Our team

We have a few members of staff who help to provide our services. Here’s who you might expect to see at our drop-ins and Friday Hub sessions.

Wendy developed our service together with autistic adults from its initial beginning in 2012. She has a background in communication support, occupational therapy and advocacy and over 20 years experience working with autistic adults.

Wendy also works as Advonet‘s Advocacy Development and Partnerships Director.

Pesha Thornton - Coordinator

Pesha is our Coordinator. She now leads the planning of our Hub and Post-Diagnostic Support sessions, as well as working on other parts of the Leeds Autism AIM project. She joined us in June 2018 and has a background in social care.

Lesley Trickett - Hub Facilitator

Lesley has a background in advocacy support and is responsible for making sure people get what they need at our drop-in hubs. She is usually available at both of our Hub sessions at Lovell Park on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Luke Aylward - Information Officer

Luke does all of our info, including the newsletter, social media and this website. Luke can also provide personalised information resources at our two drop-in services.

He has a background in content marketing and, until January 2017, was chairperson of Leeds Asperger Adults. Luke is also Communications and Network Officer for Advonet.

Owen is our Deputy Manager and Volunteer Coordinator. Owen helps to oversee the AIM team and service as our Deputy Manager.

His Volunteer Coordinator role involves managing all of our volunteers and running our mentoring service. He helps to support both the mentees who want a mentoring match and the mentors who want guidance on how to best support their mentees. Owen is also involved in our development work around employment.

Trudi Longbottom - Peer Support Worker

Trudi is our Peer Support Worker. She works at alternate Hub sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays, being there to offer peer support to autistic adults who want to know what it is to be autistic. She is also a fully-qualified counsellor.

Gill Loomes - Peer Development Worker

Gill is our Peer Development Worker. She will be involved in developing peer support at our hubs and elsewhere through AIM. Away from AIM, Gill is an academic and prolific Tweeter; you can follow her at @LoomesGill!

David is our Hub Supporter. He helps out around our Hub sessions, greeting visitors and helping them with things such as filling out forms. David also does some of our admin work.