Changing Roles

Dr Tom Berney is changing his role in ESPA. After 25 years as our Consultant Psychiatrist he has taken the decision to retire from clinical practice.  Dr. Lisa Ripon and Dr. Clare Dover have now welcomed Dr. Adi Sharma onto their team. Dr. Adi Sharma is a Psychiatrist of clinical and academic standing who is in the NHS in Newcastle.

Everyone at ESPA wants to say a huge thank you to Dr.Berney for all the support he has given to the charity over the years. He has from the beginning not only been a Psychiatrist for people with autism, but he has also been our adviser, mentor and good friend to ESPA and everyone we have supported.

Although he has stepped down from his clinical role we are now honoured that he has accepted a position on the Board of Directors. In his new role we can still benefit greatly from his vast knowledge, wisdom , skills and experience. We can now look forward to working with him in his new capacity where he will continue to support and shape the on-going development of the Charity.

Paul Shattock, Chairman and Co-Founder of ESPA says: ‘Dr Berney is an incredibly important member of our team. Without him we would not be here today. He is extremely well liked by families, people with autism and professionals alike’.

Thank you Dr. Berney from all of us.



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