Other Workers

Please note that all our workers have experience of autism in their private lives.  Some workers have elected to be open about their experiences in their biographies (below), while some have not for personal reasons.

Jo Ferraro

Personal Assistant to CEO

As Action for Asperger’s personal assistant to management, I provide support with all administrative tasks.  I am a seasoned personal assistant with over 25 years of experience in the field including the medical industries. 

Kate Pode

BA, MSc Special Ed, PGC Autism - Educationalist

I’m a qualified teacher and I have a master’s in special education – working in the field for close to thirty years. I was drawn to an autism specialism due to personal experiences with a son, nephew, and friends on the spectrum. I currently cover all external training requests and in-school support and assessments.

Paul James


Paul is Designated Safeguarding Lead for AfA. He has been Safeguarding Advisor in three local authorities where he has provided training, advice and guidance to schools, police, and health and social care professionals. Paul was also an assistant head teacher in a secondary school where he line-managed the SENDCO team. The school integrated 350+ students with additional needs. He also regularly delivers internet safety workshops to children and young people with ASD and other needs.

Additional staff