Meet the Team


Welcome to the
“Axia Team”

Due to the expansion of Axia ASD Ltd Dr Linda Buchan reviews every referral received to match the skills of our clinicians with the patient’s experiences and requirements. 

For children assessed by our service, all appointments are multidisciplinary in accordance with NICE Guidelines.

Please Note: We try to keep photos on our meet the team page current, although hairstyles, facial hair, glasses, makeup and the like, may possibly change.


Dr Linda Buchan
Consultant Clinical Psychologist,
Clinical Governance Lead,
Founder and Director of Axia ASD Ltd.

My name is Dr Linda Buchan. I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, qualified since 1978.

Axia-ASD Ltd is one of the top providers of services for adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We use a model of partnership to ensure that individuals and families lead the process, and therefore obtain the most accurate diagnosis and the most appropriate individual support.

 

Calvin
Calvin Atkinson
Director of Axia ASD Ltd.
Self-proclaimed Nerd Consultant
and Head of Axia’s Film Society.

Calvin Atkinson is co-director of Axia, along with Dr Buchan. He is a member of our Senior Management Team, supported by our PA and Facilities Manager, Beverley Lonergan, and our Operational Manager, Carly Daltrey.

He is also a member of the Axia Collective. This is a subgroup of the Axia team, made up of members representing Psychology, IT/Website, Senior Management and the Anime Amigos (detailed below). The Axia Collective includes neurodiverse individuals and acts as a focus group when discussing changes such as updated resources or new ways of working.

Calvin is our Self-Proclaimed Nerd Consultant, adopting the title to stress the importance of valuing interests. One interest is reflected in the first book that he has written: The Nerd Consultant’s Guide to Anime. Anime is also celebrated via our Anime Amigos who vlog every month, posting the vlogs to our website and Calvin’s YouTube channel.

We connect with individuals post-diagnostically in a number of ways, including our Post Diagnostic Support Group, which both directors regularly attend, and also fortnightly game streaming on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is a fun way to connect informally with us.

Calvin is head of the Film Society and regularly posts film reviews and, along with the Anime Amigos, also posts regular game reviews covering a range of genres.

Calvin’s other passions include cooking and heavy metal music.


Bev Lonergan
Facilities Manager and Directors P.A.
 
Hi Everyone, I’m Bev, Facilities Manager and PA to both of our Directors, Linda and Calvin.
 
My role at Axia is variable daily, from Health and Safety at our premises to ensuring the directors needs are met daily. I love being part of the Axia family, we have an amazing, passionate, caring team.
 
I have two grown up children and five grandchildren, I am also a full-time carer for my brother, Martin. I enjoy, horse riding, swimming and gardening in my spare time. 
 

Carly Daltrey
Operational Manager and Finance & Payroll Administrator

Hi I am Carly – I started working for Axia in 2020 as an Administrative Assistant.

I was honoured to accept the position of Operational Manager, Finance and Payroll Administrator. I love how every day at Axia is different and very much enjoy all the new challenges this position brings.

I am extremely keen to contribute to Axia`s high quality standards and will always aim to ensure that all our clients experiences with Axia are positive from the very beginning right through to introducing them into our Post Diagnostic Support Group.

I have 3 gorgeous children, Jack, Isla and Erin who are everything to me and in my spare time I enjoy riding my horse, Frankie.


Renwick Bromiley
Mental Health Nurse and Anime Amigo.

Hi, I’m Renwick (silent ‘w’), but please just call me Ren!

I have been a part of Axia since 2017 fulfilling various roles, first within the administration team, then engaging with special interests as part of the Anime Amigos, and in my current role as a Mental Health Nurse, I lead Neurodevelopmental assessments as part of the Multidisciplinary Team.

I completed my Mental Health Nursing degree at Bangor University in 2021 while continuing to gain experience at Axia during my studies, subsequently working in an acute mental health setting and building a broad base of knowledge within Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental settings.

My interests are wholly nerdy in scope, comprising of Magic: The Gathering, anime, manga, fantasy and fiction settings, as well as a host of tabletop and role-playing games. I also have a diagnosis of Irlen Syndrome and, as a member of the Neurodivergent community, feel accepted and understood at Axia.


