Wirral autism charity makes significant additions to leadership team

Specialist support charity Autism Together has made three recent senior appointments, bolstering its Leadership Team.

Firstly, Christina Davies has stepped up from Financial Controller to become Director of Finance, replacing retiring director Louise Parnell.

Christina has enjoyed a successful career with Autism Together, joining the organisation in 2009, growing her skills and experience within the Finance Team before progressing to director level.

Christina, a qualified Chartered Global Management Accountant, is passionate about using her skill set to contribute to the continued growth of the organisation, championing business partnering and empowering her team to achieve.

Christina said, “I am very proud to have become a director at Autism Together. I look forward to using the knowledge and experience I have built up in my 15 years working within this wonderful charity to help the Executive Team succeed with their exciting vision for our organisation.”

From its base in Bromborough, Autism Together cares for autistic people of all ages, with around 800 staff providing residential, supported living, and day services to over 400 autistic adults, and support to many more families across the region.

Christina’s appointment comes alongside two important new senior additions to the charity, with Paul Alcock becoming Head of Learning Culture, and Josie McKeown the new Head of People Services.

Paul joins the organisation following a background in teaching. He has begun building a positive culture for both internal and external training to thrive in – ensuring learning is more accessible and appropriate, personalising the learning experience for staff, and championing personal and professional development through learning.

Josie’s career in human resources has seen her manage both customer service and personnel departments for over 10 years. Working mainly in the North-West charity sector, her previous role was Head of People & Culture at Woodlands Hospice in Liverpool. Josie is passionate about engendering a workforce that feels truly supported, within a business that delivers excellent training and opportunities for growth.

Richard Whitby, CEO of Autism Together, said, “It’s fantastic to see these significant senior appointments now in place. With the support of Christina, Paul, and Josie, we can continue to take important steps forward in achieving our exciting five-year strategic vision for the organisation – to invest in our people, redefine our charitable purpose, develop our estate portfolio, grow our services, create a community learning culture, and deliver continuous improvement.”

Image: (L-R) Josie McKeown, Head of People Services; Paul Alcock, Head of Learning Culture; and Christina Davies, Director of Finance

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