Autism charity Daisy Chain has announced a new Chief Executive to replace the departing Judith Haysmore. The post has gone to Stuart Dexter who has almost 20 years’ experience working at a senior level in youth & community work and the voluntary sector. 

Stuart says: “I am really looking forward to joining Daisy Chain and working with the staff, volunteers and families to raise further awareness about autism and to support more people with autism in more ways.”

Stuart graduated from YMCA George Williams College with a First Class Honours degree in Informal and Community Education and has worked as a youth worker in east London, primarily with young people excluded from school. After that he worked in community development in Sunderland, adult education in the Durham Dales and for an environmental charity in Teesside.

Edwin Pugh, Daisy Chain Chair of Trustees says: “We are delighted to welcome Stuart to Daisy Chain. There are big plans in the pipeline so it is an exciting time to take over the reins and drive the charity forward.”

Since 2010, Stuart has been CEO of Tyneside and Northumberland Mind during which time income was tripled and the organisation expanded from one base to five operational areas. He takes up his new role in April.