Our Team

Elizabeth Robinson
B.Ed NPQSL

Head of Post-19

Liza joined BeyondAutism in January 2021. She has worked in the field of autism for the last 17 years as a teacher, coordinator, manager, Head of Department and Head of School and College. She has also made contributions to setting up a DFN Project SEARCH Supported Internship and a Specialist Independent College in Tower Hamlets. Liza is committed to seeing young adults thrive.

Russell Irving
MSc BCBA

Deputy Head of Post-19

Russell has been working with young people with autism for over 10 years and in the field of behaviour analysis for the past 8 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 worked as an ABA Supervisor in Post-19 for 3 years, acquiring his BCBA and is now Deputy Head of Post-19.

Sofia Rey (on maternity leave)
BCBA

ABA Consultant

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.

Sarah Larner
BCBA

Head of Pastoral

Sarah joined BeyondAutism in September 2011 having worked in various capacities with children with autism prior to this. She joined as a Trainee ABA Tutor and worked her way through being a Class Leader to an ABA Supervisor across Park House School, Tram House School, BeyondAutism Outreach Service and BeyondAutism Early Years. In July 2020 she joined the Post-19 Team on a part-time basis as Pastoral Lead. She currently works within Post-19 2 days per week, spending the rest of her week in BeyondAutism Early Years.

Sarah completed a Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis through Bangor University in September 2016 and became a BCBA in February 2018.

She is passionate about helping children and young people with autism succeed and achieve their maximum potential through learning communication strategies and gaining access and understanding within their local communities. Sarah prioritises safeguarding and works to ensure that this is instilled in all staff that work within BeyondAutism Post-19.

Katie Moriarty
BSc, MSc, BCBA

ABA Consultant

Katie has been working in the field of ABA for over 10 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.

Francesca Sharkey

Post-19 Administrator

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.

Clare Lee

Post-19 Admissions Officer and Administrator

Clare joined the team in July 2021. She has over 18 years administration/Finance/HR experience; the majority of which was spent with Southwark and Lambeth Local Authorities as an Office Manager in a primary school and also within Adult/Child Social Care.

Clare is excited to join the team and looks forward to supporting staff and students.

Hammersmith Hub

Charlie Feigen
BSc

ABA Supervisor

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.

George Williams

ABA Instructor

George has been working with adults with additional needs for 4 years. He has previous experience coaching pan disability football and multisport sessions as well as working in holiday clubs for adults with additional needs. Following this George joined BeyondAutism as an ABA Tutor and then worked his way up to becoming an ABA instructor.

Emma Engelbrecht
BA

Speech and Language Therapist

Emma is a dually qualified Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist.

Since graduating from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, prior to emigrating to the U.K. Emma has worked across numerous settings including working as part of a team in a Specialist Paediatric Hospitals and within the Educational setting. During this period Emma gained experience in working within the NICU, High Care, and KMC wards to treat premature and high-risk infants. She was involved in the promotion of early intervention and language stimulation programmes to the parents and caregivers of infants/children. Emma has training within the adult and paediatric population working as an individual, or as part of an MDT, in the diagnosis and management of patients with complex feeding conditions i.e. malnutrition, fussy eating and food refusal. She worked as a dually qualified SALT/Au to identify and refer patients requiring hearing aids, specialist testing, or multi-disciplinary management.

Since working in London, Emma has worked exclusively within the educational setting in the diagnosis, and management of young people with communication difficulties due to cognitive communication disorders-specifically ASD. Emma has provided services to young people from the age of KS2 to Post 19 and young adults (20 to 25+ years).

Emma joined BeyondAutism in September 2021.

Jess Hargreaves
BSc

Occupational Therapist

Jess has always enjoyed working in paediatric OT and is passionate about supporting pupils to achieve their potential! Jess have been fortunate enough to gain to work in schools that specialise in working with children and young people with Autism for most of her career but she also has experience in a NHS community paediatrics role. This was invaluable as it gave her a broad understanding of many conditions and challenges that people may be facing in a variety of settings. She is now able to combine all of her experience to look at each pupil as an individual to provide holistic Occupational Therapy input.

Wandsworth Hub

Robert Yorke
BSc MSC

ABA Supervisor

Robert began working for Saplings, an ABA school for children aged between 4-18 years of age in Ireland. He worked here for 6 years and while working there studied for a Masters in ABA. Following his time working at Saplings he travelled to London where he worked for a private company that supported teenagers with home programmes and support in accessing their local community.

