Owen Walker
Leeds Autism AIM Manager


Owen is our Team Manager. Owen helps to oversee the AIM team and service as a whole. He previously worked as our Volunteer Coordinator, helping to support both our volunteers and people in mentoring matches.

Owen is also involved in our development work around employment.

Chris Hattrell 
Deputy Manager


Chris is the Deputy Manager for Leeds Autism AIM and coordinates the post-diagnostic service. Chris joined AIM originally as a volunteer and has 8 years of experience working with and for autistic adults. During this time, he has supported social groups, been a skills mentor, support worker/personal assistant and mentor for a number of different charities and organisations.

In his spare time, Chris is crafting code for his next software project, skating around Leeds and gaming.

He has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and an MA in Autism Studies and aims to balance the academic against the real-world and lived experiences of autistic people to better support them.

Trudi Longbottom
Health Access Deputy Manager


Trudi is currently Deputy Manager for our Health Access Project. Her role involves overseeing that project, including peer support and meeting with GP surgeries to help make them more accessible for autistic patients.

Beth MacDonald 
Volunteer Coordinator


Beth is our Volunteer Coordinator. Her role involves supporting our Mentoring work, as well as helping to create new volunteering roles within our service.

Before joining us, Beth worked for a local mental health charity.

Luke Aylward
Information Officer


Luke does all of our info, including our newsletters, social media and this website. He also works on resources such as our self-advocacy tools and facilitates our Peer Support and Co-Design Groups on Zoom.

Luke is also Communications and Network Officer for The Advonet Group. He has a degree in Journalism and was once chair of Leeds Asperger Adults, a support group that meets regularly in Leeds.

Away from work, Luke is the co-host of the Audible Autism podcast.

Dr Gill Loomes-Quinn
Peer Development Worker


Gill is our Peer Development Worker. She works mainly on the Post-Diagnostic Service and co-facilitates our Women-Aligned Group.

Gill is an autistic socio-legal scholar-activist with a background in community advocacy. She worked for several years as an autism-specific advocate in West Yorkshire, and has taught and published (e.g. Quinn, 2009 and Loomes, 2018) on the development of good practice for autism advocacy – notably with the University of Birmingham, where she held a teaching fellowship for several years and with which she maintains close links.

Gill also has experience as a research consultant for International Non-Governmental Organisations and voluntary sector bodies – including the Autism Education Trust, the International Disability Rights Monitor, and Inclusion London. Her recent scholarly publications address topics relating to autism as a social identity, “autistic feminism”, and the role of research participation and collaboration on the politics of autistic rights. She also has research interests in mental capacity law and the work of the Court of Protection and is particularly interested in the impact of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 on autistic people and autistic community.  

Gill is also co-director of the Open Justice Court of Protection Project which was awarded the prize for “Mobilising Research into Action” in the 2021 Real Impact Awards. She is also proud to be a convener of the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC).  

Gill tweets regularly @GillLoomesQuinn (having established a community of autistic scholars under the hashtag #AutisticsInAcademia).  

Georgia Holden-Burnett
Deputy Manager, Mental Health Equity Project


Georgia is the Deputy Manager of the Mental Health Equity Project service.

Their role entails creating autism-specific resources, developing and delivering training, as well as co-facilitating peer support sessions.

Previously, they studied a Philosophy and Politics BA, as well being a founding committee member of the Leeds University Union’s Neurodivergent Society and being an elected member of University of East Anglia Student Union’s Environmental and Ethical Committee.

David Radford
Hub Support Worker


David is our Hub Supporter. He helps out around our Hub sessions, greeting visitors and helping them with things such as filling out forms. David also does some of our admin work.

Lex Ragaliauskas
Peer Development Worker


Lex is one of the newest members of our team. She works on our Health Access Project and in our post-diagnostic support service, providing one-to-one support and supporting with resources and training.

Before joining us, Lex worked as a support worker.

Kelsie Easterby
Client Referrals Worker


Kelsie has recently joined our team, helping to process referrals from people to our service. Her job involves sorting out appointments, responding to queries and arranging meetings between Leeds Autism AIM staff and new clients.