Dame Stephanie Shirley

Chairman's Report

Click Annual Report & Financial Statements for year ended 31 March 2018.pdf to download.

Chairman's Review Of The Year

It is my pleasure to present The Shirley Foundation’s 21st Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2018. This is expected to be the last full-year report since our aim is to spend the foundation out by end-2018. In the interim, our mission remains 

facilitation and support of pioneering projects with strategic impact

in the field of autism spectrum disorders

with particular emphasis on medical research.

Our foundation has continued to support the National Autism Project – probably the most strategic work we have done – and the subsequent National Autistic Taskforce which is breaking new ground. The Taskforce funds activities determined by a group of high-performing autistic adults who to-date have focussed on autistic people without a voice.

The foundation also supported smaller autism projects such as a blog on sexuality in autism and the Gordon Research Conference, which this year focuses on fundamental and clinical research into extreme forms of autism spectrum disorder. Our sponsored book Autism Works was published by Routledge in September 2018.

I can also report that the three charities we founded: Autism at Kingwood (support services), Prior's Court school (education) and Autistica (medical research) together employ over 1,000 staff and each is professionally led by people experienced in business.

At an operational level, I have responded positively with information and meetings on behalf of the foundation which is now widely respected in the UK; and work is in hand to consider if its long-term legacy can be meaningfully recognised as founder depositer of a UK Philanthropic Archive.

I should like to thank consultants Dr Ian Ragan and Hilary Gilfoy for their input this year and my co-trustees Professor Eve Johnstone CBE, Michael Macfadyen DL and Anne Menzies for their continued and faithful support of this foundation since its start in 1996.

Dame Stephanie Shirley CH

Chair of Trustees

May 2018

We are no longer accepting applications for grants, as the foundation closed on 31 October 2018 and is now "spent out".

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