Kurt Schöffer is an entrepreneur with experience in global leadership in the areas of IT, renewable energies and media. After completing his degree in business administration in Regensburg and starting out in controlling, he spent most of his career in leading positions in the computing industry. In 2004 he was nominated ‘Entrepreneur of the year’ by Ernst&Young due to his ongoing commitment to Entrepreneurship. In 2013 the Social Venture Fund introduced him to Auticon. He is intrigued by the idea of social projects in corporate environments, true to the motto: Donating money does good once; investments, active cooperation and knowledge transfer do it again and again. He lives with his family near Munich.
Ray Coyle joined the board of Auticon Limited from Grow Software, a DRM developer for the additive manufacturing sector, where he was CEO. Prior to that, Ray has been a director of Osborne Clarke, the European law firm and the UbiQ Group, an OEM software supplier. Ray is a qualified UK solicitor and has a Masters Degree in Intellectual property law and brings over 20 years of experience in IT and professional services to Auticon. Ray has a longstanding interest in social enterprise and founded the IMPACT team at Osborne Clarke. He also serves as a non-executive director of AltEnergis, an alternative energy tech incubator.
Chief Operating Officer
Viola Sommer is a director of Auticon Ltd and in charge of the company’s operations in the UK. She studied psychology and psychology of education at the University of London, where she specialised in autism. Next to her engagement in various research projects, she spent several years teaching autistic children in inner London. Having a very personal connection to autism, Viola is convinced that conservative ‘deficit-theories’ are outdated and is thrilled that Auticon’s innovative approach fully focuses on autistic skills and strengths.
Head of Business Development
Markus Weber manages and coordinates Auticon’s projects. Next to a degree in Business Administration, Markus has many years of experience in the management of IT projects. After 7 years in one of the world’s largest business consultancies, he is keen to make an impact in a growing enterprise. Markus feels enthusiastic about appointing people on the autism spectrum to complex projects and thus to combine classic consulting with genuine social added value. In his free time he enjoys cycling, is interested in new technologies and looks for adventures.
Job Coach and Recruitment
Antonia Hatzfeldt is Auticon’s first UK-based job coach and looks after our recruitment process. Antonia studied Communication and International Human Resource Management in Vienna and London. During her studies she worked for several companies in the area of HR and communications across Europe and also worked for schools in Myanmar and Munich to support less fortunate teenagers and teenagers with disabilities. At Auticon, Antonia now looks forward to promoting autism-friendly work environments and an increasingly inclusive labour market.
Dr Lisa Harkry
Lisa Harkry is a UK-based Job Coach at Auticon. Lisa has several years of experience in supporting autistic adults into employment in London and is well-connected with autism and employment services across the UK. She previously studied at the University of London where she completed her PhD in autism and employment. At Auticon, Lisa hopes to apply an evidence-based approach to supporting autistic adults in the workplace and is delighted that the Auticon team can promote secure employment opportunities for adults on the autism spectrum.
Richmal Maybank is a UK-based Job Coach at Auticon. As an experienced trainer and speaker, Richmal has been interviewed by the BBC, ITV News, London radio and People Management Magazine to raise awareness of autism and to champion autistic talent in the workforce. She has written and developed CPD accredited autism and recruitment training and has several years of experience in supporting autistic adults into and in employment across the UK, as well as providing consultancy and training to FTSE 100 companies. Previously, she graduated with a BSc Media Production degree and was trained by the BBC. At Auticon, Richmal hopes to inform and inspire employers by sharing her personal knowledge of supporting autistic colleagues in the workplace to promote inclusion and diversity.
Franziska Zeidler is Office Manager at Auticon and provides administrative support to the back office team. She studied sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, focussing on socio-political issues, while also working as an undergraduate student researcher at a community interest company. Franziska has several years of experience working as a nanny for a family with an autistic child. At Auticon, Franziska is hoping to facilitate the change needed for a more autism-positive society.