCreadie

Dr Michael McCreadie

Director

Michael is an HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist. Michael’s clinical practice is primarily in Scotland where he consults in neuro-developmental conditions and he is also a clinician for Studio III clinical services. Michael is a specialist trainer in mindfulness, stress reduction techniques and challenging behaviour. Other appointments include: advisor to Young Scotland in Mind; Teaching Associate at the National Centre of Autism Studies, University of Strathclyde; Research Associate, Centre for Practice Innovation, Scottish Autism.
Jacky Towells

Jacky Towells

Director

Jacky is an experienced and accomplished professional with substantial experience in finance, organisational management and strategic planning in the care sector. She has held senior positions in specialist autism care services in the independent sector for over 14 years. Jacky is a founding director of AT-Autism and takes a leading role in the strategic, financial and operational management aspects of the company and in providing close support to the board and network of Associates.
Dr Simon Wallace

Dr Simon Wallace

Director

Simon has worked in the autism field since 1994. He has held research and honorary clinical positions at the Institute of Psychiatry in London and the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford. Since leaving academic research in 2008 Simon has worked in the UK and Europe within the charitable sector. Along with colleagues he wrote the European Commission’s DG-SANCO strategy on autism and built a network of nine government departments in south-east Europe who signed up to a working partnership on autism. His most recent position was as Research Director of UK medical research charity Autistica, where he wrote and implemented their five year research strategy. Simon joined AT-Autism in 2016 to develop their international activities, particularly around health services.
Linda Woodcock

Linda Woodcock

Director

Linda has many years experience of working with individuals with autism and their families. She previously managed advice and advocacy services and a family support service for a large regional charity. She has been instrumental in devising and delivering innovative person centred training courses for parents and families in understanding autism and behaviours that challenge. She also delivers this training to professionals within health, social care and education services, as well as the criminal justice system. In addition, Linda carries out assessments and service audit and reviews working both in the UK and internationally. She is the co author of the book ‘Managing Family Meltdown: The low arousal approach and autism’. Linda manages a person centred service for her adult son who has autism and severe and complex needs.
Chris Atkins

Chris Atkins

Director

Chris has worked with autism for over 30 years in a variety of specialist services and agencies. Since 2001, he has been the Executive Director at Stroud Court Community Trust, a specialised charity providing a range of services for people with autistic spectrum conditions. He also works as a tutor and visiting lecturer in autism for the Department of Inclusion and Special Needs at the University of Birmingham. Prior to this, Chris worked for several years with the National Autistic Society as Group Manager, Adult Services Manager and Head of Projects and Developments. He is the lead Learning Disability representative for the Gloucestershire Care Providers Association and is a founder member of the Gloucestershire Joint Learning Disability Commissioning Team Challenging Behaviour Strategy Working Group. Chris has many years experience in operational leadership and management and strategic development in human services and has a particular interest in cultural and values-based organisational change.
Richard Mills

Richard Mills

Special Advisor

Richard is Research Director of Research Autism, Hon. Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath and Senior Research Fellow, CASD, Bond University Australia. Until 2013 he was Director of Research for the National Autistic Society and before that he was their Director of Services, responsible for all schools and adult services. Richard’s expertise and interest is in challenging behaviour, forensic aspects of autism, autism in women and girls, programme evaluation and service design, as well as management coaching and mentoring. Richard was a member of the Guideline Development Groups for both the NICE guidance on Autism in Adults and Challenging Behaviour. Richard has authored numerous scientific papers, book chapters and articles on autism and related topics. He is an editor for the journals Autism,the international Journal of Research and Practice and Advances in Autism.
Joe Powell

Joe Powell

Advisor

Joe Powell was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at the age of twenty in 1996. This followed many years of mental health problems, including depression and anxiety and he was non-verbal for many years.

After eleven years of living in the social care system, Joe made a lot of progress and fought to leave to live as an independent member of the community. Joe spent many years speaking about his experience of living on the autism spectrum and promoting the benefits of personalised budgets and employing a mentor.

In October 2012 Joe was appointed as the National Director of All Wales People First, a national umbrella body of self-advocacy groups across Wales. Joe is passionate about equal rights for autistic people and people with learning disabilities.

Associates

AT-Autism is proud to work with some of the leading figures in autism and neurodevelopmental conditions. Our Associates range from specialist architects who can design autism-friendly buildings to some of the leading practitioners in health, education and social services. Our Associates have worked in senior positions within the public and charitable sectors and come with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Once a client contacts AT-Autism and we have a greater understanding of their particular needs, the Directors work with Associates to provide a tailored programme of work. One of the AT-Autism Directors will oversee the programme and is there to guarantee consistent lines of communication and to keep track on progress.

We guarantee that all the work we conduct is of the highest quality.

Expert Consultants

All of our consultants are experts in their respective fields. They are committed to the values and principles of AT-Autism and the highest standards of professional practice. Consultants are listed in alphabetical name order. Synergy Trainers marked with (S).

