At the time of writing, I am beginning my third week as Chief Executive of Daisy Chain. Although originally a Londoner, I have worked for North East charities for over 15 years and was delighted when the opportunity to take over the reins at Daisy Chain presented itself. The first thing that struck me about Daisy Chain was the difference the organisation was making to people's lives; Daisy Chain really makes a positive impact on the lives of local families.

Daisy Chain calls itself "a haven for families affected by autism" and this haven makes for a wonderful place to work. I’m surrounded by a dedicated and highly skilled staff team on a 5.5 acre farm with over 100 animals – what’s not to like? So far I’ve met some wonderful supporters of Daisy Chain, talked to parents, children and young people and spoken to key partner organisations. I’ve met with trustees and patrons and I’ve also had the opportunity to attend the Lobster Ball at Hardwick Hall, which supports our work. My role is exciting and varied and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

As Chief Executive, my job is to lead the team, build new partnerships and set the long-term strategic vision for the organisation. Daisy Chain is a great organisation and I hope that we can grow and develop in order to help even more people.

When I get out of bed and come to work every day, it’s important for me to know that Daisy Chain is making a huge impact on the lives of people affected by autism. Not just the person with autism themselves; we also support siblings, parents and carers – a whole family approach.

This is why I joined Daisy Chain; to enable people affected by autism, whether directly or indirectly, to live the best possible life despite the challenges they face. If it means I get to come to work and see alpacas, all the better!

To find our more about the services and events at Daisy Chain, please contact us on 01642 531248 or visit our website www.daisychainproject.co.uk