Patrons of TRACKS autism

Personnel

Jane Asher

Jane Asher

Jane Asher is an actress, author and businesswoman. She has worked in film, theatre and radio since she was 5 years old and has also written over a dozen books, including cookery books and three best-selling novels. Her shop in Chelsea sells bespoke cakes, and a vast selection of baking and decorating equipment on line. Jane’s work in the charity sector is well respected. She is President of Parkinson’s UK, of the National Autistic Society and of Arthritis Care; Vice President of Autistica; Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust; Friend for Life, Terrence Higgins Trust and a Patron of many other organizations. She is a judge every year of the Guardian charity awards and of the patisserie section of the Annual Awards of Excellence for the Academy of Culinary Arts

Baroness Howarth OBE

Baroness Howarth OBE

Baroness Howarth joined the House of Lords in 2001 and speaks on health, social care and consumer issues. She has a particular interest in children and is secretary to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children. A social worker by background, she completed her local government career as a director of social services, then developed the charity ChildLine into a national organisation. Her work in the voluntary sector includes holding the position of senior vice president of Livability, working with disabled people, and patron of both Little Hearts Matter, working for children born with half a heart, and TRACKS autism. She has been the vice chair of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation dealing with sex abuse for almost twenty years.

Lady Hobson OBE

Lady Hobson OBE

Lady Hobson, was made OBE for services to ballet and philanthropy, in particular supporting the Royal Opera House and its ballet productions and tours. She is a a keen supporter of the Royal Ballet’s Chance to Dance scheme which gives free classes and tickets to children who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity.

Revd Canon Roger Royle

Revd Canon Roger Royle

Born just before the beginning of World War II, Roger’s life has been dominated by coping with the Church of England as a priest, dealing with the BBC as a broadcaster and serving the world of woman’s magazines as a writer. In between times he has drawn gained much from being chaplain at two schools, one of which was for youngsters with physical disabilities. Through these youngsters, their parents and the staff, Roger was introduced to the world of disabilities, its strengths and it’s frustrations and so he was more that pleased when he was asked to become a Patron of TRACKS autism in order to support those who through autism are experiencing similar frustrations and strengths.