Back Office Team
Chief Executive Officer
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 people 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 Having a very personal connection to autism, Viola is convinced that conservative ‘deficit-theories’ are outdated and is thrilled that auticon’s innovative approach fully focuses on autistic skills and strengths.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
Andrea Girlanda 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 fulfil their true career potential.
HR & Engagement Manager
With experience in HR, Training, Operations Management and Management Coaching Rachel’s previous roles have been varied, but always people focussed. She has spent many years working for organisations that support people to move from unemployment into work and learned a great deal from the experience. She saw the life changing impact that work can have on people’s lives. But also, the obstacles so often placed between people and work, between organisations and talent, by “traditional” recruitment and working practices. Rachel is excited to have joined a company proving that doing these things differently makes business sense. She is looking forward to contributing to creating a truly enriching career journey for auticon’s exceptional people.
Strategic Accounts Director
Patrick Cooper 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.
Head of Recruitment/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 oversee the recruitment process during Antonia’s maternity leave, and later transition 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 to consult 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.
Lead Job Coach
Kirsty Cook leads the job coach team at auticon. After her degree in Journalism, Kirsty’s career has been in content, media and PR within the financial services and technology sector. During her career, she has shared industry trends as a spokesperson at conferences, on radio and live television. Kirsty will bring her practice as a performance coach into auticon to encourage our consultants to fulfil their potential, as well as her yoga teaching and mindfulness training to motivate and inspire physical and mental wellbeing. At auticon, Kirsty will actively support and champion the neurodiverse community, working towards a better understanding and more active inclusion in society.
Adam Goldman is a UK-based job coach at auticon. He practised as a solicitor for many years before setting up a legal training and consultancy business. He spent 5 years volunteering for a Human Rights organisation and has personal connections with autism. Adam has extensive management experience and has become increasingly convinced that, for businesses to flourish in a rapidly changing world, they need to engage a broad and diverse range of minds.
Russell Botting 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.
After graduating in Law, Anisa spent some time teaching english as a foreign language in South Korea and then as an intern in Singapore. In February 2017, she began working for Project Search, a programme of supported internships at Whipps Cross as a mentor. She was so inspired by the practical outcomes of the project that she began working for the same project at Charing Cross Hospital soon after as a job coach. Anisa has high aspirations for autistic people, and her aim is to empower and support our consultants in their auticon careers.
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.
Franziska Zeidler is Operations Manager at auticon and provides operational support to the back office team. She studied sociology as well as visual sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, focussing on socio-political issues, while also working as a 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.