The Autism Trust UK

The key objectives of The Autism Trust are to provide vocational skills to enable 'real world living' and working as an outcome for all those with autism supported by The Autism Trust, to support people with autism to live fulfilling and rewarding lives and to cope with life's challenges through managing their well being, developing social skills and ultimately by eventually providing specialist care based housing solutions. We strive to build futures with purpose for all individuals, regardless of age, ability, race, faith or gender.

The Autism Trust is a registered charity 1117657

Management Team

Polly Tommey - Founder & Chair Person

Polly Tommey founded the trust in 2007 after her middle son Billy was diagnosed with autism. She is also the editor of The Autism File- a bimonthly digital magazine that goes out to over 20,000 subscribers all over the world.

Fiona Ringwood - Deputy Chair Person & Treasurer

Fiona Ringwood


Mo Wilson - General Manager & Trustee

Mo Wilson is the mother of 2 children; her eldest Ryan aged 18 has autism. She is the Manager of Polly’s Place, The Autism Trust in the UK. Mo has a wealth of experience with all aspects of the autistic spectrum, from special diets, biomedical, holistic therapies to Home Educating Ryan for 6 ½ years after 3 SEN Tribunal and a High Court Battle as her son’s advocate. She trained in ABA and VB to use these and RDI techniques to facilitate her son’s communication problems. She now uses those years of her experiences with her son to train individuals with autism in vocational skills at the Sunninghill trust in the UK. She provides many kinds of support for the UK autism community and the artists who sell their art and craft products though the gift boutique and gallery. Mo dedicates all her time to autism and the individuals and families that need her help. She maintains that her son Ryan is her best teacher.


Joanne Watson - Trustee

Joanne Watson started her career in Mobil Oil Company Ltd where she worked in HR and Fuels Marketing.  She is married with two children who were brought up in Belgium and when Joanne’s son Thomas was diagnosed with Autism she decided to opt for home schooling. As a result Joanne has had training and experience in using Son Rise, ABA, VB, Pec’s and RDI.  Joanne and her family currently live in Winchester and Thomas is now 17.  He still struggles with communication and social skills but is a happy young man who enjoys cooking and gardening.  Joanne hopes he can pursue one of these interests as she and her husband look to identifying a suitable college for him.  Joanne joined The Autism Trust as she is passionate about providing productive futures for young people with disabilities.

Allison Edwards - Trustee

Allison Edwards

Simone Lanham - Trustee

Simone Lanham is a New Zealander who's lived in London for 20 years.  She worked in internal and external communications in the banking sector in NZ before coming to London and working as a TV journalist for CNBC and as an Account Director for a PR agency in Covent Garden.  For the past 17 years she's been the owner, director and brand guardian of entertainment company, Incognito Artists, with offices in London and New York, in partnership with her husband, Geoff Sewell.  She co-created and co-managed the world's first opera band, Amici forever, who sold 3.5 million albums worldwide from 2002-2006, and works with her husband on his ongoing solo albums, songwriting, promotional events and concert tours.  She's also a certified health coach, through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York, qualifying in March, 2016.  She's mum to two precious girls, one of whom has autism and after years of early intervention is now in 'managed recovery'.

UK members of Junior Board

David Wilson

David Wilson, 18 from Surrey, is a dedicated younger brother to Ryan who has autism, age 19 years. He raises money for The Autism Trust by selling his photographs in Polly's Place and volunteering at events as well as serving on the Junior Board.


Tom Rodwell

Tom Rodwell is a 21 year old English student at King’s College London. Tom’s younger brother Sam, who is now 17, has had severe autism since Tom can remember and can only communicate non-verbally. Tom has written articles for the Autism File magazine as well as appearing on the Autism Media channel. He is thrilled to join the Junior Board and wants to engage more within the autism community in a variety of ways and is excited for the possibilities the future holds for him and his family.


Charlie Edwards

Charlie Edwards is a 20 year old business student at University of Birmingham. Charlie’s younger brother Jonathon, 16, has severe autism. A long standing relationship with The Autism Trust and the Autism Media Channel has given Charlie the chance to become a part of the autism community through articles, blog entries and appearances on the Autism Media Channel. Being a part of the Junior Board was a great honour for Charlie and he is looking forward to taking the next steps in helping the Junior Board's future endeavours. Charlie is pleased to be doing an internship year at IBM.


Our Volunteers - Polly's Place Angels

Linda Hanvey - Shop Assistant

Linda has been volunteering at Polly's Place for about a year now and loves the friendly and welcoming atmosphere created by the staff and the students. she enjoys working in the shop chatting to customers about our fantastic products made by our very talented Artists, ASD students and their friends and families. 

In the short time she has been volunteering she said she has witness the fantastic progress of the students working towards their ASDAN qualification, mainly in their confidence and interaction with each other. 


Cathy Alloway - ASDAN - Internal Assessor

Cathy has extensive experience working with young people with special needs at mutiple educational establishments. She is keen to use her experience to benefit and help young adults achieve their full potential.


Sue Champion -Art Teacher (Crafternoon Tutor)

Special needs art teacher Sue Champion kindly comes to give art sessions to autism families or individuals. She has worked with young people on the spectrum for many years and knows the benefit of art for them.



Welcome to The Autism Trust and Polly's Place Shop & Gallery, A Vocational training & support centre for Individuals with autism & families. All products and art are crafted by individuals with autism, or the families and supporters.

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