Matthew Rutherford

​Me, Myself & Autism Facilitator/Peer Supporter

Matthew was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. He was educated at home until age 16 when he attended Gateshead College. 

Matthew uses his knowledge of autism for greater understanding and awareness.

Letesia Smith

Managing Director

Letesia is parent to an autistic son. She is a humanistic counsellor and has a first-class honours degree in Professional Counselling Practice.

All of our employees are either autistic or have a family member who is autistic.

Sara Everett

​Specialist Support

Sara has worked in a wide range of specialist residential, college and school settings since 1987. Sara has two autistic children.

Malcolm Osborne

​Connect Support Prevent Facilitator



Beth Terrance

Peer Supporter



Isabel Hunt

Engagement and Participation Officer



Stephen Patterson

​Me Myself & Autism Facilitator/Peer Supporter

Stephen was diagnosed with autism at the age of 33.

Stephen is a prolific electronic musician.


We are a very friendly team. Here we are...

Carole Rutherford 

​Director of Services

Carole has two autistic sons. She founded Autism In Mind in 2000. She was part of the reference group who supported the Department of Health in drafting the autism strategy.