Mark Lever

Chief Executive, The National Autistic Society

Mark Lever joined the National Autistic Society (NAS) as Chief Executive in March 2008.

The NAS is the UK's leading organisation for people affected by autism. The NAS 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 the help, support and services that they can access, trust and rely upon and which can help them lead the life they choose.

Mark is a member of the National Autism Programme Board which oversees the implementation of the strategy for adults with autism.

Prior to the NAS he worked for 12 years at the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS), holding a range of roles, including, Director of Strategic Development and Operations and then CEO. He was previously a partner at accountancy firm Kidsons (now Baker Tilly). He is a Cranfield MBA, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Chartered Institutes of Personnel and development, and Marketing.

When he is not negotiating peace settlements and behaviour related pay awards with his four boys he relaxes by cooking, drinking wine with his wife, long distance cycling, running a disco for charity and regularly losing at tennis and golf.