Aoife Hickey
Caroline Hearst
Dean Beadle
Felicity Sedgewick
Jason Crabtree
Siobhan Timmins

Dr Aoife Hickey

Aoife HickeyDr Aoife Hickey completed her doctorate in clinical psychology in UCL in 2015, where her research thesis focused on the experiences of older people with autism.

She currently works as a clinical psychologist in a Mental Health Intellectual Disability (MHID) Service in Dublin, Ireland.



Caroline Hearst 

Carolines HearstCaroline is a late diagnosed autistic woman with an eclectic employment history who now offers autism awareness training and consultancy and facilitates peer support groups and programmes for autistic adults. She is a director of AutAngel and Autism Matters.




Dean Beadle

Dean BeadleDean Beadle has toured the UK for ten years sharing his experiences of life on the autism spectrum. In recent years he has also spoken in Denmark, Belgium, Guernsey and Ireland as well as undertaking four annual seminar tours of Australia and New Zealand. Through his humorous and insightful speeches Dean outlines his positive outlook on his diagnosis. In 2011 Dean's speaking was brought to a wider audience, as a clip of one of his speeches was viewed across the world on YouTube.

He is also an experienced journalist, having been published in local, regional, national and international publications. Between 2008 and 2011 he worked freelance for Greenwich Time, a local newspaper in London. As part of this he did everything from fitness columns and celebrity interviews through to concert reviews and news reports. Between October 2012 and December 2013 Dean edited the Network Autism Autism in Practice newsletter which was sent to subscribers in over 90 countries. He has also written for The Guardian, Londonpaper and NAS Communication magazine.

Between 2012 and 2014 Dean sat on the judging panel for the NAS Professionals Awards. An interview with Dean is featured as a key resource in the Autism Education Trust training programme which has just celebrated training 100,000 schools staff. Dean is also a singer and in 2017 he will be performing at charity balls and various events across the country. Dean is honorary president of Autism Puzzles, a parent led charity in Cardiff, Wales and patron of SPACE, a parent led charity in Hertfordshire.

Felicity Sedgewick

Felicity SedgewickFelicity Sedgewick works with girls and young women on the autism spectrum. Felicity is interested in the friendships and relationships of autistic women and girls, particularly focusing on how they experience and manage conflict within those relationships.

This research developed from her practice working with children on the autism spectrum in a mainstream secondary school and witnessing the challenges and opportunities the children faced with their peers. She is also interested in the mental health aspects of autism, and is currently combining these areas working on a project at King's College London examining the relationship between autism and anorexia in young women.

Dr Jason Crabtree

Jason CrabtreeJason started working in the field of autism and learning disabilities nearly 20 years ago, initially in a research capacity before completing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Since qualifying as a clinical psychologist, Jason has specialised in working with adults with autism in learning disability services, adult mental health and autism diagnostic services.

Jason has continued to maintain an interest in research in the field of autism and linked with UCL has contributed to research exploring the impact of aging and autism and the effectiveness and development of assessments used to diagnose autism. He is currently the lead psychologist in an inner city London, Community Adult Learning Disabilities Team and clinical lead in two NHS adult autism diagnostic services.

Dr Siobhan Timmins

Siobhan TimminsDr. Siobhan Timmins been writing Social Stories™ for 22 years, and as a certified trainer in the technique, delivers workshops in Social Stories for schools and other organisations. In 2011 she established the Carol Gray approved Social Stories Satellite Service for Essex at Market Field Special School where she is currently an Associate Specialist.

Siobhan is a member of Carol Gray’s Team Social Stories™ and is responsible for the supervision of Satellite Services in London, Scotland and Ireland. She is also the author of a series of books of Social Stories published by Jessica Kingsley.

Siobhan is proud to be the mother of a 25 year old young man on the autism spectrum. Underpinning all her work is a profound respect for the different, but equally valid autistic perspective, one of the core founding principles of Social Stories.

Those who are on the autism spectrum need considerable resilience to cope with many aspects of daily life. This talk will suggest some practical strategies to improve resilience that can be used in the home, school or workplace.