Staff, Volunteers & Trustees

Staff Members

Nicola Hough

is the Manager for ACCT and leads Acctivate Children’s Club. She has two daughters, one on the autistic spectrum. Nicola used to work at a local nursery school supporting pre-school children with additional needs and was the SENCo at a local playgroup.  She has supported the needs of several children on the autistic spectrum and is particularly interested in early intervention and believes this is key to a child’s progress and future development.  Nicola feels very lucky to work within a setting that embraces disability and has learned how to implement many different strategies. She has an NVQ level 3 in Early Years and has received training in Early Years, First Aid, ASCs, Behaviour Management, Makaton, Jabadao and PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System). Nicola is the Safeguarding Lead for ACCT.

Nicola has previously been a trustee of ACCT and undertook the roles of Secretary and Co-Chair.

Alex Hithersay

is the Teenage Club Leader and leads our Minecraft and Dungons & Dragons online groups. Alex has a wealth of experience working with and supporting autistic children and young people. Alex is Team Teach and MAPA trained and is trained in safeguarding, management, first aid, PDA, ASD and behaviour management. He is also a Climbing Coach/Instructor for The Climbing Works in Sheffield, and has worked as PA for autistic teenagers and children for several years. He is qualified with an BTEC level 3 In IT practitioners and looks after the IT equipment used at ACCT. He has run summer workshop in media/music/animation as well as climbing clubs for the teenagers and children.

Alison Kerfoot

is our Deputy Service Coordinator for Acctivate and helps lead the Saturday morning session. She is responsible for helping to recruit, train and coordinate volunteers. Alison has worked with ACCT since 2018 and has professional experience within the education sector, from nursery to higher education. She is qualified as an NVQ3 Teaching Assistant and is trained in Makaton, Elklan Speech and Language Support, Team Teach and Paediatric First Aid.

Sera Cleverley

is our Deputy Service Coordinator for Teenage Club and works alongside Alex to deliver the sessions on a Wednesday evening. Sera has a professional background in the creative industries, and also has a wealth of personal experience of Autism. She has working knowledge of Makaton, and since joining ACCT as Volunteer Playworker in 2019 has trained in Paediatric First Aid, Keeping Children Safe Online and Team Teach. She works with Alison to manage our volunteers. As a parent, Sera has been an ACCT service user since 2012.

Danny Antrobus

joined ACCT in May 2018 as Fundraising and Finance Coordinator, with responsibility for managing our fundraising and day-to-day financial management, as well as governance support to our board of trustees. Danny has worked in the Sheffield voluntary sector since 2000, for various organisations including Voluntary Action Sheffield and South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau. Danny also works with several charities on a freelance basis, helping organisations with their fundraising, evaluation and strategic and organisational development.

Board of Trustees

Chair of ACCT: Helen Gilder

qualified as a chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) in 1991 and has a broad range of finance experience from working initially within a firm of accountants and more recently in the wider industry. She was Group Finance Director at ZOO Digital Group plc, which is a technology and service business listed on AIM, the London Stock Exchange’s international market for smaller growing companies until 2018. Since this time Helen has been appointed as Non-Executive Director of several businesses and works with the boards to assist with finance and business strategy.

She has two autistic sons and has found the support offered by ACCT invaluable. She volunteered as treasurer for ACCT in March 2016 and became Chair in 2019.

Deborah Young

has been a management committee member since 2008 and coordinates the Parents Evenings. Deborah has two autistic children. Prior to starting her family she worked as a Registered General Nurse for 10 years and specialized in caring for patients with cancer and in Palliative Care, working in a hospice for 2 years.

The other members of the ACCT Board are ACCT members and parents of autistic children who participate in ACCT groups:  Claire Dyson, Sarah Tame and Margaret Kilner.

Honorary Management Committee

Dr Nevyne Chalhoub

has worked as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Sheffield since 1998 and has the position of Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Sheffield Children’s Foundation Trust. She is also the Clinical Director of CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).

Playworkers and Volunteers

ACCT is lucky enough to have a number of highly trained playworkers at our sessions and volunteers supporting them. Our volunteers provide a very valuable service supporting both our children and families and we feel very grateful that they give their time to ACCT.

If you are interesting in volunteering, please contact