Meet The Team


Charity Founder & Director

Karen founded the charity in 2010 following the success of a parent support group she started when her youngest son received his autism diagnosis. Since then, Karen has been the driving force behind the charity whilst still maintaining the personal, family-like feeling which our AP families know and love. Karen has extensive knowledge of autism and related conditions, both professionally and personally, and is currently training to be a sleep practitioner.


Operations Manager

As Operations Manager, Donna is responsible for the day-to-day running of the charity, and is Karen’s right hand woman. Since joining in 2013, Donna has piloted many innovative changes, and has positively influenced the number of charity partners we have, particularly with regards to family fun sessions. An experienced fundraiser, she has ‘the gift of the gab’ and continues to pull the charity from strength to strength.


PA to Karen & Donna and Volunteer Supervisor (Voluntary)

Claire joined the team in 2015, and since then has grown in confidence and strength both professionally and personally. Claire is responsible for ensuring all new AP family requests are responded to promptly, booking family support sessions, organising the location of all workshops and clinics, and is also a peer support worker. With a huge amount of compassion and empathy, Claire is the perfect person to respond to new members, and does so in a sympathetic and discreet manner.


Fundraising & Community (Voluntary)

Rachel is responsible for fundraising and community events. Her specialties include our eBay selling page, Facebook selling page, and arranging the installation of  charity sweet machines and collection pots.



Kathryn is our office administrator, responsible for banking, funding applications, and team administrative support.

This could be YOU!

Fundraising and Community (Voluntary)

We are looking for volunteers to help raise funds for our charity. If you’d like to get involved please email


Digital Media, Content Writing and Editing (Voluntary)

Kat is responsible for all things digital, from web design and content to our social media campaigns. Kat also runs our blog and is both our staff writer, and editor for guest pieces.