Scottish Women’s Autism Network (SWAN) was established in August 2012 in partnership with Autism Network Scotland.
We meet for peer support and networking. We help each other by sharing our experiences and knowledge, having open discussions, women having the opportunity to meet like-minded women.
SWAN is a network of women each with a unique perspective, shaped by individual experiences and circumstances; we represent a range of views on all sorts of issues from diagnosis to gender, from ASC as a difference rather than a disorder, to life in general.
Responsibility for planning, administration, communicating with the wider group, other organisations and individuals who contact us has been taken on a voluntary basis by a small number of us over the years. We also have an ever expanding wider network of women involved through our informal meet-ups, social events, Facebook Page, and so on.
Some of us are also involved in public awareness activities and presentation services; we are committed to promoting information exchange with practitioners and service providers.
Download SWAN Conditions of Engagement (pdf)
Download the SWAN Constitution (pdf)
Gail Mohamed joined the SWAN Board as Trustee Treasurer in April 2021 and became Chair in July 2022.
She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with EY in Edinburgh and has had an international career in financial services and economic development. She currently works in Macquarie’s asset management team specialising in renewable and social projects.
She is a member of her employer’s Neurodiversity employee network group and a Macquarie Group Foundation Charity Committee champion. She is a proud advocate and ally in the promotion of inclusion, neurodiversity and the reduction of unconscious bias.
She is a passionate pencil artist, knitter, baker and cook with particular interest in the maths and physics of climate, weather, geology, music and human geometry.
Alison Duffy has a 30 year career in technology industries, most recently specialising in digital technology. She has held leadership roles in areas such as Product Management, Business Operations, Strategy Execution and Data Governance but her favourite role by far has been people management. Through this role, Alison has developed intern programmes, led graduate recruitment and mentored people through their development and career moves.
Through these industry experiences and as the mother of an autistic daughter, Alison is keen to support programmes which ensure that Scottish industry removes the unconscious barriers and actual processes which preclude autistic employees from participating in the workforce to the fullness of their capabilities and with the same opportunities as colleagues and peers. Full access to these opportunities starts with schooling and recognises the major periods of transition through the teenage years and out to adulthood.
She joined the SWAN board of trustees in April 2021.
Sabina Strachan joined the SWAN board in April 2022.
Tanya Milligan honed the Board of Trustees in June 2022.
Rachel Birch joined the SWAN Board of Trustees in July 2022.