Reece Imiolek
Anime Amigo and Nerd Consultant

After first being referred to Axia in July 2015, I was diagnosed by Dr Linda Buchan with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Dyspraxia when I was 21.

Since my diagnosis I joined the Post Diagnosis Support Group run by Axia and got to meet the wonderful staff as well as “The Nerd Consultant” Calvin Atkinson, where after we discovered we were both passionate about Anime.

After much deliberation on how we could use our shared interest to benefit Axia, Calvin and I decided to found the Anime Amigos in March 2017 with myself as the co-founder and Calvin as the leader of our sect. Then on an almost monthly basis we have been creating and uploading podcasts based on various topics e.g. Seasonal anime, films and recently Video game conferences with e3. To Calvin’s YouTube channel (Since our separate channel we created was not performing on par with the main channel)

Another part of what I do for Axia is create reviews for new and existing video games (Mainly focusing on Nintendo Switch and Sony PlayStation5). Although most of my reviews tend to go into way too much depth on said games (See my Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart review for details as it’s nearly 3,500 words long)

Apart from the Anime Amigos and video game reviews, I am also part of Axia’s “Journal Club” where we review the latest in academic literature relating to Autism Spectrum Disorder and other related topics so we can create our own research.


Elliot Chapman
Anime Amigo and Nerd Consultant

I started going to the Post Diagnostic Support Groups at 18 after dropping out of college due to anxiety. After over a year of attending I joined the Anime Amigos as a regular co-host.

Since then, I remain the glorious yet mildly annoying jokester of the Anime Amigos, and I’ve also started working on a number of game reviews and have been bringing my nerdy insight to other projects that our Nerd Consultant works on. 

Aside from anime and video games, I have a very unhealthy obsession with Dungeons and Dragons, card games (most notably Cardfight Vanguard and Magic the Gathering), metal music and fantasy books, to the point where I’m writing one but am barely anywhere in it. I also have a little dog named Ripley that everyone loves.


Estee Tsang
Head of Therapy
 
I’m Estee, I qualified as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) in 2016. Since qualifying I have worked in community and inpatient mental health services, I have also worked in Quality Improvement within the NHS. My neurodiversity and that of family members inform my approach and values to assessment and psychological intervention. I believe that any assessment and potential diagnosis should bring value to a person’s life and should be done with compassion and focus on the person’s strengths.

I was amazed at the team and the values at Axia and instantly knew this was an organisation I wanted to be a part of. Part of my role will be offering psychological therapy. I draw upon all models within the CBT framework and have recently completed an introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) course. I strive to have a person-centred approach and work collaboratively with people to meet their therapy goals.


Evie Connor
Psychology Intern

My name is Evie. I have worked at Axia since 2019 in various roles, my current role being Psychology Intern. I am also a member of the Axia Collective. I am part-way through my Psychology degree at The Open University and it’s great to have practical experience to go alongside this.

Outside of work I love to spend time with my friends and family (usually round a table of good food!), and take my two dogs for lovely walks.


Chloe Millington
Assistant Psychologist

My name is Chloe and I originally joined Axia back in 2019 as a temporary member of the Admin team.

After completing my Psychology degree at Bangor University, I have been fortunate enough to return back to Axia with the new role of Assistant Psychologist.

When I am not in work I enjoy keeping busy with friends and family.

I love working at Axia as it is such a welcoming and supportive family. I’m looking forward to continue to learn and develop my skills as part of this team.


Esme Hayes
Assistant Psychologist

Hi! My name is Esme. I’m currently in my fourth year at The University of Manchester studying an MSci in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology with hopes to complete a doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  

I originally joined Axia as a volunteer in July 2019 and now work as a psychology intern, providing diagnostic observations alongside the clinician. Axia has supported me throughout my degree by allowing me to further develop my clinical skills and most importantly, my confidence. I am extremely grateful to be part of such a supportive, passionate team.  

I have previously worked in hospitality, and I make the best cuppa in Axia, if I do say so myself!


