Empowering People, Launching lives

Senior Management Team

The day to day running of the charity is delegated by the Board of Trustees to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who is supported by the Senior Management Team in the delivery of our 5 year strategy.

Tracie Linehan – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Tracie has a wealth of leadership and management experience within the field of special educational needs and disability; having experience of both charity and education, she worked for Scope for over 20 years, where she held two headships and ultimately rose to the position of Regional Director for the South of England. More recently Tracie has been Executive Head of the Autism Schools Trust where she led on setting up and developing a Free School. Tracie has experience of developing early year’s provision, establishing outreach and training services, providing strategic leadership to schools and developing Post 19 and adult services.

Allyn Zulver – Finance Director

Allyn joined BeyondAutism in 2014, undertaking the management and financial accounting for the whole organisation. Allyn has over 30 years’ experience in finance and accounting. Her career began at Touche Ross (now Deloitte) and her past roles have included auditing, tax and research. Allyn spent 10 years of her career teaching including 2 years teaching for the ICAEW exams.

Ian Hunter – HR Director

Ian has worked in the education sector for the last ten years and when not at BeyondAutism helps run a mainstream multi-academy trust. Prior to moving into education, Ian spent 25 years working across the world for organisations such as BP, Pepsi, PWC and AT Kearney. Ian particularly enjoys working with educationalists to help improve organisation efficiency and service. He is passionate about the value that HR can bring to an organisation and how to achieve the best possible engagement with staff. Ian was previously Chair of Governors at BeyondAutism where he took the lead in overseeing safeguarding. Ian is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Lucy Christie – Head of Marketing and Engagement

Lucy joined BeyondAutism in 2011 as PA to the CEO and Fundraising Administrator, having previously completed internship programmes at Save the Children and Cancer Research UK. When she joined the team there were just 31 full time staff, and 21 pupils at the school. Since then she has seen the organisation grow into the multi-service charity it is today, and her role has evolved to be marketing focused. Having been involved from the beginning in developing and establishing the BeyondAutism brand and identity, Lucy is passionate about communicating the impact of our services and raising the profile of BeyondAutism. She strives to lead the organisation in engaging our stakeholders effectively; raising their awareness of our work, values and expertise.

Leanna Maggs – Head of External Relationships

Leanna has worked in marketing and communications across a number of different areas since graduating from university in 2004. She spent 7 years working at advertising agencies including Saatchi and Saatchi Health, where she gained knowledge in how to approach marketing in a heavily regulated industry. This has subsequently supported the work she does within the charity and education sectors.

After a short-term contract at Save the Children within their events team, Leanna spent the next 5 years in marketing and business development for an advertising, publishing and events company within the pharmaceutical industry before joining the team at BeyondAutism. She wanted to bring the skills and expertise gained in other areas to an organisation that is focused on making a real difference to the lives of children and young adults with autism.

Mike Calver – Head of Donor Engagement

Mike joined BeyondAutism with over 25 years of management experience in the Third Sector. Much of his early career was spent working in the field of mental health and with people who have multiple and complex physical disabilities. He has led a number of charities through significant growth as CEO, and been a Trustee/Director of various voluntary sector organisations. For the last five years, Mike has worked as a freelance consultant providing business and strategic planning, income generation, risk management and governance, across a range of organisations. Prior to returning to the UK in 1988 he worked as a counsellor in the Australian Prison Service, preparing inmates for release on licence. He holds a Master’s Degree in Disability Management in work and rehabilitation. Mike is delighted to be working for BeyondAutism and sees the charity as well positioned for voluntary income growth and development.

Kieran Bird – Executive Head of BeyondAutism Schools and Interim Operational Head of Post-19

Kieran joined the school in 2016. He has extensive teaching experience and has worked across both mainstream and specialist education, specialising in understanding behaviour and communication. Kieran’s passion lies within SEN and lifelong learning. His ambition for all pupils is for them to reach their potential and develop the skills necessary to function happily in society. Kieran promotes learning through exploration and discovery, and he believes in the importance of relevant and personalised target setting in ensuring all learners progress.

David Anthony – Head of Research and Learning

David has over 15 years of experience of working within special educational needs and joined BeyondAutism in 2015. Since then, he has worked in leadership roles in our Schools, Sixth Form and Post-19 provision. He has experience of working in independent and mainstream settings. David is passionate about all students having access to an education that ensures they develop the skills and knowledge to become active citizens in their local communities, and having the ability to have choice, independence and control over their lives. With the right support, David believes all students can reach their individual aspirations and outcomes.

Bernadett Rankasz – Head of Early Years

Since graduating as a Teacher of Health Sciences, Bernadett has been passionate about teaching children with special needs. She gained significant experience teaching in a wide range of educational settings, including mainstream primary and secondary schools, special schools and ASD units, becoming an outstanding teacher across all year groups. Most recently, she has been a Head of Primary Phase in a free special school for children with autism in south west London, moving a brand new school forward from the very first day.

Bernadett firmly believes that every child holds an innate potential to rise above their circumstances and succeed beyond expectation in life with the presence of empathy, equal opportunity and a supportive and competent multidisciplinary team. As Head of Early Years, working with professionals in many mainstream and special schools, Bernadett now feels privileged to have the opportunity to witness even more children and young people with autism pursue growth and happiness in their educational setting and throughout life.


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