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, Friday Hub sessions and in our Zoom groups.

Owen is our Team Manager. Owen helps to oversee the AIM team and service as a whole. He previously worked as our Volunteer Coordinator, helping to support both our volunteers and people in mentoring matches.

Owen is also involved in our development work around employment.

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Pesha is one of our Deputy Managers. She is taking a lead on our new Autism Health Access Project, 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.

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Jane is the newest member of our team, working as our Deputy Manager. Like Pesha, Jane will be working on our new Autism Health Access Project. She has a background in healthcare.

Fay is our new Volunteer Coordinator. Their role involves supporting our volunteers – Mentors, Steering Group Members, Hub Supporters and those in other roles – to make sure they get the most out of helping our service.

Before joining the AIM team, Fay worked as The Advonet Group’s Office Administrator. They are both autistic and non-binary (preferred pronouns – they/them).

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.

Before working for the AIM team, Lesley was a member of The Advonet Group’s First Contact Team, answering phone calls and processing advocacy referrals.

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 The Advonet Group.

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.

Away from her role in the AIM team, Trudi is a fully-qualified counsellor.

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 @GillLoomesQuinn!

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.