MEET THE TEAM

Becky Peates

Becky Peates

Charity Manager

 

What made you join TAG?
I was invited! I got to work with some people I had enjoyed working with before, and it felt good knowing that I had a set of skills which would help create a charity with an ethos of quality at its core.

When I’m not working I’d rather be…
Enjoying a sunny day at our beach hut.

When I need some head space I…
Read dreadful, escapist novels (often more than once!)

My super power is…
Being able to find the proverbial needle in a haystack (ie. the things the kids can’t find in the terrible mess that is our house!) 

Tricia Kempton

Tricia Kempton

Parent Support Manager

 

What made you join TAG?
I’ve always enjoyed working with parents of children and young people with additional needs and have done so for 20 years. I’m a parent of a young adult on the autism spectrum so I’ve also had personal lived experience. As one of the founding members of the charity, our aim was to offer increased social opportunities for our young people in our local area combined with professional and understanding support for parents – it is a joy to be working with such a talented team who are making it happen.

When I’m not working I’d rather be…
Putting oil paint onto canvas in an effort to produce something colourful, vaguely recognisable and artistic!

When I need some head space I…
Curl up with a good book, put on some music and hope there’s chocolate.

My super power is…
Making sure our irrepressible black lab Bentley doesn’t star in too many kitchen table or Zoom meetings.

Dawn Kohn

Dawn Kohn

Communications Manager

 

What made you join TAG?
I love working in the area where we live and have raised our own family, including a son on the spectrum. It gives me the chance to share personal experience and knowledge gained over the years with other parents and carers and that feels special because I believe we feel stronger together.

When I’m not working I’d rather be…
On a long woodland or coastal path walk – that includes a break for a cuppa and a piece of cake!

When I need some head space I…
De-clutter and re-organise a drawer or cupboard and enjoy creating a tiny bit of order and calm when the world feels challenging.

My super power is…
Creating a family meal that will feed committed carnivores, a picky eater and a strict vegan.

Ruth Barlow

Ruth Barlow

Clubs Manager

 

What made you join TAG?
I’ve seen what a positive effect it has on young people on the spectrum to have opportunities to get together in a caring and supportive environment so  I jumped at the chance to work with some amazing colleagues to create new social opportunities.

When I’m not working I’d rather be…
Sat on the beach, after having been in for a swim, watching the waves lapping at the shore… ahhh.

When I need some head space I…
I spend some time with my dog, either going for a walk or just enjoying a good back scratch – I meant the dog’s back, but actually that is not a bad idea…

My super power is…
Great courage in the face of an advancing house spider.

Karin Hurst

Karin Hurst

Parent Support Worker and Trainer

What made you join TAG? 

I joined because I wanted to be part of the important work that TAG does. Having personal as well as professional experience of autism, I know what a challenge it can be for everyone involved. It is great to be able to play even a small part in helping families to find ways of making their lives better. 

When I’m not working I’d rather be… 

Going for a long walk in the countryside with family or friends. A flask of coffee and a snack in the rucksack are a must, of course. 

When I need some head space I… 

Go for a run or potter about in the garden. There is never a shortage of weeds to pull out. 

My super power is… 

That I can still do a cartwheel – just about! 

Victoria Rexworthy

Victoria Rexworthy

Parent Support Worker

What made you join TAG? 

I joined TAG after my son was diagnosed as Autistic and wanted to help support parents on the same journey.

When I’m not working I’d rather be… 

Catching up with family and friends or dancing!

When I need some head space I….

Love getting out in the fresh air for a walk, I especially love visiting Cliveden National Trust, it’s my calm place.

My super power is….

Remembering birthdays and reminding others to remember birthdays! I even give family members calenders for Christmas with everyone’s birthdays already written on them!

Amanda Schenk

Amanda Schenk

Art Club Leader

What made you join TAG?

Love sharing my Art skills with my local community

When I’m not working I’d rather be…

Playing in my Art Studio

When I need some head space I…

Take my dog daisy for a walk in the fields or go rock climbing

My super power is…

Juggling a takeaway coffee, dog lead, car keys, phone and a backpack with one hand

Garrick Rahal

Garrick Rahal

Fusion and GAP Club Leader

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Robert Edmunds

Robert Edmunds

Console Gaming Club Worker

What made you join TAG?

The honest answer was an advert in a local paper advertising a job where you get paid to do gaming as a job. Over time it became far more than that.

When I’m not working I’d rather be…

Gaming on my PC, watching movies, or playing tabletop Role Playing Games (RPG’s)

When I need some head space I…

Tend to go for some quiet time to refresh my mind, or write material for RPG’s

My super power is…

Being myself, being relaxed, and caring

Sheryl Malcolm

Sheryl Malcolm

Parent Support Worker

What made you join TAG?

I’m interested in autism and neurodiversity, I enjoy supporting families.

A good friend of mine was leaving TAG and recommended I apply for her job.

When I’m not working I’d rather be…

Outdoors in nature, going for a run, gardening or catching up with friends

When I need some head space I…

I put up my hood, play music and bask in sunshine or mood lighting

My super power is…

Juggling 3 appointment diaries for myself and my family

Tori Azalea

Tori Azalea

Fusion Club Worker and Book-Keeper

What made you join TAG?

I wanted to do some volunteering and TAG was looking for someone to help with console gaming and online RPGs two of my favourite activities so I jumped at the chance to do those, especially with other autistic people. I had a great time helping during the lockdown and online period and have had a fantastic time helping run Dungeons and Dragons and playing games with the young people since we have been back in person.

When I’m not working I’d rather be…

Playing boardgames or table-top role play with my friends

When I need some head space I…

I love to lose myself in computer games or watching documentaries

My super power is…

The ability to split my mind into parts and look at a problem from different angles

Sharon Fallows

Sharon Fallows

Parent Support Worker and Trainer

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Lucy Fudge

Lucy Fudge

GAP Club Worker

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Lee Jones

Lee Jones

Art and GAP Club worker

What made you join TAG?

Having 3 children all with an ASD diagnosis makes we want to give back and help other children and adults on the spectrum to have fun and enjoy being themselves.

When I’m not working I’d rather be…

Playing with my six cats or shopping with my daughter.

When I need some head space I…

Love to go for long walks in the countryside.

My super power is…

Staying calm in any situation.

“Trainers so knowledgeable and friendly – thank you”

“An amazing service”

“Help at last – thank you”