Cath Williams
Administrative Assistant

My name is Cath. I started working at Axia as an Administrative Assistant in December. Until I joined Axia I worked in the legal sector as a legal secretary for 20 years so working at Axia is very different to what I’ve been used to! Everyone at Axia is really nice and has made me feel welcome. The work is interesting and I’m settling in really well.

I have a young family at home (and a hamster called Marshmello) and I love spending time with them when I’m not at work. I enjoy reading and try to swim at least twice a week to keep me fit. I also enjoy any activities that are outdoors as I love the fresh air.

I’m looking forward to working with everyone at Axia for the foreseeable future.


Joanne O’Gorman
Administrative Assistant

Hi my name is Jo and I joined Axia in October and have been made to feel very welcome.  I have recently moved to Chester with my husband to be closer to family whom we love spending time with and are currently enjoying renovating our new home.


Angela Fairweather
Administrative Assistant
 
Hi, my name is Ange. I joined Axia late last year as part of the admin team and have loved being part of the Axia family.

I am very passionate about music. In my spare time I love entertaining a crowd as a Karaoke Host/DJ. My family are extremely important to me and I love spending time with family, my dog Mitzi and friends.


Amy-Louise Buchan
Administrative Assistant

I’m back! Some of you may remember me but if not here is a little bit about me. I worked for Axia back in 2017/2018 but ended up moving back to Peterborough where i gave birth to my son in April 2019. I am currently studying Adult Nursing at Anglia Ruskin in Peterborough and was trying to find a job which would still give me time to study and spend time with my family. So I am happily back at Axia carrying out admin assistant tasks from home, occasionally taking the trip up to Axia for training opportunities and meetings and hopefully the PDSG when it can go back to face to face so I can meet some of you. 


Jacqui Brett
Specialist Occupational Therapist

My name is Jacqui Brett, I am a specialist occupational therapist with my most recent NHS experience in inpatient Children and Adolescent Mental Health and Community teams. 

Having gained my first degree in Law I was inspired to retrain as an occupational therapist when I suspected my daughter was autistic. I decided then that I wanted to give neurodiverse individuals a voice; to allow their story to be told authentically and support them to live according to their values and aspirations. 

Occupational therapy provides a unique lens with which to view functional challenges and environmental adaptations; however,  I use a range of approaches to understand the individuals I work with, to complete robust assessments, establish evidence-based reports and appropriate, person-centred recommendations. 

Autism, sensory differences, and mental health are my professional passions and I have focused much of my additional research and training around these core areas. I am certified in the administration of the ADOS-2 and have spent time volunteering and working with the National Autistic Society.  

I have chosen to work with Axia as I find their values and strengths-based approach is congruent with my own. Their friendly, knowledgeable team ensures that there is a range of clinicians available to support the diagnostic process and beyond. 


Dr Mary Fearon
Clinical Psychologist

I’m Dr Mary Fearon, until recently a consultant clinical psychologist for the NHS where I specialised in the assessment of adults whose behaviours and experiences led them to believe they may have autism or be, in some other way, neuro-developmentally different to the majority of their peers. I also provided psychologically-informed support and therapy to those who were found to meet the diagnostic criteria for autistic spectrum disorder and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I see neuro-developmental differences as being just that – a difference, not a deficit. There are positives associated with these differences, though people may need support to be able to identify those positives and to find ways of using them to overcome some of the difficulties.

Prior to specialising in working with adults with neuro-developmental differences, I worked with people with learning disabilities who may (or may not) also have autism, ADHD, sensory issues or co-ordination difficulties. Throughout my career, I have worked with people in all age groups who were experiencing distress due to any number of reasons including mental health issues, painful life events or relationship issues.

Having been trained, many years ago now, by Dr Linda Buchan and Prof Hilton Davies in the partnership model, my practice is firmly rooted in the belief that people are the experts on themselves. This is not to deny or belittle my own expertise, it is simply recognition that equal respect should be given to each person’s knowledge. Proper understanding of the difficulties that have lead someone to seek help comes from the pooling of that person’s expertise and that of an experienced clinician.


Dr Michelle Hacking
Clinical Psychologist

Hello! My name is Michelle, and I’m a Clinical Psychologist with Axia. I have worked with children and young people with Autism and Learning Disabilities since 2007, and graduated from the University of Liverpool Clinical Psychology Doctorate in 2018. My passion is working with Autistic people, and I work three days a week for the NHS in a specialist Autism and LD service within CAMHS.

