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MEET THE TEAM

Below is information about our Management Team. We also have 30+ amazing sessional support staff supporting our activities.

The CASPA team is made up of passionate and experienced staff and volunteers. Many are qualified SEN teachers, TAs and subject specialists. We have a diverse team of sports, drama, arts, counseling and youth work professionals to inspire and support our members.

“CASPA IS TRULY A PLACE OUR CHILDREN FEEL FREE TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES WITHOUT BEING JUDGED”

Sarah

Chief Executive Officer

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Sarah started as a volunteer and then became employed as a youth worker for Bromley youth service from 17-21yrs, where she studied Youth and the Community to diploma level.

She worked as a carer and then progressed to Centre Manager of a day centre for disabled adults for Leonard Cheshire for 5 years.

Sarah started with CASPA as a youth worker in 2004. CASPA is the most amazing charity that works extremely hard and consistently with all the young people and their families. She believes in the young people and know they can achieve so much with the right support and that’s why CASPA is the great success that it is.

Hobbies and Interest: Family days out and afternoon brunches

Favorite Food: cheese

Favorite Film: Dirty Dancing

What do you most love about working at CASPA?: Seeing the children/young people adults achieve and try new things.

Liz

Services and Partnerships Manager

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My name is Liz and I mostly work behind the scenes on admin, membership and communication helping members to be able to access our services or other forms of support.

Hobbies and Interest: Reading anything and everything, whenever I get time. Movies. Me and my daughter are big Harry Potter fans and we are still waiting for our letter from Hogwarts. I love History and going to castles, museums, particularly anything to do with the first and second world war.

Favorite Food: The Chicken Club from the CASPA Café

Favorite Film: Too many to choose from. Top 5: Forest Gump, Pride and Prejudice, Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

What do you most love about working at CASPA?: I love working with the amazing staff and members and their families. They are all incredible human beings.

Cassie

Activity Support Worker

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Hello I’m Cassie! I work across a range of the CASPA clubs and love them all. I have been a part of CASPA for around 16 years; first as a sibling and then as a staff member a few years later. Once you’re in the CASPA family you will never want to leave. It truly is a safe place for all our young people to just be themselves, make friendships and flourish into the best versions of themselves.

As I said CASPA is a family and the support you feel here you can’t compare to anywhere else.  CASPA is continuously evolving and I can not wait to see where we will go next! I am currently training to become an I HEART facilitator through CASPA which is an innate health education and resilience training programme for young people. I am very excited to start this with our Young people as mental health is incredibly important.

Hobbies and Interest: I love animals, the theatre and working with young people! Alongside CASPA I am a special needs teacher so I love being creative!

Favorite Food: Nachos!

Favorite Film: Blindside

What do you most love about working at CASPA?: Seeing all the friendships blossom!

Chloe

Programme Manager, CASPA Futures 18+

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Hi I’m Chloe, Programme manager for CASPA futures 18+. Ive worked for CASPA since September 2019 and I absolutely love it. I run the 18+ Monday social club, walk and talks, community group and other activities like holiday meet ups, club nights, independent skills and other social events. We’re really keen to develop our adult services at the moment so watch this space.

Hobbies and Interest: Outside of CASPA I love swimming and walking, spending time with my daughter and being with my family and friends.

Favorite Food: Pizza!

Favorite Film: Pretty Woman

What do you most love about working at CASPA?: I absolutely love enabling and watching people be truly themselves and seeing the adult members develop in independence, confidence, well being and in their friendships. I also love working with the other staff members, there’s something really special about CASPA and I’m honoured to be a part of it!

Gabby

Activity Support Worker

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I’m gabby, I’ve worked at caspa for 8 years and work across all the clubs. I have a background in dance and sports and am often called the energetic one. I love to have fun, sing loud, and am passionate about educating the world about Autism.

Hobbies and Interest: Singing, dancing, gym and Christmas!

Favorite Food: Italian and Turkish

Favorite Film: Home Alone

What do you most love about working at CASPA?: I love being apart of the caspa family. I would never call my work a job, as I LOVE it!!! Seeing the children happy and building friendships for life. Parents supporting one another, and building a community we are proud of. Our children and families make my job so enjoyable and fun.

Kim

Communications & Fundraising Manager

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My name is Kim (sometimes known as Miss Kim) and I mostly work on the Marketing & PR at CASPA and also run the Singing sessions in the holidays. I enjoy keeping fit, watching musical theatre, being with my family and watching the entire boxset of Friends over and over again.

Hobbies and Interests: Running, Theatre, Baking

Favourite Food: Mexican

Favourite Film: Jurassic Park

What do you most love about working at CASPA?: I love working for CASPA and seeing the charity grow. I enjoy being creative with Social Media and the interaction from our members and parents. It’s fantastic to see CASPA go from strength to strength. I also love teaching the singing and seeing the members grow in confidence and the joy they get from singing.

