Our Judges

Vicky Grammatikopoulou
D
irector and Business Manager of Vie Aesthetics

” I feel honoured to be asked to judge the ‘Autism Hero Awards’, having worked with both teachers and students in Higher Education it’s been my goal always to aid everyone who is seeking to learn. Bringing and understanding of diversity to the forefront of the school system and highlighting the need to train teachers to work with with those on the spectrum and living with autism is essential so no one goes without the best education we can give them. Thank-you”

 

Eve Ferret 

LONDON BORN Eve Ferret burst onto the club scene in the mid seventies, when she was a regular performer at the legendary Blitz club – the same venue that also gave birth to such stars as Spandau Ballet, Boy George and the sadly deceased Steve Strange. The actress, singer and writer, also known among her cabaret fans as the Pimlico Belle, was discovered by Hollywood legend Gene Wilder, who cast her as Sylvia in Haunted Honeymoon, along with his wife Gilda Radner and Jonathan Pryce.

Despite her success in Hollywood she shunned the LA lights and stayed in the UK, making several films, including Absolute Beginners with David Bowie and Patsy Kensit.  She made a return to the stage last year, with her unique style of cabaret – which she likes to call “Fabaret” – and released her first album, Doolally.

” Having  several friends with children on the spectrum/autism  and having worked  with people living with autism it is very important  to highlight and educate others who may not understand what it all means as there is still so much ignorance on the subject  .So of course I jumped at the chance to be a judge.” “

 

Jo Redman
Patron – Anna Kennedy Online 

I am a patron of AKO and a 3 times kickboxing world champion. Kickboxing has always helped me as an outlet for my day to day frustrations that come with living with Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD and sensory processing differences. I became involved with AKO after I decided to use my success within my sport as a way to reach out to and inspire young people.

It is a privilege to be asked to judge the Autism Hero Awards as through my experiences coping with my own autism and in helping families affected by autism I know on a personal level how isolating and stressful navigating life on the spectrum can be and how valuable good support and input truly is. It is certainly important to recognise those who go above and beyond their professional remit and individuals who battle on regardless. It is important they know they are not alone within the autism community.

 

Roger Colvin
Group Chairman – Outcomes First Group

Roger Colvin has worked in the Health Care Field since 2000. Prior to the formation of the Outcomes First Group, Roger Colvin was CEO of Hillcrest, joining in 2007. Previous to this, Roger was CEO for a group of homes for adults with Learning Disabilities and Mental Health and before that Finance Director and then CEO for a fully listed company on the London Stock Exchange. When that was sold he became President of a global business platform.

In his earlier career Roger was one of eight equity partners in a firm of Chartered Accountants, in charge of a diverse range of corporate clients, including Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club – which he still supports.

Georgina Oliphant-Hope
Events & Marketing Manager – Asset House 

“The Autism Hero Awards, is an evening dedicated to celebrating the inspiring achievements and contributions of individuals, groups and communities. I was delighted to be asked to judge the awards as I believe the recognition of positivity, generosity of spirit, the kindness people demonstrate and the brilliant achievements of others needs be acknowledged and celebrated. It is a privilege to be involved with AKO and the Autism Hero Awards of 2017.

I am the Events and Marketing Manager for Asset House, who are proud sponsors of the Outstanding Community Award. Within this role I have been introduced to Anna Kennedy and the amazing work AKO does. Prior to working at Asset House, I worked in Parliament as a Caseworker and experienced first-hand how the acts of individuals and groups within a community can make such an unmistakable positive impact on the lives of others. However, I also saw the hurdles people come up against in trying to aid others and make a difference.  This is why I believe awards such as the Autism Hero Awards are so important in recognising the achievements of those who have accomplished so much”

Kacey Ainsworth
Patron of Anna Kennedy Online

Kacey Ainsworth has been working in entertainment industry since 1978.  She is a multi awarding winning actress who came into prominence for her portrayal of Little Mo in Eastenders. Since then she has starred in lots of Tv shows including Holly Blue, Call the Midwife and most recently as a very evil witch in cbbcs. The Worst Witch.  She can currently be seen in ITVs Grantchester alongside Robson Green every Sunday night at 9pm for the next 5 weeks. 

After several members of her family were diagnosed with Autism she decided to get actively involved in raising awareness of autistic spectrum disorders and promoting inclusion for those on the spectrum.