Adrian Ford

Photograph of Adrian Ford, showing head and shoulders, wearing professional atire.

Adrian Ford

Independent Director


As well as being an Independent Director on the Autism CRC, Adrian is a Board Director of Social Science Translated Pty Ltd (SST), a subsidiary of the Autism CRC.

He recently stepped down from being SST’s Executive Director for the past three years following the appointment of SST’s first CEO. Adrian is also the principal consultant of AJF Governance Advisory.

Previously, Adrian was the CEO and Company Secretary of Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), Australia’s largest national autism-specific service provider and was more recently the Managing Partner for The Professional Partner Group. While at Aspect, Adrian was a founding member the Australian Autism Alliance, a director and former chair of the Australian Advisory Board for Autism, Chair of the inaugural Asia Pacific Autism Conference (APAC) in 2009, Chair of APAC 2017 and Advisor to the Organising Committee of APAC 2019, held in Singapore.

Adrian has extensive experience over 40 years with not-for-profit boards and management, governance structures, strategic planning, risk management, finances, HR and policy frameworks.

“The Autism CRC is an exceptional opportunity that brings together a committed group of Australian researchers, autism providers and people on the autism spectrum and their families to undertake ground breaking research and make a real difference to the lives of those impacted by autism.”