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The SWAN Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring that the Charity is well-managed in line with our vision, mission and values, maintains a clear focus on our strategic objectives, and abides by its charitable objectives.

As an Autistic-led Charity, it's written in our rules that the majority of SWAN Trustees must be autistic - something we're very proud of. 

We’re just as proud of the (minority) neurotypical Trustees who form part of our Board - for neurodiversity in our thinking, a range of skills, and as valued allies.

Gail Mohamed



Gail is a Chartered Accountant with an international career in financial services, economic development and renewable energy. She is a champion for her employer’s charity Foundation and Co-chaired the creation of its first Neurodiversity employee network group.

She is an enthusiastic pencil artist, knitter, baker and cook, with interests in the maths and physics of climate, weather, geology, music and human geometry.

She is proud to be a Trustee of SWAN and, as a late diagnosed autistic woman, is honoured to play a part in SWAN’s autistic led support of existing and future generations of autistic people in Scotland.

Emma Pollard



Emma has 5 years’ experience as a money adviser for 3rd sector and Local Authority advice services, and she has previously advised the board of a Scottish charity on their accounts. She is working towards her AAT Accounting qualification.

She loves music, computer games, and exploring the countryside with her family and dogs.

Emma wants to  help create a world in which autism is understood, and autistic people are valued and supported as standard.

Rachel Birch


(She/Her or They/Them)

Rachel’s first contact with SWAN was 7 years ago when she joined our online peer support group and attended the Glasgow in person meet ups looking for support as an autistic woman. SWAN’s support had a such a positive impact on her life that she decided to begin volunteering with us by delivering training/presentations, setting up the Aberdeen SWAN group, facilitating a number of in person meet ups across Scotland, and finally joining the board of trustees.

Rachel is also an autism professional, having held a wide range of roles with leading local and national autism and mental health organisations. Roles Rachel has held with other organisations include: support worker, trainer, co-researcher, trustee, services manager, director, and consultant.

In her spare time, Rachel can often be found falling regularly in skateparks whilst still trying to master FS kickturns on transitions, or in the hills snowboarding with her wife in winter.

Alison Duffy



Alison has over 30 years’ experience working in the private sector in a variety of senior management roles gaining expertise in a number of disciplines from Product and Portfolio Management to Data Management in global technology industries. Leading strategic change programmes has been the common thread through her working life.

She enjoys walking and cycling, a walk along a big empty beach with her dog or a cycle along the Tay with her daughter = happiness

Of all her roles at work, being a team leader has been her favourite - supporting and seeing people develop to their full potential; and because of this, Alison is delighted to be a trustee at SWAN, to in some way play a part in enabling autistic women to realise their potential in their personal and working lives.

Tanya Milligan



Tanya is a professional librarian working part time in public libraries as a Project Lead – obtaining funding, creating and managing projects, as well as working on social media and marketing.  She also works for a charity as an Associate Trainer, training employers on how to be autism friendly. Tanya has two autistic children and recently received her own autism diagnosis at the age of 49.

Tanya loves knitting, reading and cuddling with her two dogs

When Tanya’s eldest child was diagnosed, she found SWAN very helpful. When she began to wonder if she might be autistic Tanya found a great deal of support through SWAN webinars.  SWAN has supported Tanya all the way through her autism journey and she is keen to give something back by being a Trustee.

Dr Sabina Strachan



Sabina is the founder of how2glu ltd. which supports collaboration between individuals and organisations through consulting, training, facilitation, organisational development, bespoke  resources and digital tools. She champions diversity as an essential, not optional, part of effective collaboration and is an experienced board member and charity advisor. 

Sabina is into interior design and loves a bit of colour, is an avid follower of a few foreign-language dramas, and (when she remembers!) takes a sketchbook on holiday. 

Sabina is grateful to be a SWAN ally and support the great work SWAN does.


As an autistic-led Charity all of SWAN’s staff are autistic, bringing their lived experience to their roles, in addition to their professional knowledge and skills.

Lyndsay Macadam



My role is to lead the development of SWAN’s work, raising our profile and maximising our reach. I oversee SWAN’s operational and financial development and translate our strategy into action, manage our incredible staff team and work closely with our Trustees. Key to my role is ensuring that we listen to and involve the autistic women, girls and non-binary people who come to SWAN, and their feedback has a meaningful impact on the organisation.  

I am proud to be the CEO of the only Charity run by and for autistic women and  girls in Scotland.

Becky Choat

Projects Lead


My role at SWAN is split between two main areas of work. Within my role I am so privileged to work directly with autistic women and girls, supporting them to develop their own understanding and confidence in their autistic identity, improve wellbeing and reduce isolation through connection and community. This is offered through groups, webinars, resources and 1-1 sessions. Alongside this I lead on SWAN’s bespoke training and consultancy work. Informed by the lived experience of our SWAN community, this work is aimed at raising understanding, dispelling myths and improving service provision and opportunities for autistic individuals.

Mandy Williams

Volunteer Coordinator


My role at SWAN is to recruit, train and support a team of amazing volunteers who are integral to the work we do at SWAN. Our volunteers, who are all autistic, play many key roles including facilitating Meet Ups across Scotland and providing digital support. My main goal is to make sure every volunteer has everything they need to both enjoy and get the most out of their volunteering experience, whilst providing opportunities to develop and learn new skills for future volunteer roles and employment.