Gill has worked in the NHS as a registered nurse, health visitor and senior manager. She has many years’ experience working in safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. Gill’s network of professionals within a wide range of organisations helps to develop links and contracts with the NHS, probation, DWP, and local councils. Gill worked as CEO of FIND the parent charity; and along with Kath, developed Matthew’s Hub into the service it is today. Gill works with the Trustee board to ensure the financial sustainability and effective governance of the organisation. She and Kath set the operational objectives; and make sure the growing staff team is well supported.
Kath has many years’ experience working the Health & Social Care Sector with Autistic Adults and Young People. She has lived experience as both a parent and aunt and identifies with the difficulties parents face obtaining the correct support for their children. Kath was instrumental with Gill in setting up and developing Matthew’s Hub, and continues to develop and improve services as need are identified. She has a Health and Social Care diploma, along with a postgraduate qualification in Autism. Kath is passionate about supporting families and Autistic People.
Abbey is a young autistic woman with ADHD. She graduated with a psychology degree in 2019 and has been at the Hub since then. Her roles at Matthew's Hub are providing peer mentoring, employment mentoring and support for young people as well as co-running the women’s social group and helping with projects and research. Abbey enjoys working at Matthew's Hub as she can use her own experiences to help and support other autistic people and work on lots of different meaningful projects. She feels very supported in her role by the other staff.
Angie has an HND in Social Care and a degree in Gender Studies, Sociology & Anthropology, she also has PGSE and Level 5 Leadership & Management qualifications. Angie was diagnosed as autistic in her 40s. She feels that Matthew’s Hub and its staff helped her immensely during the assessment process, and she is grateful to be able to support others in a similar way. Angie has taught for Cornerhouse sexual health service for many years. Currently, she is a member of the Headstart young people’s emotional well-being and resilience peer mentoring project and a peer mentor for Matthew's Hub.
Training and Peer Mentoring Lead
Carl has worked in the field of autism for over 20 years. He has an MA in Autism and is a qualified teacher. Before Carl came to Matthew’s Hub he mentored autistic students at the University of Hull. Carl has been writing autism training for the past 10 years and delivers our acclaimed CPD accredited training package.
Carl is one of the authors of the pioneering neurodivergent text ‘The Neurodiversity Reader’ and is deputy chair of the Hull Autism Partnership Board.
Cat has worked in Special Educational Needs administration for several years, she has hands on experience of working in a day centre for a charitable organisation, alongside supporting adults in improving life skills and general welfare. Cat provides day to day clerical and administrative tasks for the Hub, answers the telephone and describes the support that Matthew’s Hub can provide to potential members and their families. She signposts members appropriately and compassionately. Cat has worked for the Hub since 2018 and enjoys working with such a diverse talented team of individuals, meeting members and seeing them grow and achieve.
Emotional Well-Being Practitioner
Katie joined our team in 2017. She is a Registered Mental Health Nurse. She oversees anything to do with our members Mental Health. If a member needs some support a one to one consultation can be arranged. During the consultation, a plan of support is made based around the members individual needs. If the need is more than low level anxiety/low mood Katie can support members to access other mental health services. Katie offers wellbeing support Zoom groups and hosts weekly Women and young people’s groups. Katie is very creative and sometimes hosts the weekly arts and crafts sessions.
Nicky David Cooper
Housing Related Support Officer
Nicky works in housing support and oversees anything to do with housing. He provides one-to-one support to those accessing housing related support (HRS). HRS can be accessed by anyone who is neurodiverse, the support helps people to look after their home and themselves. Nicky also helps our members with budgeting, making phone calls on their behalf, attending any appointments with them, accessing any appropriate benefits, help to combat social isolation and to acquire alternative accommodation.
Hosts of Creative Writing Programme
After publishing his book, Positively Negative: Putting Negative Thoughts to Good Use, Laurie noticed that writing a book and getting it published is quite a perplexing experience; there is a lot of aspects that are hard to approach as a first-time writer and he put together a 12 week class that aims to give anyone, regardless of background or literary skill, the foundations to writing, completing and publishing their own stories. His background is primarily in marketing and autism advocacy but has academic and hobbyist experience in scriptwriting and story writing.
Nathan has held a diagnosis of Autism for about 5 years and have since gone on to study psychology to Masters level out of interest as much as anything else. He used to love exercising but since COVID-19 has replaced that love with food… lots of food! He has a keen interest in anything technological and books, videogames and movies are a passion bordering on obsession for him! His recent claim to fame is watching all the extended editions of the Lord of the Rings movies back to back… just under 12 hours of TV, and he has no regrets!
Joe Sarrington Smith
I'm diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. I moved to Hull in 2019. I volunteer as a Panel Member with Hull Youth Justice Service whose main aims are preventing youth crime, reducing re-offending and increasing public confidence in the youth justice system. I also work with Humberside Police as an Appropriate Adult, safeguarding the interests, rights, entitlements and welfare of children and vulnerable adults in custody. I'm a member of the Hull Autism Partnership Board. I've received support from Matthew's Hub and know what a fantastic service they offer. I'm very pleased to be a Peer Mentor. I'm happy to be working with people I can relate to, share life experiences and coping mechanisms that have helped me, and which may, in turn, help them.
I graduated from the university of Hull in 2019 and during my time in Hull I fell in love with the city especially the aesthetic of the old town. I'd love nothing more than to get my PhD in psychology but it's a long-term goal indeed. I like to occupy my free time with gaming sessions, now more than ever, because I like to think it sets up a great backdrop for a good conversation with friends.
I have a passion for food from different cultures and learning how food can reflect cultural characteristics (and simply for the love of a good meal). I've been told I have a very formal fashion sense, wearing shirt and trousers as my go to casual clothes, my friends have even remarked that if you see me in shorts, I'm either on holiday or an imposter.