Robert then returned to Ireland to work for the Muiriosa Foundation where he worked on the School Age Team for three counties as well as a Behaviour Consultant for the areas Residential care home.

He has also lived and worked in Canada for 2 years where he worked with students of varying ages and managed the social skills groups for teenagers attending the clinic. Robert also worked with their adults care team at the nursing supported residential care home that catered to adults with varying needs (mental health issues, physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries and addictions).

Alice Murphy
MA

ABA Instructor

Whilst studying for her Masters degree in Leeds, Alice was on the committee of a charity that supported vulnerable teenagers and young adults facing homelessness. She also worked as a kickboxing instructor in her spare time.

She then worked in promotional events for several years before moving into the education sector to work for an organisation that supported schools with developing strategies to obtain much-needed resources.

Alice joined BeyondAutism as a Tutor in autumn 2020 and is excited to be taking on the role of Instructor this term.

Emma Engelbrecht
BA

Speech and Language Therapist

Emma is a dually qualified Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist.

Since graduating from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, prior to emigrating to the U.K. Emma has worked across numerous settings including working as part of a team in a Specialist Paediatric Hospitals and within the Educational setting. During this period Emma gained experience in working within the NICU, High Care, and KMC wards to treat premature and high-risk infants. She was involved in the promotion of early intervention and language stimulation programmes to the parents and caregivers of infants/children. Emma has training within the adult and paediatric population working as an individual, or as part of an MDT, in the diagnosis and management of patients with complex feeding conditions i.e. malnutrition, fussy eating and food refusal. She worked as a dually qualified SALT/Au to identify and refer patients requiring hearing aids, specialist testing, or multi-disciplinary management.

Since working in London, Emma has worked exclusively within the educational setting in the diagnosis, and management of young people with communication difficulties due to cognitive communication disorders-specifically ASD. Emma has provided services to young people from the age of KS2 to Post 19 and young adults (20 to 25+ years).

Emma joined BeyondAutism in September 2021.

Jess Hargreaves
BSc

Occupational Therapist

Jess has always enjoyed working in paediatric OT and is passionate about supporting pupils to achieve their potential! Jess have been fortunate enough to gain to work in schools that specialise in working with children and young people with Autism for most of her career but she also has experience in a NHS community paediatrics role. This was invaluable as it gave her a broad understanding of many conditions and challenges that people may be facing in a variety of settings. She is now able to combine all of her experience to look at each pupil as an individual to provide holistic Occupational Therapy input.

Riverside Hub

Ka Shing Chan (Raymond)
M.S.

ABA Supervisor

Raymond has been working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis for the past 6 years, he started his career as an ABA therapist at a school in Hong Kong that specialised in using ABA interventions to teach both children and young people with autism. During this time, he has completed the Master of Education in Autism and Applied Behaviour Analysis at Endicott College and progressed to the supervisor level. He has developed a great passion in helping young adults to achieve independence in their daily life. Furthermore, the experiences Raymond obtained in Hong Kong have enabled him to complete the supervision hours, making him qualified to take the BCBA Exam.

Raymond relocated to the UK recently and joined BeyondAutism as a Supervisor in 2021. He is looking forward to bringing his experiences to the Post-19 provision and continuing to uncover the potentials and strengths of these young adults.

Liam Lusted

ABA Instructor

Liam started volunteering with young people with autism at 15 years old with the belief that all young people should have a voice. He entered employment at a community centre at the age of 16. Liam currently has 6 years of experience working with autistic young people and began working at BeyondAutism in 2019. By the age of 21, after 2 years with BeyondAutism, he had made it to Instructor level at Post-19.

Jess Hargreaves
BSc

Occupational Therapist

Jess has always enjoyed working in paediatric OT and is passionate about supporting pupils to achieve their potential! Jess have been fortunate enough to gain to work in schools that specialise in working with children and young people with Autism for most of her career but she also has experience in a NHS community paediatrics role. This was invaluable as it gave her a broad understanding of many conditions and challenges that people may be facing in a variety of settings. She is now able to combine all of her experience to look at each pupil as an individual to provide holistic Occupational Therapy input.

Jodie Whitley
BSc

Speech and Language Therapist

Jodie graduated from City University in July 2020 and began working at BeyondAutism in September 2020. Since then, she has worked at Tram House and South Thames College. She will be working across Park House school and Post-19 Services as of September 2021.

She is passionate about working closely with parents, carers, teaching staff and the multi-disciplinary team to create functional and meaningful care plans for all learners.