Chris Wild Actor – Author – Artist
My name is Chris Wild, I’m a 38-year-old husband and father of two beautiful children. I have just written my first book called Damaged. It is a heart-breaking memoir that relays my memories of the care system with the stories of all the boys, girls, men and women I met along the way – all who shared my desperation for survival.
After a short career as a professional boxer I went to Los Angeles to study method acting with Hollywood acting coach Michelle Danner. Since then I’ve gone on to have appear in many feature films and plays. I also co-wrote, produced the award winning short film (To Catch a Butterfly) about an autistic man (played by myself) who gets bullied by his brother. The film was nominated for best British short film at the raindance film festival in 2015.
Jo Redman - Patron of 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.
Dr Pam Spurr: Psychologist, award-winning radio presenter, agony aunt, life coach, author and columnist
Dr Pam Spurr has a doctorate in psychology from a London teaching hospital and is a chartered research, academic and teaching psychologist. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research looked at parenting/family issues. As a self help expert, life coach and dating coach and also a Sony award-winning radio presenter, Pam has appeared as a contributor on countless TV programmes and for 12 years running as the resident behaviour expert on Big Brother’s Little Brother, Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and Celebrity Bit on the Side.
Pam is the Sun newspaper’s resident psychologist expert writing frequent comment and advice and other columns through which she’s advised millions of people and writes on a regular basis for other national newspapers. Pam can be heard on radio weekly as a freelance contributor and presenter.
Chris Browne Career Coach
Coach Chris Browne lives with a passion to help others overcome their personal blocks in life especially in their careers and general work life. His passion comes from his own experience of challenges that he had to overcome, and a realisation that this is transferable to many other challenges that we all have to deal with in life and work.
Coach Chris Browne is also a resident Coach who appears weekly on Sky TV Chrissy B Show, UKs first number one mental health show, shares information to assist viewers on subjects of Personal development and coping with challenges in the workplace. He has hosted at the world famous Wembley Arena to a crowd of 11,500 to workshop groups of 15 for Business and Educational departments, and has also given talks internationally he also spends his spare time working as a Voice-over artiste and volunteer helping with his local charity.
Manar Matusiak- Living Autism – Managing Director
Manar has 20 years’ experience at director level in the specialist care and education sector, in particular in the field of autism. She helped to set up and develop the first transitional residential service in the country for young adults with autism and complex needs.
Her background is in teaching and management and she is passionate about the development of individuals in the pursuit of the best possible quality of life.
Vicky Grammatikopoulou -Director 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”
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.