Triple A Leadership

Image (Left to Right): Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall, Helen Storey (Founder), David Peacock OBE (President), Karen Quinn (Vice-Chair).

Diversity in Leadership

Triple A is comprised of many parts which help to mould and shape our direction and vision. We are very proud of our diverse leadership team which ensure we are meeting our core mission principles of supporting autistic adults right across Cumbria and providing a great service to our users and trainees. In order to do this effectively we have appointed a President and Board of Trustees to oversee the charity’s governance, and a Chief Officer to manage the day-to-day running.

Chair of Trustees

Sheila Gregory

Sheila first started working with people with autism and learning disabilities 47 years ago as a student volunteer.

She then worked for the British Deaf Association for 13 years. She was their marketing and publication manager.  For the last 23 years she was the Chief Officer of Carlisle Mencap. Carlisle Mencap is one of the biggest local Mencap societies in the UK. Whilst at Mencap she was responsible for development of the Cumbria Autism Family Support project which supports the families of young people with autism across the county. She was also responsible for the creation of the Grace Little Children’s centre. Sheila has vast experience of providing services for people with disabilities, managing large staff teams and budgets running into millions of pounds per annum.

Sheila retired from work in June 2021. She still takes an interest in the voluntary sector and is a board member for Cumbria CVS. Sheila enjoys fellwalking, birdwatching and gardening in her spare time.


Jules McDonald

Julia (Jules) McDonald is the Deputy Head Teacher at Sandgate Special School in Kendal. Julia has worked in the world of Special Educational Needs for 20 years. Early on in her career as a Primary School Teacher, she discovered a love for working with students who were a little different. She then went on to work at a Special School where she discovered Autism. She was inspired and so began her MA in Autism (distance learning) with the University of Birmingham.

Prior to joining Sandgate, Julia worked as a Specialist Autism Teacher managing a Strategic Provision for Autism in South Cumbria. Julia is still passionate about supporting people with Autism and so joined the Triple A team as a trustee in 2018.


Ken Ford-Powell

Ken Powell is a former classroom teacher and trainer who has worked all around the world. He is also a writer of several books. He has lived between Cumbria and Bangladesh for more than twenty years with his family.

He continues to tutor students, write books and help schools in Asia improve the quality of education in their communities and currently lives in St Bees.


Eileen Kirby

Eileen Kirby has a background in probation, education, children’s services, adult social care and health and currently works with the Transfer of Care Hub at the Cumberland Infirmary.

She lives in Cumbria with her family and is a parent of an autistic young adult.

Eileen is passionate about supporting and empowering autistic individuals to reach their full potential and encouraging a greater understanding amongst employers of the benefits of working with autistic individuals.


Andrew Asquith-Vallance

Andrew joined Triple-A as a Trustee in January 2022

Honorary President

Rev. Canon. Dr David Peacock OBE

David Peacock is a former Principal of Whitelands College and Pro-Rector of the University of Surrey Roehampton (now the University of Roehampton).

On his retirement in 2000, he was appointed a member and subsequently Chair of the then Cumbria Probation Board. He went on from there to found Cumbria Reducing Offending Partnership Trust (CROPT), a voluntary organisation providing community support and a range of services for offenders and ex-offenders across Cumbria.

He is a Church of England ordained clergyman.


Nick Rosenthal

Nick Rosenthal joined Triple A in March 2022 as our new part-time Chief Executive. Nick is working two days a week for Triple A.

Nick brings a blend of business leadership skills, organisational expertise and insight into autism. He ran his own translation company for 30 years, and also chaired the board of his professional body at a time of change. Nick is a qualified autism awareness trainer, and represented the Greater Manchester Autism Consortium on one of the pilot schemes for the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training scheme, where he was involved in co-production and delivery of autism awareness training to healthcare staff and social care staff. He also brings experience as a former trustee for another autism charity.