Matthew Rutherford

​Project Worker

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 from the University of Sunderland.

Holly Prudhoe

​Project Worker



Stephen Patterson

​Senior Support Worker

Stephen was diagnosed with autism at the age of 33.

Stephen is a prolific electronic musician.


Caitlin Bird

​Data and Finance Manager

Caitlin graduated with a first-class degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Sunderland.

​Caitlin is a keen traveller.

She has an autistic brother. 

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.

Sara Everett

​Specialist Support Manager

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