HELEN BODEN – CEO

I have worked in the field of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities for over 25 years. During this time, I have had the privilege of working with many neurodiverse people from all walks of life From CEOs and Directors of huge companies through to young children and those in prison. I am passionate about supporting all individuals to achieve their potential.

Likes:  Dogs and all things countryside
Dislikes: Injustice and inequality in all its forms
Favourite colour: Blue
Interesting fact: I have delivered training at 10 Downing Street!

I AM…. Fun loving, hardworking, considerate.

Email helen.boden@i-am-autism.org.uk

JUDITH SANDGROUND – FINANCE MANAGER

Accountant with a degree in mediaeval history! Worked for many years in both non-profits and commercial (advertising) business before coming to I AM. Can turn my hand to many things not related to accountancy – e.g. unjamming photocopiers and programming central heating.

Likes:  Gardening, gentle cycling, walking, choral singing
Dislikes: Chilli peppers, large spiders
Favourite colour:Blue
Interesting fact: Been on TV as a competition judge and also in an Open University training course for start-up businesses.

I AM…. Detail orientated and generally keeping systems going, in between trying to amuse people.

Email finance@i-am-autism.org.uk

WENDY GRIFFIN – TEAM LEADER

I started work with ASGMA as a casual support worker doing youth clubs
and 1-2-1 and then became a keyworker working with the 18+, after a few years I became the team leader, but I still get to do some fun stuff with the members like DVD night, and some great activities.

Likes: Shopping, eating out
Dislikes: The countdown to Christmas
Favourite colour: Blue
Interesting fact: I was on a children’s television show when I was 10 years old singing, this may be a surprise as most of you know.

I AM…. Tone deaf !!

Email wendy.griffin@i-am-autism.org.uk

SAMANTHA COATES – AUTISM KEYWORKER

Since leaving school, I have had a varied career. Ranging from Support Worker with various client groups, Residential Social Worker, Fashion Shop Manager, Hearing Aid Technician, I also qualified as a hairdresser.

Likes: Socialising, DIY projects, sewing, gardening, fashion, music, travelling.
Dislikes: Tea… I am a coffee lover
Favourite colour: The rainbow! I love many different colours, so I do not have a favourite
Interesting fact: My friend and I opened a ladies fashion boutique in 1996 based in Stockport called “Ellle Diablo”

I AM…. Caring, kind, compassionate, fun, creative and committed.

Email Samantha.coates@i-am-autism.co.uk

OKSANA ZHUKOVA – FINANCE OFFICER

Twenty + years ago, when I came to England, my plan was to study to be a barrister – or at least a human rights lawyer. I couldn’t stand inequality, discrimination and injustice, and was very passionate about making a difference. However, instead of Law I got a degree in Finance and Accounting, and after years of working in massive corporations, I’ve found a place where my I can use my skills and still very much alive passion to truly make a difference.

Likes: Rallying, kart racing, tennis, chess, stars and constellations, and a good old British sarcasm
Dislikes: Flattery, betrayal, spinelessness, spiritual poverty, and spiders
Favourite colour: Bloody red
Interesting fact: Hmm.. I don’t know, whether it’s an interesting fact (to me it is), but I do astrological charts… semi-professionally… when I’m not busy at I AM.

I AM…. A constant work in progress. Just when I finish mastering something about myself, I’ll find something else to improve, re-master or change. This brought me to my “new project” – getting a second degree in… forensic psychology.

Email financeofficer@i-am-autism.org.uk

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