Our Judges for The Autism Hero Awards 2018
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”
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.
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.
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.
Chrissy B, aka Christoulla Boodram
Host and producer of UK’s only TV show Chrissy B Show
Christoulla Boodram, is a happy, friendly and caring TV presenter, writer and public speaker who loves life. Having battled with anxiety, depression, panic attacks and other mental health issues for many years and now completely recovered, she is passionate about sharing her happiness and positivity with the public and encouraging people to talk about mental health with the aim of getting the help they need.
Born and bred in London, and with a degree in Business Studies, Chrissy B’s portfolio career spans across human resources, web and graphic design, and press and community outreach projects before she found a niche in TV presenting.
Over the years she has presented Your Say, a controversial current affairs show, two women’s TV shows, and another that focused on helping people find solutions to life’s problems. Since June 2012, she has been the Executive Producer and host of her own TV programme – The Chrissy B Show which is the UK’s only TV show dedicated to mental health and well being.
Operations Management Trainer, Great Western Railway
I am a Operations Management Trainer for GWR. I have worked in the rail industry for 17 years. 12 years at Heathrow Express and 4 years at GWR. I have led the way in ensuring that as an industry we are training our colleagues about people travelling with different disabilities and was proud to have worked with AnnaKennedyOnline to bring Autism to the attention of our colleagues and the wider First Group company to teach our colleagues who best to help people with Autism.
I’m also a campaigner to ensure the rail industry is looking after both customer and employee mental health and disability issues to ensure we are offering a great service to everyone in terms of customer service and keeping people safe. I am also a British Transport Police Special Constable.
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.