My approach is always person-centred, and I aim to work alongside adults, young people, and families around meeting their individual needs, and working collaboratively on what is important in their lives. I enjoy a variety of activities within my work, including assessment, therapeutic interventions, teaching and training, systemic family work, and behavioural approaches. Within my NHS role, I provide post-diagnostic support for children and families receiving a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, courses for parents based around Positive Behaviour Support (PBS), and a rolling training programme for professionals who would like to learn more about Autism. I am currently training in Eye movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is a therapy used to alleviate distress caused by trauma, or adverse life experiences.


Dr Anna Haigh
Clinical Psychologist
 
My name is Anna and I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2011. Alongside my professional training I also draw from my personal experiences of growing up in a neurodiverse family to inform my work. I strongly believe that any assessment should focus on the strengths and resources of an individual, whilst also hearing and acknowledging the challenges and difficulties that a person faces.
 
Prior to qualifying as a Psychologist I worked as a researcher and teacher for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, as well as people with learning disabilities and mental health conditions. Since qualifying I have worked in a range of areas including mental and physical health and learning disability services. I offer specialist legal assessments and reports for court hearings as well as actively working with families to complete and implement Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). I am thrilled to be a part of Axia-ASD and look forward to offering assessments, follow-up appointments and therapy. I draw from a range of psychological models including CBT and am a trained Cognitive Analytic Therapist (CAT).
 

John Henney
IT and Data Associate

Hi – I’m John and I look after the technical administration side of Axia. Coming from a varied background with over 30 years in engineering, teaching and data management, I enjoy the challenge of making IT work for the Axia community.

I love a good spreadsheet and have fun developing code; it is a privilege providing data solutions for everyone at Axia. Having worked with young people, who are neuro-diverse in my teaching career, and as an uncle to a young man who is on the Spectrum, I understand the importance of the work done by the excellent team here and it is a fulfilling achievement when our systems help us help others.


Tracy Henney
Associate Teacher.

Hello! I’m Tracy and I have just started work as a Teacher Associate with Axia working remotely contacting schools and colleges. I qualified as a primary teacher in 2003 and I have worked in mainstream and Special School settings across the Key Stages, and also as a SENCo. I am a certified PSHE practitioner and co-ordinated Healthy Schools and International Schools work. I enjoyed developing my skills as a Special School teacher, running Attention Autism and Lego Therapy interventions.

Being part of a school helps you appreciate the importance of working alongside multi-disciplinary colleagues to provide the best educational offer for pupils, and it is great to be part of such a team here at Axia.

Prior to teaching, I started my working career as a residential social worker in a Bail and Probation Hostel. I subsequently qualified as a social worker and continued to work for a number of years as a Probation Officer with young offenders, high risk offenders and also in court settings.


Sheena Mansell
Associate Consultant

My name is Sheena. I have been privileged to work with Axia ASD Ltd since 2018, when I joined as a Clinical Psychologist. I decided to retire in early 2021, and so I no longer have a clinical role with the company.

I am mum to James, a young man who is on the Spectrum. In 2016, I made a short Digital Story about my experiences, called Toil. You can see it here.

I will be continuing to do some work with the Axia staff team, using my various experiences, ideas and skills to provide one-off consultancy, for example. During the rest of my time, you can find me pottering about on my allotment, sowing seeds, growing veg and most of all, getting rid of weeds! Soon, I hope to be able to start going to rock gigs again too!!


Deryn Phillips
Administrative Assistant

Hey, my name is Deryn I joined Axia in June 2022 as an administrative assistant. I am really enjoying my time at Axia and look forward to my future within the company. The whole team has made very welcome and when im not in work I love reading and am passionate about animals and conservation.


David Reiser
Highly Specialised Speech and Language Therapist.
PGDip. Autism.

David qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1985 but got the computer bug in the final year of the degree and started a career in IT for the next 18 years! However, memories of the fascination he held with his original degree subject drew him back into the profession in 2004 when he joined Cheshire NHS Trust as a Therapist. Over the next 8 years he worked in the paediatric department running clinics, working in schools, special schools and nurseries during which time he developed a particular interest in Early Years and the presentation of neurodevelopmental difficulties such as autism and ADHD.

