Triple A Leadership
Image (Left to Right): Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall, Helen Storey (Chief Officer), David Peacock OBE (President), Karen Quinn (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 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.
Karen Quinn is the Senior Project Manager for the National Autistic Society (NAS). She is responsible for the project delivery and reprovision of Services across NAS’s Adult and Education Services. Prior to this, she served as an Officer in the Royal Air Force and was deployed on operations. Karen has a Masters degree in Social Policy & Law. She was delighted when Helen approached her about becoming a Trustee for Triple A.
A qualified outdoor instructor, Karen seeks to encourage others on the autistic spectrum to get out on the hills and is extremely proud to volunteer with Triple A’s Duke of Edinburgh programme.
As an autistic person, Karen is passionate about helping raise awareness and working towards reducing the inequalities and challenges faced by autistic individuals. She hopes that her experience as a Presiding Judge with an autism diagnosis can help highlight the issues faced by autistic people as they attempt to navigate the criminal justice system.
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.
Murray lives in Appleby, having escaped from Lancashire some 17 years ago. His wife, Jackie, and he moved here when their 3 children were very young, but not before 2 of them had been diagnosed as on the autistic spectrum and they have combined the usual challenges of parenthood with some special and additional ones.
Murray’s working background has been in retailing/fundraising in large charities, most especially Oxfam, where he spent the bulk of his career in a broad variety of disciplines. Murray held some senior roles and was instrumental in some fundamental change, in particular re-empowering the core volunteer activists.
For 7 years, his day job was running the Youth Zone in Carlisle – where he first met our CEO, Helen, and they shared an interest in the issues facing those living with autism. As Helen developed the concept of Triple A, Murray introduced her to his eldest, Harry, who has been involved from the very early days.
Murray was delighted when Helen approached him to take on a trustee role as the charity was established, and try to use the experience he had of working in and running charities to influence the development of this very special and very exciting organisation.
In his leisure time, you will generally find Murray and Jackie on their narrowboat exploring the waterways of the country, or, when at home, Murray can often be found in the garage working on something involving wood.
Daniella is an autistic individual that began volunteering for Triple A in 2018. Unable to work full time, following a serious brain operation, Daniella was keen to contribute as a volunteer. She became a trustee in 2019. Daniella has a mixed background of prior experience working as a support worker, an outdoor pursuits instructor, a lifeguard and a swimming teacher as well as volunteering as a Sunday school teacher and a youth worker.
Daniella is passionate about helping the people who need help but don’t ‘tick the right boxes’ for being able to access the help they need. She wants to educate people about autism in an accessible fun way and eliminate the stigma and false myths behind autism so that people understand that, in the right environment, autism is a strength.
Dave is a qualified Clinical Psychologist with 25 years experience of supporting autistic people and people with learning disabilities across the life span. Dave has a psychology degree, a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Masters Degree in the study of autism. Dave is passionate and enthusiastic to understand and promote the needs of all autistic people.
As a former chair of governors in a Cumbrian Primary school Dave has effectively promoted the inclusion agenda and is keen to support the development of services for autistic people that are robust, resilient and fit for purpose. Dave’s moto in life is work hard play hard and learn something new every day. Dave is committed to the work and ethos of the Triple A project and has been a trustee since spring 2020.
Jonna is the Treasurer for the trustee panel at Triple A. He is a father of 5 boys, one of whom is autistic and also has severe learning difficulties, and whom inspired the mission behind Triple A.
He is also a freelance IT technician and web developer working in Penrith, Cumbria and helps to support Triple A in their digital work with website support and print design.
Over the past 26 years, Helen Storey has devised and delivered projects aimed at making a difference for those who are disadvantaged or marginalized, which has included disability, homelessness, substance misuse, offenders, and ex-offenders.
Helen is the founder and CEO of Triple A (All About Autism), which she established in 2017. Triple A works towards eradicating the inequalities, challenges, and difficulties by working with autistic adults. This is mainly about supporting individuals to understand how autism affects them and to help negotiate the environment.
Triple A offers a bridge of understanding between the autistic and non-autistic worlds. Helen has a passion to promote and demonstrate the strengths of autism and to encourage equitable opportunities and access particularly in relation to recreational and employment prospects.
Helen was the 2019 recipient of the Peter Scott Award for outstanding contribution to charity https://www.fcsct.org.uk/peter-scott-award/
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.