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Mark Williams – Head of Service

Mark commenced his role as Head of Service of Kinsale in July 2013. Prior to arriving at Options Autism, Mark had managed and operated Children’s Homes and Schools in the independent sector at a senior level for 10 years. Mark started working in children’s social care after having led a successful 20 year career in the police service. He has a wide range of experience and skills in managing care and education services for looked after children with complex needs. Since starting at Kinsale Mark has been instrumental in the continued development of the school and care provision the service offers young people.

Lydia Swinton – Head Teacher

Lydia took up the post of Head Teacher at Kinsale in November 2019, following working for the service since July 2019 as an education consultant.  Lydia has 19 years experience in working in special education, including 10 years at management level. She has a BSc in Psychology, QTS, an MA in Special and Inclusive Education, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Research and Professional Studies in Education.

Becky Farmer – Operations / Registered Manager

Becky has worked at Options Kinsale for over 12 years and leads the Autism Practice within the service. Becky has worked through the care service starting as a practitioner back in 2007 to becoming a member of the senior management team in 2013. Becky has a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies and qualifications in the following NVQ 3 Health and Social Care, BTEC in Speech and Language Therapy Assistant, Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management. ILM & IOSH certificates, Diploma in TISUK – Trauma Informed Schools and is currently completing a QCF level 4 in Advice & Guidance.

 Mel Ramm – Admin Manager

Mel joined Options Autism in 2007 during the development stages of Options Kinsale and has been influential in the development of the service. She has over 25 years experience within the Administration/Training and Business Management sectors. Mel holds qualifications in ILM Management Level 5 and the CIPD Certificate in Human Resource Practice Level 3.

Freya Spicer-White – Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead

Freya joined the Clinical Team in January 2020. Freya obtained her BSc Psychology from the University of Manchester in 2004 and then achieved 5 years of practical experience in community and residential mental health services.  She completed her Clinical Psychology Doctorate in 2012 from Bangor University, with her final year specialising in autism assessment and intervention. Upon qualifying Freya worked within the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board for 8 years, in various posts including Principal Clinical Psychologist for the North Wales Integrated Autism Service and Clinical Lead for the East Neurodevelopmental Team.

Freya has a professional and personal interest in Neurodiversity and has spoken at the Welsh Government Neurodevelopmental National steering group, 1000 Lives Improvement Public Health Wales Neurodevelopmental Conference and National Autism Conference- Promoting Autistic Wellbeing.

Our own on site clinical team, includes: Clinical Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Psychotherapist, Assistant Psychologist.

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