About us Our trustees Jon Spiers Jon is CEO of Autistica, the UK’s national autism research charity. Under his leadership, Autistica has increased income and hence the amount of lifesaving and life-changing research that it funds by 500% in two years. Jon’s policy work in 2016 around early mortality in autism and community priorities has given the charity an international platform. Jon’s signature issues are ending preventable deaths and reducing mental health burdens in autism, as well as raising autism research up in the agendas of policymakers, funders, pharma and service providers. Jon was Rising CEO of the Year in the Third Sector Awards 2017.