On leaving the NHS in 2012, he started his own practise being engaged by educational settings and individual clients and also focusing on identification, support and training in the area of autism spectrum conditions often working in partnership with other professionals in the field. He is a member of the National Autistic Society and accredited by The Society (Lorna Wing Centre) to use the DISCO autism diagnostic methodology. In addition, he is qualified in use of the ADOS-2 and the ADI-R diagnostic instruments. He is a founding Trustee and now volunteer for Autism Inclusive. He is an ELKLAN, ICAN and Hanen tutor and regularly provides training in the areas of autism, speech, language and communication, in educational settings and for parents.


Clare Saunders
Administrative Assistant

Hi, I’m Clare! I do some typing from home for Calvin’s film and gaming reviews. When I’m not typing, I’m either drawing or watching sitcoms! I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration and I hope to create a sci-fi graphic novel one day.


Halil Varli
Administrative Assistant

Hi, my name is Halil and I am part of the administration team joining from June 2022. Prior to me working for Axia I used to work for a Law firm for 4 years as an Administrator Assistant. Everyone at Axia has made me feel welcome and everyday at Axia is different!

In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and go out with friends. I do have an obsession with video games and collecting memorabilia. My favourite game being World of Warcraft!


Dr Fran Washington
Clinical Psychologist

I’m Fran and I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2018. Prior to this, I had the privilege of working in a number services supporting children and adults on the Autistic Spectrum and people with learning disabilities with their mental health and well-being. During my clinical training, I gained valuable experience and skills from working in a range of NHS mental health services, including specialist learning disability, CAMHS, and homeless teams.

Prior to qualifying, I had the opportunity to attend a training event with Axia. The partnership model at the centre of the service was one that strongly aligned with my own values. Promoting true collaboration, by developing a joint understanding of an individual’s and family’s strengths and challenges, is something I continue to strive for in all aspects of my clinical work. Having friends and family who are neurodiverse has also informed my passion for working in this area and highlighting their incredible strengths.

Since qualifying, I have worked in a specialist service working with gender diverse young people and their families and networks. Alongside offering assessment and psychosocial support, I also continue to work with a group of clinicians to focus on improving the accessibility of the service, acknowledging cultural, ethnic, and neuro-diversity.

I feel incredibly privileged to be a part of the Axia team. My work here includes diagnostic assessments, post-diagnostic support, and psychological therapy. Within therapy, I draw on a range of models and ways of working to ensure that therapeutic sessions are adapted to the individual strengths and difficulties of each person, family, and context.


Dr Hannah Williamson
Clinical Psychologist

I’m Hannah and I qualified from the University of Liverpool Clinical Psychology Doctorate in 2018. Prior to training I worked in hospital and community settings in Middlesbrough and Cumbria, supporting Autistic people and people with a learning disability with their mental health and wellbeing. During training I gained invaluable experiences working psychologically within a variety of services including learning disability, university student health, paediatric physical health, and older adult mental health. I then chose a specialist placement at Axia due to my passion for working with and celebrating neurodiversity. I was struck immediately by the values of partnership, candour, empowerment, and strengths-based thinking here. I loved the ethos and approach within Axia so much, I had to come back to work here when I qualified!

At Axia my works includes diagnostic assessments, post-diagnostic support and psychological therapy. I always endeavour to work in partnership with people, to arrive at a shared and meaningful understanding of their strengths and difficulties. When working therapeutically, I work collaboratively and draw from a range of models and approaches, to ensure the work is person-centred and supports people to reach their own goals. I am passionate about adapting psychological therapy to suit the individual, and about supporting people to explore the links between their neurodiversity, mental health, and physical wellbeing.


Dream
“Philosopher, Truth Seeker and Questioner”
Author of “Mental Models of Reality –
A Diatribe by Dream”

Voluntary Helper to the Axia Team as
“Guest ‘IT’ Consultant” –
(whatever “IT” actually IS?!?)


The Next Axia17th August 2022
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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