About this section
In this section you will find information about Autism West Midlands, our people, and job opportunities.
We employ 300 staff, delivering a wide range of services to people on the autism spectrum. As well as residential homes and supported living, we offer a range of training and education services; family support and a helpline service; and support people with autism into employment. Staff are encouraged to develop their skills and knowledge, and each year many of them gain additional qualifications. We are an Investor in People and hold the Customer Service Excellence award.
Our charity is governed by Trustees, all of whom give their services free of charge. Our Trustees are responsible for the overall strategy of the charity and for its governance.
- Justine Morton (Chair)
- Paul Jackson (Deputy Chair)
- John Drozd (Chair of the Finance Committee)
- Gurdip Singh
- Ashok Roy
- Glenys Jones
- Phil Jordan
Day to day running of the charity is the responsibility of the staff, led by the chief executive and senior management team.
Senior Management Team
Philip Middlewood - Chief Executive
Phil Middlewood joined Autism West Midlands as Chief Executive in March 2016. Phil spent his early career working in local government before moving into the charity sector. He spent most of his working life in senior management positions focusing on developing new services in training, employment and social care. Phil’s role often dealt with the most vulnerable communities or people in society. Prior to joining Autism West Midlands Phil was Development Director for eight years at a large charity, providing care and support for adults with learning disabilities or on the autism spectrum. Having been a governor at an ‘outstanding’- rated Ofsted special school for 12 years, including time as the Chairman, he understands the importance of recognising everyone’s strengths and of supporting people to find fulfilment, purpose and enjoyment in their lives. Phil has a strong belief in supporting an inclusive society so that all people are equally valued and respected as individuals.
Maria Mannion - Director of Operations
Maria joined Autism West Midlands in June 2014 having previously provided consultancy support to the organisation. Maria’s career began as a frontline support worker and she has acted at all levels within care and support including working within other senior management teams. Maria has worked in a whole range of organisations including charities, specialist provision within housing associations, health and social services providing diverse services to a range of people. Within Autism West Midlands she has operational responsibility for our residential, outreach and supported living services. Maria is passionate about providing person centred life enriching support to people with autism. Her role involves ensuring quality and value, supporting staff, external networking and seeking new opportunities to support more people with autism.
Jason Johnson - Director of Finance and Resources
Jason joined Autism West Midlands in September 2016 following roles in both the private and charitable sector. He commenced his career in industry where he trained as a chartered accountant gaining experience in many finance disciplines across a wide range of specialisms. Following a volunteering role as Treasurer, a career change ensued resulting in 15 years’ experience in the charity sector as part of the senior management teams and several years volunteering providing direct support to adults and children during vulnerable periods. Jason will be working with the finance, facilities and front of house teams.