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Autism West Ambassadors
Autism West is incredibly grateful to have the support of a wonderful team of volunteer Ambassadors from all walks of life who give their time and talent to help promote Autism West and raise awareness, and acceptance, about autism in the community.
Whether they’re speaking at a community event, engaging with our members and supporters, helping us fundraise, or appear in the media, they make a valuable contribution to our mission to improve the lives of young Western Australians with autism, enabling them to connect successfully with others and the world around them.
We are fortunate to have the support of a number of well-known individuals who represent Autism West in their role as Ambassador. By promoting the work of Autism West they raise our profile and increase awareness about the important work we are doing.
Professor Lyn Beazley, AO FTSE
After graduating from Oxford and Edinburgh Universities, Professor Beazley built an internationally renowned research team in Neuroscience that focused on recovery from brain damage, much of her investigations undertaken as Winthrop Professor at The University of Western Australia. Currently Lyn is the Sir Walter Murdoch Professor of Science at Murdoch University.
As Chief Scientist of Western Australia from 2006 to 2013, Professor Beazley advised the Western Australian Government on science, innovation and technology as well as fulfilling the role of science ambassador locally, nationally and internationally. Professor Beazley has received many honours during her career in recognition of both her professional achievements and her commitment to philanthropy. These have included the Officer of the Order of Australia, the Governor’s Award for Giving, WA Australian of the Year for 2015. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and of the College of Educators. Professor Beazley has also been inducted into the inaugural Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame and is a Companion of the Institute of Engineers.
Michael Malone founded iiNet Limited in 1993 and continued as CEO until retiring in 2014. During his tenure, iiNet grew to service one million households and businesses, with revenues of one billion dollars and a market cap of over one billion dollars.
Michael is a former Maths teacher, was a member of the State Training Board advising the Education Minister, the Australian Institute of Management, and a director of Scitech, WA’s leading centre for the promotion of STEM for children (and enthusiastic adults!). He was a founding director and deputy chairman of Autism West, which developed out of FOCAS (“Focus of Children on the Autism Spectrum”), an organisation with a long history of assisting families who are familiar with ASD. Mr Malone presently sits on the boards of ASX listed SpeedCast, Seven West Media, Superloop and is a founder of Diamond Cyber, an IT security firm in Perth.
Regina Ledo is a Psychologist with over 20 years experience in working with individuals with autism and their families. Regina studied at Murdoch University; while undertaking post-graduate studies she joined the landmark Murdoch University Young Autism Project and began her career in supporting individuals with autism. She spent 12 years at the Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) – a private, center-based educational program for individuals with autism, the majority of these as a trainer in the institute’s early intervention, education, and adult programs. This included a five-year appointment at Mountainview, one of in the institute’s group homes, where she resided with her family under the Teaching Family model. Regina is currently in private practice, consulting to families and agencies supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
Scott has been with Autism West for more than three years, starting with us in July 2013. Scott maintains the Autism West website, social media accounts, produces our newsletters, manages our event and membership registrations, as well as the library and any IT related matters and general administration duties.
On a personal note, Scott is on the autism spectrum, has studied his Certificate 3 and 4 in IT, and previously worked almost 10 years in a library. He is currently on the board (as Webmaster) of WAADF (WA Autism Diagnosticians’ Forum), and enjoys snooker, reading, movies and supports the West Coast Eagles.