National Autism Team

The National Autism Team is funded by the Welsh Government and hosted by the Welsh Local Government Association, working in partnership with Public Health Wales. The Team provides support and guidance to help improve the lives of autistic people, their families and carers across Wales.


The work of the National Autism Team can be summarised under five headings:


  1. Increased awareness and understanding of autism
  2. Resources
  3. Training
  4. Integrated Autism Service
  5. Facilitating networks and working with partners and stakeholders, including Welsh Government


​The team works closely with the Welsh Government, local ASD leads within local authorities and health boards, key stakeholders and advisory groups.


The team currently consists of:


  • Frances Rees, National Autism Development Officer (South Wales)
  • Bethan Gilson, National Autism Communications, Research and Improvement Officer 
  • Ieuan Rees, Project Administrative Assistant
  • Linda Pilgrim, Administrative Support Officer
  • Sioned Thomas, National Autism Development Officer (North Wales and Mid Wales)
  • Wendy Thomas, National Professional Lead for Autism
  • Kirsty Jones, National Autism Development Officer


Welsh Government Social Services and Integration Directorate aims to promote, protect and improve the health and well-being of everyone in Wales. is the national website for Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) developed and maintained by the National Autism Team with our partners. Here you'll find information about autism, service details, training resources and updates on the implementation of the ASD Strategic Action Plan for Wales.


There are a range of free, easily accessible resources that can be shared with autistic people, their family/carers and professionals working with autistic children and adults. 


The resources are aimed at developing practitioner’s skills as well as those who directly support autistic people including parents and carers. These include various learning Autism Aware certification schemes, post diagnostic guide books, films and resources.


The resources and the web-site have been jointly developed with key stakeholders including autistic people, parents and carers, Local Authority ASD Leads and partners from health, education, the third sector.

For more information please visit the website at:


The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) represents the interests of local government and promotes local democracy in Wales.

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