Liezel

HR Manager

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Jenny

Resource Support

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I have been a proud part of CASPA since I joined as a teenage member back in 2009. Since then, I have found true friendships within our community and had many rewarding experiences. In recent years, I have volunteered with the Inters club and helped to set up our Connects programme for autistic and neurodivergent adults to forge social connection and find peer support, where I help to moderate and promote our Discord server and monitor its progress.

Hobbies and Interest: I love going out and about with family and friends and dabble in a lot of arts and crafts (I particularly enjoy painting and sketching). I am interested in speculative fiction, science and history.

Favorite Food: Pasta and Pizza

Favorite Film: Star Wars

What do you most love about working at CASPA?: I love the sense of supportive family and common purpose in the CASPA community. Neurodivergence is celebrated and personal growth fostered among an amazing, dedicated bunch of people.

Lucy

Activity Support Worker

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Miranda

Programme Manager

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Miranda trained as a teacher with a drama specialism.  She then became a Primary School teacher, and moved on to teaching drama for a local drama academy, taught drama to SEN adults in Lewisham, taught HND theatre studies, writing for theatre, as well as working for a theatre company facilitating projects within schools on various issues, working in colleges with refugees, on an Entry to Employment programme, as well as performing in theatre and touring productions to schools.

Since 2002 Miranda has worked with CASPA initially as a drama facilitator, then helped Helen with day to day running of the Seniors club before it expanded, ran CASPA Home Ed, and currently still works with the lovely Seniors and is Programme Manager for CASPA Tots.

Although CASPA is only one part of Miranda’s work (she also teaches Phonics to Preschoolers and runs her own drama classes near her home in Tunbridge Wells), she has lived and breathed it for so long it is part of her DNA, and Miranda could not imagine life without CASPA and all the amazing staff, but mostly the wonderful children and young people, and of course warrior parents we meet every week.

Julie

Finance Manager

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I joined the CASPA community in the May 2023 4daysrunning event, a fundraising event running 110 km with many other runners and walkers who believe in the amazing work that CASPA.  I joined as Finance Manager in October 2023 and really enjoy working on with the rest of the Management team on the finance and fundraising, which supports our delivery of clubs and activities. Outside of CASPA,  I am a wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend and community volunteer with Friends of Chislehurst Recreation Ground and Orpington FC.

Hobbies & Interests: Travelling anywhere, most outdoor sport and recreation activities, cooking & wine, reading, seeing live music.

Favourite Food:  Spaghetti carbonara

Favourite Film: Big Chill, 4 Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually

What do you love about working at CASPA?  All the people who make the CASPA community magic happen – the staff, volunteers, members, families, funders!! Such amazing people.

Margaret

Funding & Bid Writer

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My name is Margaret and I work as a Fundraising Officer for CASPA. My job is to apply to trusts and foundations for funding which goes towards the costs of CASPA’s clubs, residential trips, equipment, staff training and more. There is a lot of competition for funding so I get huge satisfaction when I get some, knowing what valuable and life changing work CASPA provides to our members.

Hobbies and Interests: Swimming, eating, holidays, my chihuahua, theme parks, zoos, the beach

Favorite Food: Mexican

Favorite Film: Harry Potter

What do you most love about working at CASPA? I first came into contact with CASPA in 2013 when my son was diagnosed with autism aged 3, and it was the only place where we felt accepted and welcomed as a family. I have made some lifelong friends through CASPA and I wouldn’t have got through the first difficult years without them. I love everything about CASPA and there is no other organisation in the world that I would rather work for!

Karen

Operations Manager

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My name is Karen, I work as the Operations Manager for CASPA.  My job is to make sure that there are systems and processes in place to help make CASPA run smoothly, that there is working IT for the office staff and Program managers to use to help you set up bookings, and complete all the necessary forms etc., and also, a biggie, is to make sure that the Health & Safety processes are all in place to keep everyone safe when using CASPA services.

Hobbies & Interests: Walking my dogs, my grandson, and I run Slimming World clubs so helping people make life changing differences.

Favourite Food: Pretty much anything I love all food!

Favourite Film:  Anything Disney or Pixar

What do you most love about working at CASPA? I really love working with the CASPA everyone here is so lovely.  It feels like every day I work, something better is happening for the members, everyone is so warm and welcoming, and it feels really nice to be able to work for such a worthwhile charity and know my work does something good for members, and not just filling the pockets of a rich boss!

Charlotte

Admin Support

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GET INVOLVED

CASPA is a unique, rapidly growing and award winning charity that was set up in 2002, providing support to autistic children and young people, and also to their families.

You can be part of our fantastic CASPA community in a number of ways.