We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Carol Homden as our new Chair of Trustees.
Carol Homden is Chief Executive of the Thomas Coram Foundation for Children (Coram), the UK’s first children’s charity, and has for the last five years been Chair of The Avenues Trust, which provides support to people with learning difficulties across the South East.
Educated at Shrewsbury High School for Girls and the University of East Anglia, where she obtained a PhD in contemporary drama, Carol spent her early career in journalism, publishing and higher education marketing.
She then became the first Director of Marketing and Public Affairs of The British Museum and later the Commercial Director of The Prince’s Trust, where she was responsible for all aspects of income generation.
Married with two sons, the eldest of whom has autism, Carol brings extensive professional experience in the charity sector combined with direct personal experience of the condition.
The appointment was made following a lengthy recruitment procedure which, for the first time in the charity’s history, involved a panel of people with autism meeting with the potential candidates for the role of Chair of Trustees.
Carol will take up her appointment in the near future at a date mutually convenient to herself and the outgoing Chair, Colin Barrow.
Commenting on her appointment, new Chair of Trustees, Dr Carol Homden, said:
“The National Autistic Society is a leading voice for all of us who experience the impact of autism.
“It is a privilege to be selected as Chair to lead the Board at this time of change and challenge.
“I am looking forward to working with staff, members and all those who can support us to advance greater public understanding and make an even bigger difference through our services and partnerships.”
Commenting on behalf of The National Autistic Society, outgoing Chair of Trustees, Colin Barrow, said:
“The Trustees are delighted that Dr. Carol Homden has accepted our invitation to join the Board as its Chair.
“Her extensive experience of the sector along with her personal experience of autism will be of enormous benefit to our work not only as a provider of education and housing services, but also as a campaigning organisation for people with autism and their families.”
Read about the process we used to appoint our new Chair of Trustees.