Developing a national network for autism and employment in Scotland

Richard Ibbotson

The Richmond Fellowship Scotland

Richard is Executive Director for the East of Scotland with the Richmond Fellowship Scotland. He has a background in the development and management of services for people with learning disabilities with a focus on autism at a senior level since 1995.Richard is a member of the Scottish Government's Autism Strategy Governance Group, Chair of Autism Network Scotland’s Employability Network and Chair of the Coalition of Senior Professionals in Autism (CoSPPA). He is also Chair and Founder of IWORK4ME, a charity which promotes self employment for people with autism. He is a regular presenter at National and International conferences and is passionate about ensuring that autistic people across the spectrum are enabled to be independent and valued citizens.

Annie Watson

Autism Network Scotland

Annie is a Network Advisor for Autism Network Scotland, based at The University of Strathclyde. Autism Network Scotland is a hub of reliable and impartial information about autism and autism services in Scotland, and supports The Scottish Government with the implementation of The Scottish Strategy for Autism. Annie's work focusses in particular on employment, and on women and girls on the autism spectrum.Before joining Autism Network Scotland, Annie worked as a Senior Support Worker in an outreach service for autistic adults across Edinburgh and the Lothians. In the past she has worked in learning disability and mental health services in a range of roles.


A national network for organisations involved in Autism and Employability, facilitated by Autism Network Scotland, has been developing since 2007. It aims to provide a forum for sharing information and good practice,... [ view full abstract ]

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  1. Richard Ibbotson (The Richmond Fellowship Scotland)
  2. Annie Watson (Autism Network Scotland)

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