Carol Povey

Director of the National Autistic Society's Centre for Autism

Carol joined the National Autistic Society (NAS) in 2001 and is Director of the charity’s Centre for Autism.

The NAS is the UK's leading organisation for people affected by autism. It runs 8 independent autism specific schools and delivers thousands of packages of community based support for autistic adults.

The NAS is a highly effective campaigning organisation and champions the rights and interests of all people on the autism spectrum. It aims to provide individuals on the spectrum and their families with help, support and services that they can access, trust and rely upon and which can help them lead the life they choose.

The role of the NAS’ Centre for Autism is to promote innovation, excellence and understanding across the autism sector and to provide a hub for greater collaboration both UK wide and internationally.

Carol is the chair of the editorial board of the NAS’ Professional Conference. She has contributed to a number of publications, and has trained and presented at conferences nationally and internationally.

Carol started at the NAS as Regional Co-ordinator for London and the South-East in 2001 where she had responsibility for working with branches, parent groups, and local authorities. In 2005 she became Head of Adult Services, developing a strategic and modernisation plan for the NAS’ adult services, as well as leading in the identification and transfer of best practice within the organisation. As “Responsible Individual” under the Care Standards Act, Carol held responsibility on behalf of the Board of Trustees for ensuring that the NAS meet their statutory requirements.

Previously, Carol worked for the City of Westminster, Wirral Autistic Society and Bromley Autistic Trust.

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