Our Team

Executive Committee

Autism South East Directors: Mandy Garford, Tim Cook, Charlie Walker, Kitty Raj

Mandy Garford

Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Mandy started her work with Autism as a Senior Teacher at a Primary School, setting up an ASD unit while studying a Masters Degree in Challenging Behaviour. Mandy has three of her own children on the Autistic Spectrum and has spoken out about Autism Awareness in the local community for many years through talks, articles and events. Mandy is also a former Parliamentary Candidate GE2017 and attends the All Party Parliamentary Group. Mandy would like to see Autism embraced at every level, locally and nationally and those effected by autism better supported and understood.

Tim Cook

Chief Operations Officer

Rachel Erodotou


Rachel is a full time parent to three children on the autistic spectrum. Before having children she worked in a residential care setting for adults on the spectrum with challenging behaviour.

Matt Lynch

Media & Web Technician

Matt is an autism advocate who is on the spectrum himself, and now does various voluntary work focused around autism in the community, including speaking about his experiences growing up. He also designs our media, including this website and our posters.

Area (support group) Coordinators

Lorraine Kingdon


Stephanie Abbitt


Lisa Mulholland MacNally

New Ash Green

Sarah Halls



Martin Cook


John Stringer


Victoria Horsey


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