Back Office Team

Andrea Girlanda

Chief Executive Officer

Andrea joined auticon in 2019 to oversee business development.  He has extensive experience in IT solution sales, working for global technology and media companies specialising in advertising, business process automation, collaborative product development and systems integration. His core strength and passion is building long-term, trust-based client relationships and is delighted to be able to put his skills towards helping auticon consultants fulfill their true career potential.

Patrick Cooper

Consulting Director

Patrick joined auticon in 2018, and is responsible for managing the consultant team and developing the relationships with our strategic accounts. Before joining auticon he most recently worked for a large national charity, and brings with him experience from a technology career that has spanned the private, public, and social sectors. He studied actuarial science and computer science in Toronto, and has an MBA from London Business School. He’s enjoying the opportunity to apply his enthusiasm for technology and a passion for data to the benefit of auticon and its clients.

Steve Hill

Commercial Director

Steve joined auticon in 2021 as Commercial Director, responsible for business development, marketing and strategic growth. Steve has started and sold several businesses as well as having had senior roles in large global tech companies and Formula 1,  focussed primarily around data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Steve’s experience in the technology innovation sector has developed his passion for using tech to drive change in non-academic complementary curriculums and neuro-diverse education by publishing a series of audio books for children.

Rebecca Hügenberg

HR Manager

Rebecca provides HR support to auticon. In 2019 she graduated with an M.Sc. in Organisational Psychology from the University of London. Before joining auticon, she worked in HR and recruitment. Most recently she placed overseas nurses into European healthcare systems. With a very personal connection to autism, Rebecca aspires to help create healthy and inclusive workplaces that build on the strengths of diverse employees.

Kirsty Cook

Head of Neurodiversity Inclusion Services 

Kirsty joined auticon in 2018 as a Job Coach supporting our IT Consultants, putting her past corporate career, performance coaching experience, positive psychology diploma and yoga teaching for wellbeing into practice. After becoming Lead Job Coach, she has also been part of the global team that launches our new country-offices, helping them to set-up their recruitment and coaching practices for consultants. Kirsty loves to see and be a part of driving change, particularly when a positive social impact is at the heart of it.

Russell Botting

Lead Job Coach

Russell is a UK-based job coach at auticon. Russell has a background in clinical psychology. After completing a BSc in psychology and a Masters (MSc) in neuropsychology, Russell worked for the NHS in specialist autism services, delivering psychological intervention for mental health difficulties, as well as administering cognitive and diagnostic assessments. At auticon, Russell hopes to utilise his experience of delivering autism training to inform and educate prospective employers. Russell also aims to apply his knowledge of autism and psychological approaches to deliver person-centred support which empowers autistic colleagues to thrive within the job market, whilst promoting their emotional well-being.

Clementina Galli-Zugaro

Job Coach 

Seeking a context in which she could firstly foster people’s personal growth by engaging in long-term one-on-one relationships, and secondly contribute to creating a meaningful impact in the world, Clementina joined auticon in 2019 to initially oversee the recruitment process, and has now transitioned into the job coach role. Clementina studied psychology in Bath and later organisational psychology in the Netherlands, and has worked in various areas, from behavioural finance to mental health research, and more recently knowledge working and learning consulting all over Europe, while co-authoring a book on communicative leadership. The most exciting aspect of auticon’s mission to her is the combination of empowering exceptional often underestimated individuals to work and thrive, while delivering top-notch quality to clients.

Lee Hutchison

Job Coach 

Lee is a UK-based job coach at auticon working in Edinburgh who has significant experience delivering one to one support to those with mental health barriers, that are neurodiverse and have other disabilities and health conditions in education, employment, and health settings. Lee has previously worked in supported employment helping people with disabilities and health conditions into work and retaining it. Lee worked on a range of digital Autism projects working with the Scottish Government and educational providers to deliver upskilling, employment, and further education opportunities. Lee has also supported Autistic individuals for several years previously at College and Universities as a student support worker.

Tracey West

Job Coach 

Tracey  joined auticon in October 2021 and is thoroughly enjoying her role as a UK-based job coach. She previously worked for parliament as the Diversity and Inclusion Lead in Visitor Services as a Tour Guide mainly for LGBT+, BAME or disabled guests.  In lockdown she became a Careers Coach and enjoyed this aspect of her role that she decided to move to auticon and make job coaching her main role.

She lives with Bipolar Disorder, is a mental health advocate and has four children.

Emma Walker

Regional Manager, Scotland

Emma is leading and growing our team in Scotland, responsible for current projects, business development and job coaching. Emma’s background is predominantly in HR, working as an HR professional across a variety of sectors. In addition to this, Emma has both worked as an IT contractor and has also been an Account Manager for an IT Consultancy, so has a good understanding of both sides of the consultancy market. With a personal interest in autism, Emma undertook a qualification in Understanding Autism, which has broadened her understanding and paved her way for a career working with people on the autism spectrum.

Maria Hamilton

International Training Programme Lead

Working with auticon’s existing and new clients, Maria is responsible for leading auticon group’s training programme and in ensuring that the service continually evolves to enable clients to work confidently with neurodivergent colleagues and recruit new neurodivergent talent.She works with the group’s senior leadership team and key stakeholders in managing global programmes and supporting local initiatives.Maria has worked in commercial and operational roles for major organisations and has voluntary and applied experience in diversity and inclusion, supporting neurodivergent individuals.With personal connections to autism, she gained applied autism and coaching accreditations later in her career and passionately advocates for increasing neurodivergent talent within the workplace.

Amber Canham

Recruitment Lead

Amber joined auticon in 2021 to oversee the recruitment process, supporting applicants from their first enquiry all the way to the final stages of recruitment. Her background has been primarily in the social care sector and government funding; working as an agency recruiter, internal recruiter, and career adviser. Since joining the company she has been amazed at the great culture, values, and support provided. Amber wants to use her skills to reach candidates and assist them in successfully gaining a rewarding career with auticon.

Franziska Zeidler

Head of Operations

Franziska joined auticon in 2017, and is responsible for managing activities across various functions such as day-to-day operational systems, impact measurement and finances. She has a degree in Sociology as well as Visual Sociology, where she primarily focussed on socio-political issues, while also working as a researcher at a community interest company. At auticon, Franziska is hoping to facilitate the change needed for a more autism-positive society but also for employers to realise that an inclusive and diverse workplace is beneficial to everyone involved and that being part of a neuro-inclusive work environment is an enriching experience.