Dame Stephanie Shirley

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I have been very lucky in my life. My experience as an unaccompanied child refugee gave me the drive to prove that my life had been worth saving. My early experience of the 'glass ceiling' at work encouraged me to set up my own business which, thanks to my supportive husband, I did in 1962. While planning to start a family, I hit upon the brilliant idea of offering part-time employment to professional women with dependants and perforce developed new techniques to manage the business on this basis. The IT business, later known as Xansa and now part of the Sopra Steria Group, prospered and I became wealthy.

This wealth has enabled me to devote my 'retirement' to giving something back to society. I have originated and supported strategic projects in the fields of autism (our son Giles was autistic) and IT, particularly making better use of IT in the voluntary sector. Nowadays, however, my focus is purely on autism. This is via The Shirley Foundation and to facilitate scientific research aimed to understand what Autism is as opposed to what it looks like.

My motivation is to help improve the lives of others less fortunate than ourselves and to encourage those whom fortune has favoured to give generously and with a joyous heart.

I feel very lucky that I have the health, enthusiasm, experience and resources to do this, and thus enjoy the happiness that philanthropy brings as its reward. I hope you too have a lucky life.

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