Judy Turner (Chair)

Judy discovered RFA whilst looking for help for a family member, so as an ex-service user, she was delighted to be invited to join the Board of Trustees in September 2011.
Judy has sound knowledge of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) from both a personal perspective and from her work as a learning support worker in both primary and secondary schools, along with working experience of both learning and emotional behaviour difficulties in school children.
She has many and varied interests out-side of work but is best known for making delicious cakes which are enjoyed by all at committee meetings.

Eileen Steed (Trustee)

Eileen has a background of supporting children with learning difficulties as well as emotional and behavioural difficulties within education. She also has counselling experience within her own private practice and within voluntary organisations.
Eileen has experience of working with adults and children supporting a wide range of issues.
She has counselling qualifications including a diploma in person centred therapy and a diploma in cognitive behaviour therapy.
She is a registered member of the BACP. Eileen has personal experience with autism having family members on the autistic spectrum. 

Maggie Walker (Treasurer)

I am pleased to support the work of RFA as a Trustee. I have experience of support to a young man with learning disabilities and as a foster parent. My work experience has mainly been in voluntary organisations. For the 14 years before I retired in 2013 I was Chief Executive at Manchester Care & Repair a charity which supports older people to live in their own homes. This gave me experience of charity management including applying for and managing charity grants and local authority and NHS contracts.

Michelle Keifer (Secretary)

Qualified as an integrative counsellor 4 years ago and is currently finishing her postgraduate work. She has worked with Beacon Counselling at Disability Stockport for 3 years. Michelle is experienced in working creatively within therapy. e.g. using art materials and stones. Michelle is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Michelle has direct experience of autism within the family. Michelle was employed for 6 years working with the Disability Design Reference Group as both a group member and group facilitator for Transport for Greater Manchester providing disability equality and access for disabled people.

Mark Holden (Trustee)

I have spent most of my life working in catering which I fell into after working for the Queen Mother. I have had mental health issues on and off for most of my life and got a diagnosis for Aspergers when I was 42. With my involvement with Respect for All and RBUF in Rochdale my self awareness and coping stratigies have improved.
I have a City and guilds in catering and am working towards a degree in History.

Barbara Mc Manus (Trustee)

Barbara has been involved in Further and Higher Education since 1981 in a range of computing specialisms, culminating in, and retiring from, the post of Associate Head of the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences at UCLan in Preston.
Her knowledge of ASD was acquired through both working with University students and family members.
She is a former Trustee of the BCS: the Chartered Institute for IT, and for the University of Central Lancashire.
She undertakes Quality Assurance External Examiner and External Advisor roles in Computing in the UK and overseas, and is currently a Higher Education Reviewer for the QAA.
She was seconded to the NPfIT to work on accessibility and usability
She maintains her interest in Health Informatics, User Experience and Quality Assurance.

Joanne Martin (Trustee)

Joanne is currently a non-practising solicitor, having previously practiced in litigation and employment law at a senior levelin both large and small city centre commercial law firms. Joanne has experience of running a business, recruiting and managing people along with advising boards of directors and trustees.
Joanne is now a full time mum of two children. The youngest has an autistic spectrum condition with additional learning difficulties. In addition, Joanne keeps busy through her positions on the governing bodies of two primary schools (one a specialist setting) and volunteering on a weekly basis at a pre-school playgroup for children with complex needs. She also loves to bake.

Other people

Ceri Smith (Bookkeeper)

Ceri joined RFA in February 2012, and her role is to assist the officers of the board by preparing the accounts of the charity and acting as clerk to the board.
Ceri is also employed as Contracts and Compliance Manager by the Co-operative College.Her role at the College is very varied, ranging from monitoring contracts and auditing the College’s quality system processes, to organising study visits for international visitors and writing blogs.
Her previous work experience is in events management, followed by 14 years working in social housing management, where she specialised in quality management systems and accreditation, and was seconded to the Cabinet Office as a Charter Mark Assessor. She was also Chair of a housing charity for 5 years, and was a representative on the Housing Corporation’s Equality and Career Opportunities Forum (COFEM). Ceri studied Business Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she gained a post-graduate diploma in Management Studies.
She also has qualifications in teaching, quality auditing and energy management. In her spare time Ceri’s activities include being an elected member of the Executive of NACO, the National Association of Co-operative Officials (the trade union of Co-operative managers) , a trustee of Radclyffe Co-operative Learning Trust, and a member of the Co-operative Group’s Ladies’ Choir, The Co-operettes.

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