Advisory & Editorial Board
Angela Morgan Cutler (website)
Angela is a writer and campaigner. She trained and worked as a psychiatric nurse for ten years in St Albans and North London before moving back to Wales. Angela worked for Mind for 5 years—this included working with survivors of abuse. She completed a BA in Fine Art in 1990. Worked for social services and the probation service running various art groups. She went on to complete an MA in The Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing in 1999 and then developed 'Finding a Voice’, freelance creative writing classes and workshops which she ran for 13 years across South Wales. During this time, Angela completed her PhD in Creative & Critical Writing at Cardiff University in 2005. She has since published two books and is completing her third.
Ian Cutler (website)
Ian is a published writer, blogger and campaigner, the latter activity he took up after retiring as Assistant Director for a South Wales Social Services Department in 2011. He was also Chair of a three county Safeguarding Adult Board and serious case reviews. After training and working as a general and psychiatric nurse in London in the late seventies and early eighties, Ian managed mental health and learning disability services in three local authorities before taking up his final post as head of adult services. Ian is a trustee of Autism Spectrum Connections Cymru, where he also runs a writing group voluntarily for adults on the autistic spectrum. Ian is author of Cynicism from Diogenes to Dilbert (2005), Jim Christy: A Vagabond Life (2019) and The Lives and Extraordinary Adventures of Fifteen Tramp Writers from the Golden Age of Vagabondage (2020)
Emma Trevett (social media, public campaigning and NAS liaison)
Emma is a Paralegal working in public law and human rights. Emma has a particular interest in representing clients with Autism and learning disabilities. Emma has volunteered and worked for Law Centres since 2013 and co-ordinates the Young Legal Aid Lawyers group in the South West. She hopes to qualify as a solicitor in the future and work to ensure that the most vulnerable have access to justice.
Kat and Jessica
Kat and her wife Jessica began raising awareness about the injustices that autistic people face in the criminal justice system after Kat experienced a first hand injustice (read Kat's story here). Kat has worked in Disability and Mental Health related policy and was until recently the lead for the Mental Health Concordat across Coventry and Warwickshire (note she is not representing any organisation as part of this campaign, this is just explaining her previous work experience). Kat has previously campaigned on a diversity of social justice issues including rights for people with disability. Jessica has skills in editing and supporting people to get started on YouTube and similar forums.
Roxanna Dehaghani (advisory role only)
Roxanna is an academic lawyer, having previously worked in Citizen's Advice and Herbert Smith Freehills. Her research focuses on vulnerable people in the criminal process and she has written a book, Vulnerability in Police Custody: Police decision-making and the appropriate adult safeguard. Roxanna has written articles on the vulnerability of children and young people, the authorisation of detention, the impact of austerity on criminal justice practitioners, and adult safeguarding. Roxanna works in partnership with the National Appropriate Adult Network on research related matters and was consulted on the changes to PACE Code C. Roxanna works at Cardiff School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University.
Panda Mery (advisory role only)
Panda is an almost too calm neurodivergent researcher, bricoleur, productive irritant and flâneur. He is a research partner on the autistic-led project 'An Auternative' investigating the strategies used by autistics to understand social situations and other people’s reactions, and to empower themselves; and the barriers to participatation in decision making, the economy and communities. Panda is a team member of AutAngel, an organisation run by and for autistic people, an Independent Custody Visitor, making unannounced visits to police stations to check on the treatment and welfare of detainees a volunteer with the Restart Project, a social enterprise that aims to change our relationship with technology, and a human rights campaigner. Visit Panda's personal website here.