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Who We Are

Autism Bucks was founded in 2018 by a small group of like-minded people passionate about Autism. In 2019 Autism Bucks gained charity status and as such operates within its constitution and in line with the guidelines and regulations set out by the Charity Commission.Autism Bucks is led by a board of trustees and its work supported by a team of volunteers. Its membership is made up of autistic adults, carers and family members and professionals with an interest in autism.

The Autism Bucks Trustees are:

Zita Calkin (Chair)

I have worked in learning disabilities, autism and mental health for over 25 years, both in statutory services and the voluntary sector. I have extensive experience in commissioning and developing services as well as many years setting up and delivering services across Buckinghamshire. I currently work for NHS England South East Regional learning disability and autism team and in addition as a coach and mentor to leaders across health and social care.

I believe I bring the expertise and skills to the charity needed in its formative years.

Martin Hollett (Treasurer)

I became a trustee of Autism Bucks early in 2018 after taking early retirement and have since been involved in governance documentation and procedures, fundraising and grant applications, website administration and communications. I have been the Treasurer since January 2020 and I am enjoying the challenges of this new role.  Prior to joining Autism Bucks I worked in IT, more recently in service governance and business management processes. I also continue to be involved in a variety of community organisations with an emphasis on event and risk management, and charitable fundraising activities.

Paulette Hunn Med(autism), BSc (Health & Social Care) (operational)

I have worked within health and social for over 30 years, in a range of environments such as residential care, supported living, day care and the community.  In this time, I have worked with autistic adults for 20 years. I am passionate about raising awareness of autism and learning from autistic adults about their condition, as I believe you can never be an expert on autism. I’m a fun loving, compassionate person and I enjoy giving my time and energy to help autistic adults.

Sue Keating

Before retiring in 2018, I worked for Bucks County Council in the Adult Social Care Training & Development Team as Training Co-ordinator for over 10 years. I have seen how important it is to inform and engage with communities to raise the awareness of autism to enable us all to live in harmony. I am honoured to be able to offer my administrative skills to a wonderful charity such as Autism Bucks.

Paula Strawbridge

I am a Registered Learning Disability Nurse and have worked in the Community in Buckinghamshire for over 30 years.

Since semi-retirement I have continued to work with the Community Learning Disability Team and as a Clinical Expert for Care and Treatment Reviews for autistic people and people with learning disabilities that are in hospital environments. I am passionate about supporting people to ensure they are able to access the best and most appropriate support in their communities.

Pippa Richardson

I am a registered Learning Disability Nurse and spent the early parts of my career working in residential services supporting people with learning disabilities. I have worked as a lecturer in health and social care in Further and Higher education and have a real passion for education; I am currently studying further for a Master’s in Education – Autism (Adults).

Partners and sponsors

Autism Bucks are proud to work in partnership and with support from the following organisations

Bucks MIND
Community Impact Bucks
National Autism Society (Aylesbury)
National Paralympic Heritage Trust
The Buckinghamshire County Museum (Aylesbury)
 Autism Bucks are equally grateful to the following for their support and sponsorship
Buckinghamshire County Council Community Prevention Fund
Heart of Bucks