Our Team

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A vision, a space and a group of people dedicated to the neurodiverse perspective.

Place with Purpose - Oli Monks

Oli Monks - Founder

Oli’s first experience of autism came from growing up with his autistic brother. Since then, he has been dedicated to making sure the autistic perspective is heard in our workplaces and wider society. 

In the past, Oli has worked in large companies such as Unilever and previously set-up and ran the business BagSee until late 2016.

Up to now, Oli has been working as an employment consultant to autistic individuals in London and is very excited to be able to bring the Place with Purpose space to life.

Watch Oli's TEDx Talk from 2013.

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Anna Farley - Community Manager

Anna is autistic, an autism activist and artist.

Since graduating from Wimbledon College of the Arts: Sculpture in 2015 she has delivered autism awareness training nationally and has spoken at The Autism Show.

In 2016 with Photofusion, Anna began the process of founding her first project for the ASC community merging her art and autism into a holistic practice.

She is the Project Manager for ‘Autography’ a fusing of analogue photography and individuals experiences of their autistic identities.

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Thomas Ivens - Website Editor

Thomas is an autistic and hardworking coder that enjoys a challenge. He enjoys working on projects at home (and at Place with Purpose!) and has currently just finished using jasper to play music via voice commands. He also has graduated getting a 2.1 in networking and mobile computing. Some of the languages he knows are python, C and java.


Mohammed Islam - Marketing and Social Media Volunteer


Special thanks to ...

  • Jeremy - Admin Volunteer

  • studio Alt Shift

  • Will Akerman - Advisor

  • The Farley Family

  • Transport for London

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Want to join the team?

We currently have no paid vacancies.

However, if you would like to volunteer with us, we will do our best to shape a role that works for us and works for you. 

It is our aim that all of our volunteers eventually find employment either with us, or another organisation.