A number of specialists are approved to undertake diagnosis and assessment including court work. All associates are available for public speaking, special projects and training subject to specification. Special projects include one-off bespoke assignments that might involve multiple aspects or more than one of the AT-Autism team working together or with the commissioning body

Dr Jacqui Ashton-Smith
Education. Children and adults.
UK and International

Chris Atkins (S)
Education: Social work and social care: Director AT-Autism. Children and adults.
UK and International

Professor Vicki Bitsika
Psychology: Education. Children and adults.
Australia and SE Asia

Kabie Brook
Advocacy and Self-Advocacy.
UK and International

Peter Byrne
Social work. Health.
Ireland and International

Dr Peter Carpenter
Psychiatry. Children and adults.
UK and Europe

Marion Cornick
Education. Children.
UK

Dr Juli Crocombe
Psychiatry. Children and adults.
UK and Europe

Helen Ellis
Advocacy and self-advocacy. Children and adults.
UK and Europe

Dr Judith Gould
Psychology. Children and adults.
UK and International

Professor Patricia Howlin
Psychology. Children and adults.
UK and International

Marie-Louise Hughes
Psychology: Education. Children.
Northern Ireland and Europe

Simon Humphreys
Architecture. Schools and adults.
UK and International

Dr Jacqui Jackson
Psychology: Advocacy and self-advocacy. Children and adults.
UK and Europe

Dr Glennis Jones
Education: Psychology. Children and adults.

Katerina Laskaridou
Psychology: Education. Children.
Greece and Europe

Mary Maher
Psychology. Children and adults.
Ireland and International

Professor Nicola Martin
Psychology: Education. Children and adults.
UK and International

Professor Andy McDonnell
Psychology. Children and adults.
UK and International

Dr Iain McClure
Psychiatry. Adults.
UK and Europe

Dr Michael McCreadie (S)
Psychology: Education: Director AT-Autism. Children and adults.
UK and International

Professor Tommy MacKay
Psychology: Education. Children and adults.
UK and Europe

Professor Gary Mesibov
Psychology: Education. Adolescents and adults.
USA and Canada; Europe and SE Asia

Dr Rita Micalef
Speech and Language Therapy. Children and adults.
Malta and Europe

Professor Richard Mills (S)
Psychology: Social Work. Children and adults.
UK and International

Dr Damian Milton
Psychology: Sociology. Adults.
UK and International

Dr David Murphy
Psychology. Adults.
UK and Europe

Professor Glynis Murphy
Psychology. Adults.
UK and Europe

Dr Lena Nylander
Psychiatry. Children and adults.
Sweden and Europe

Nicki Paine
Occupational Therapy. Children and adults.
UK and Europe

Dr Helen Pearce
Psychiatry. Adults.
UK and Europe

Joe Powell
Advocacy and self-advocacy. Adults.
UK and Europe

Dr Anna Robinson
Psychology: Education. Children and adults.
UK and Europe

Professor Stephen Shore
Education: Advocacy and self-advocacy. Children and adults.
USA and International

Dr Vicki Slonims
Speech and Language Therapy. Children and adults.
UK and Europe

Dr Brian Smith
Music Therapy.
UK and International

Dr Sue Smith
Speech and Language Therapy. Adults.
UK and Europe

Dr Ekkehart Stauffenburg
Psychiatry. Adults.
UK and Europe

Zandrea Stewart
Social Work. Children and adults.
UK and Europe

Professor Digby Tantam
Psychiatry. Adults.
UK and Europe

Professor Tokio Uchiyama
Psychiatry. Adults.
Japan & SE Asia; International

Dr Peter Vermeulen
Psychology: Education. Adults.
Belgium and International

Dr Simon Wallace (S)
Psychology: Education: Director AT-Autism. Children and adults.
UK and International

Marie Wallace
Education. Children.
UK and International

Dr Mark Wetherell
Psychology: Health. Children and adults.
UK and International

Linda Woodcock (S)
Social work: Family work: Director AT-Autism. Children and adults.
UK and International

Clients

AT-Autism has worked with a range of partners, from individuals through to organisations, both in the UK and internationally.
Below is a list of our current and previous clients.

Abdullatif Al Forzan Autism Centre, Dammam, Saudi Arabia,

Bailliwick of Guernsey,

Guernsey Autism Partnership,

Royal Courts Jersey

If you have any further questions or queries regarding our services please get in touch.

  "The participants spoke very highly of the workshop and I enjoyed myself immensely. It is a really interesting, sustainable and empowering concept. The presentation was super, one never knows enough! Thank you Richard and Michael"  
Dr Rita Micalef, Inspire Foundation, Government of Malta and University of Malta.  
    "Synergy works because it looks to create the optimum physical, sensory, communication and social environment for the child rather than focusing solely on changing the child’s behaviour."  
Laskaridis Foundation, Greece.    
    "Within 6 months of working with AT-Autism we had taken a fresh look at our operations, had appointed a new CEO, had achieved financial stability and our operational activity had returned to surplus."
Autism Jersey    
    "I am not only indebted to the AT-Autism team for the skills and knowledge they taught us but for their profoundly humane and supportive approach."
Katerina Laskaridou    
    "If you want the right experts in autism then go to AT-Autism. Efficient, knowledgeable and professional’"
Kaim Todner Solicitors