The Living Autism Directors are dedicated to improving services for individuals with autism. With over 60 years of collective experience in providing autism services, Living Autism have a great understanding of this complex sector.
Manar Matusiak, Managing Director
Manar has 20 years’ experience at director level in the specialist care and education sector, in particular in the field of autism. She helped to set up and develop the first transitional residential service in the country for young adults with autism and complex needs. Her background is in teaching and management and she is passionate about the development of individuals in the pursuit of the best possible quality of life.
Craig Godding, Operations Director
A graduate in psychology, following an initial seven year period working and managing in a residential setting with children and young adults with autism, Craig has over the last 10 years specialised in complaints, compliance and quality assurance for Local Authorities, charities and independent service providers with a successful record in developing best practice, backed up by qualifications in contracting and commissioning and ISO9001.
Pat Clendining, Head of Assessments
Pat has thirty years’ experience as a qualified nurse in the field of learning disabilities, twenty-five of which were as a nurse manager. She has worked in the NHS and the private sector. She is particularly skilled at staff management and training and has on two occasions led teams in the establishment of care homes whose inspection reports have reached the highest level of quality care. Pat has a particular interest in people on the autistic spectrum and has gained considerable knowledge of the management of the unique challenges this condition presents.
Felicity Holton-Smith, Communications Manager
Felicity is a graduate in Psychology who has worked with children in Europe, the Middle East and Australasia. She, therefore, has awareness along with a deep understanding of how people develop and also of different cultures. Her work in recruitment allows her to see clearly, people’s skills and potential and her time working with the prison service means that she brings with her logistical and structured thinking. Trained by the Samaritans, she also has a most empathetic nature and manner. She has huge enthusiasm for helping people with autism to reach their full potential in appropriate and supportive environments.
Wayne Santarine, Commercial Director
Wayne has over 20 years’ experience at senior management and director level, leading large operations and commercial teams. For 10 years he has been delivering solutions to both parents and authorities in the autism and specialist care sector. Wayne has a mixed background in global business solutions and a keen interest in youth mentoring and development. His background and experience ideally place him to lead the commercial direction of Living Autism and the team’s unique family placement support service.