The Autism Research Trust are proud to welcome five new trustees to the team: Dr Ian Hall, Anna Lewy, Deborah Loveluck, Iain Pocock and Lisa Binks. These trustees have an assorted range of careers and backgrounds, but all of them have a keen interest in autism.

Dr Ian Hall

Dr Ian Hall is a Consultant Psychiatrist working in the NHS in East London. He is a governor of a school for autistic children and Chief Examiner at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Excitingly, he worked on the Autism Act in the past; an incredibly important act which puts a duty on the Government to create and review an autism strategy and guidance for local authorities to implement it.

He works with many autistic people, including those with varying degrees of learning disability. He has set up services to help them get diagnosed and to help them fulfil their potential.

Ian has several people with autism in his family. He is highly committed to promoting research into autism and developing and improving health and social care services for autistic people.

Welcome to the team, Ian.

Anna Lewy

Anna Lewy is a contract negotiator and business developer at a London based business that trades commodities. She studied Economics and Management at the University of Oxford.

Her interest in autism research and policy is rooted in growing up alongside her autistic younger brother, Adam. She cares deeply about assisted home schooling, social enterprise, and the rights of autistic individuals and their carers to access Local Authority and Council support.

We hope that you enjoy your time with us, Anna!

Deborah Loveluck

Deborah Loveluck has been Fellow and Director of Development and Alumni Relations at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge since 2007. A lot of her work revolves around planning the College’s fundraising, alumni relations and communication programmes.

She launched the St Catharine’s Campaign in 2009, which raised £30 million for the College, and is currently leading the College’s Our College Our Future Campaign which aims to raise a massive £50 million. Between 2013-2016, Deborah was the Chair of the Cambridge Colleges Development Group as well as the Colleges Development Directors’ Committee.

We are so excited to be working with you, Deborah.

Iain Pocock

Iain Pocock has over 25 years of experience in Financial Services, and has held multiple roles covering Finance, Operations & Risk and Technology, as well as various Board and Pension Trustee positions.

Iain studied a master’s degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge and became a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants in England and Wales with PwC.

Iain became interested in autism due to his two sons who are both on the autistic spectrum and his family’s challenging experience of navigating the education and support systems. He is passionate about raising awareness and enabling the potential of those who are neuro-diverse.

Iain was identified using the Nurole platform; a digital recruitment platform for board and senior executive roles. Welcome aboard, Iain!

Lisa Binks

Lisa is a journalist with a career spanning local newspapers, the BBC and 20 years at The Financial Times.

She became a freelance journalist after she and her husband decided that their autistic son would benefit from being homeschooled. She believes that the education system is not well resourced enough and has low expectations for people with autism and learning difficulties.

The Autism Research Trust isn’t Lisa’s first experience of being a trustee, as she served as trustee of NACRO, the charity for ex-offenders. She has also been on the board of a London FE college. In addition to supporting autism charities, she supports a number of charities whose activities deliver services to autistic people.

We are thrilled to have you on the team, Lisa.

You can read more about our trustees, and if you would like to help us fund pioneering research to help autistic people and their families, please consider donating online today.