Resources for Autism provide practical services for children and adults with a diagnosis of autism and for those who love and care for them.

All our staff and volunteers are autism trained and our services are designed to be welcoming and accepting of users, whatever their level of need and support.

We are constantly developing new projects and are always happy to hear from anyone who would like a tailored provision from us.

Meet Our Leaders

Dolyannna Mordochai

CEO

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Dolyanna joined Resources for Autism as CEO in January 2020. She brings vast strategic and operational management experience in the voluntary and statutory sectors spanning across Mental Health, Social Care and Education.

During the last 15 years she held senior roles in large children’s charities such as NSPCC and Norwood, developing special interest in Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing, as well as in Special Educational Needs and/or Autism.

Dolyanna is passionate about authentic leadership and creating a work environment where people can feel safe to be themselves and to thrive. To her, this is the only way one can bring positive and sustainable change to the lives of those in our society most in need due to trauma, disability or any form of exclusion.

Catherine Ely

Head of Quality and Service Development

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Catherine lives in North London with her daughter. Catherine has been working in the SEN field for 30 years and has spent most of that time specialising in autism. She has worked in a variety of settings mostly for Barnet council – FLASC manager, Play Team, Education Mapledown School and the family support team. Catherine joined RFA in 2004 and has enjoyed growing and developing along with the organisation.

Catherine’s ethos is the pursuit of happiness and acceptance for all people with autism. She believes that Play is intrinsic to us all and this remains her passion for wellbeing and sense of self. Believing that if we can achieve some happiness and feel accepted by the world around us then the rest will come.

Catherine also is the lead for safeguarding at RFA and has specialist knowledge in SRE and Mental Health (personality disorders, anxiety and anorexia).

Maria Baldwin

Head of Workforce

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Maria joined RfA in December 2017. She brings with her a background of European Languages studies and politics, having lived and worked abroad as an interpreter and translator as well as being part of the numerous third sector charities and NGOs in a variety of roles but always with the focus on staff and volunteer recruitment and their engagement. Her focus at RfA as Head of Workforce is that of staff and volunteer wellbeing, recruitment, retention and training. Maria also ensures the smooth running of all central functions of the organisation by working closely with the Business Manager and admin team.

Iris Korczyn

Head of Service (London)

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Iris has been a part of Resources for Autism since 2010. She originally joined as a volunteer but quickly became a part of the team; having since been involved in setting up and running a range of services.  

Iris brings a broad background of experiences in Education, special needs and psychology. She has worked across a range of services, both voluntary and statutory, supporting individuals with special needs and poor mental health. Iris has developed an interest in providing care for individuals holistically by looking at their circumstances, and the needs of their family in relation to their strengths.

Laky Sahota

Head of Service (West Midlands)

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Laky has been part of the Resources for Autism team since 2011. He is an inspiring leader and an accomplished project manager. He has extensive experience working within the public and voluntary sector. He is qualified in community, play and youth studies and holds a range of leadership and management qualifications. Laky is passionate about children’s play and has lived experience with autism. As head of service, Laky’s key role is to oversee all services and developments within the West Midlands region.

Davina Feder

Head of Behaviour Support and Training

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Davina has been a part of Resources for Autism since joining as a playworker in 2005. Over the last 15 years she has worked across a variety of settings within the autism sector including education, social care, early intervention, adult services and other national autism charities. Davina has a passion for autism and behaviour which comes directly from her hands on experience with autistic individuals of all ages and needs. Davina has completed a Positive Behaviour Support certification and is also one of Resources for Autism’s qualified Team Teach trainers. Davina is also a qualified therapeutic counsellor specialising in integrative art and has a special interest in providing this for adolescents with autism / additional needs.

Rajan Thevasagayam

Finance Manager

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Rajan Thevasagayam is our Finance Manager who has joined our team on a part time basis. He is a qualified Chartered Certified accountant who has over thirty five years of audit and accountancy experience in many different sectors such as auditing, banking, retailing and for the last 14 years has been working in the charity sector including  a  9 year role as  head of finance of a major international charity. He has also worked in both Sri Lanka and UK.
Dimitra Filippou

Head of Income

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Dimitra joined Resources for Autism as Head of Income in September 2020. She brings a valuable combination of experience in service development and operations alongside being a specialist in fundraising and income generation for charities, NGOs and Foundations in the UK and Europe. During the last 11 years she held senior roles in national charities such as Victim Support, Age UK, Citizens Advice and Private Foundations. Dimitra is also a Coaching Psychologist specialising in resilience and well-being and an RSA and Clore Social Leadership Fellow with an interest in servant leadership.

Hugh Anderson

Therapies Manager

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Hugh joined RfA in 2016 after training as a music therapist at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. From 2008-2016 he held a variety of roles within mainstream and special education as a music teacher, youth worker and workshop facilitator. Alongside his individual and group work with RfA service users, Hugh continues to introduce different musical and improvisational experiences to the wider RfA community with experiential parent support groups, staff training, open mic nights and online staff jamming sessions!