Kieran Bird (Interim Operational Head)
BSc (Hons) PGCE
Head of Post-19 (vacant)
Kieran has extensive teaching experience and has worked across both mainstream and specialist education, specialising in understanding behaviour and communication. Kieran's passion lies within SEN and lifelong learning. His ambitions for all pupils is for them to reach their potential and develop the skills necessary to function happily in society. Kieran promotes learning through exploration and discovery, he believes in the importance of relevant and personalised target setting in ensuring all learners progress.
Deputy Head of Post-19
Sofia has been working in the field of ABA for 10 years. Her first experience was working at a Summer Camp in the USA in 2008. She was so impressed with the progress that could be achieved in only a week of consistent ABA, that on her return to the UK she decided to pursue a career within the field.
Sofia’s first job was a Trainee ABA Tutor at BeyondAutism. Over the past 10 years she has progressed to ABA Supervisor, and during this time has completed a Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis and gained her BCBA qualification.
Francesca joined the Post-19 team in September 2018. She has over 15 years of administrative experience, the majority of which she spent with the NHS working as Office Manager at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. More recently she has worked at Lister Hospital as well as in a primary school.
Francesca is thrilled to be working at BeyondAutism, working alongside the staff and students.
Leonie joined BeyondAutism in 2018 having moved to London from the Lake District. She has always tailored her education and career around working with children, having previously worked as a Teaching Assistant in Cumbria. In 2017 Leonie started working in the administrative sector and has not looked back.
She loves the organisation and structure it brings daily. To work in such a motivated environment and be part of the BeyondAutism team is great.
Katie has been working in the field of ABA for 9 years with both children and young people. She started her career as a trainee tutor at an ABA specific school where she completed a graduate programme for 2.5 years before travelling around Asia for a year. On her return, Katie worked for a company providing home and community programmes to young people with autism and complex needs. During this time she completed her MSc in ABA from Bangor University and progressed to supervisor level. Following this she moved to Dubai for a little under two years and worked in a setting that provided ABA programmes to children in clinics, homes and schools and took a lead on staff and parent training. This experience enabled Katie to complete her supervision hours in order to sit the BCBA exam.
Katie is really looking forward to working at BeyondAutism and continuing all the amazing work that has been done so far in the Post-19 provision.
Elizabeth (Lisa) Curtin
Lisa did a Masters in Applied Psychology in 2014. During this time she volunteered at a centre that used ABA and helped facilitate a personal and life skills group. As part of this she learned about the basic principles of ABA. When she graduated, she started working as a Trainee ABA Tutor at Treehouse school and after a year and a half was promoted to Senior ABA Tutor. In 2017 she started studying BACB approved course content through Florida Institute of Technology and receiving BCBA supervision. Lisa is really excited to work in Post-19 and with BeyondAutism.
PGDIP Speech and Language Therapy
Head of Therapies
Tom has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist (SaLT) for 14 years, primarily in Special School settings across London and the Home Counties. He has worked for three NHS Trusts as Clinical Lead SaLT for Early Years, Special Schools and Autism, and in two independent Special Schools, including Ambitious about Autism as Manager Allied Health Professionals.
Tom is a qualified autism diagnostic practitioner having completed the ADOS Training in 2018, and is a Regional Makaton Tutor. He has previously been a Team Lead within the National Autistic Society’s Accreditation Team. Tom has been a member of the London ASD Clinical Excellence Network for SaLTs and the related Journal Club for many years.
Tom is excited to be leading the Therapies Team at Beyond Autism, working with enthusiastic and professional Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists who all share the same vision of providing the children and young people we work with functional experiences and opportunities within their community.
Jessica finished her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2016 and was working as an Occupational Therapist in New Zealand until moving to London in 2019. She works across the Post-19 Hammersmith Hub and Park House School. She is interested in all things sensory processing and enjoys being creative with ways of incorporating sensory diets into daily routines.
Russell has been working with young people with autism for 9 years and in the field of behaviour analysis for the past 5 years. Having worked in a range of services including a summer camp in the USA, an after-school club and as a TA in an autism school, he moved to London to get training in ABA, coming to work at BeyondAutism in 2013. Russell began as a Trainee ABA Tutor and progressed to the position of Class Leader over the course of 3 and a half years. During this time he completed his MSc in ABA.
On a hiatus from the organisation, Russell worked across a nursery, homes, school and a college using ABA to teach students across a range of ages. He has been able to bring this experience back to BeyondAutism where he currently works as an ABA Supervisor at the Post-19 service, working towards his BCBA.
Charlie has worked for BeyondAutism for 3 years across a variety of settings and age groups. In particular, he has held key roles within Post-19 and Tram House School and has made it his mission to promote functional independence and tolerance across the services we provide.
Whilst his original training and qualifications are geared towards a Counselling setting, Charlie has become captivated by the behavioural approach used to such good effect here at BeyondAutism.
Charlie believes ABA/VB practice is a fantastic individualised approach that can have amazing, life changing results for individuals with complex needs.
Speech and Language Therapist
BMedSci (first class hons.) in Speech Science Makaton, Foundation Level Attention Autism accredited therapist
Laura qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2016 and went on to work across mainstream schools and Early Years provisions during her first year in practice, before moving to BeyondAutism in early 2018.
She is passionate about supporting children and young adults of all ages and abilities to communicate to their full potential in the ways that best suit them, their families, and educational environment.
Ultimately Laura’s goal is to nurture our pupils to support them to be well rounded, accomplished and happy individuals.
Taylor graduated from Occupational Therapy in Australia in 2015 and has been working with children, specifically children with autism, since beginning her studies. She is passionate about working in a team and enjoys working with children and young adults as each day is a new opportunity – whether it be to help a child learn a new skill or to introduce them to a new activity. Taylor is passionate about sensory processing and you can always find her thinking of fun new sensory based activities to do with the children and young adults.