Mr Malcolm Mayfield
BEng (Civil), GAICD
Malcolm is the founder and Managing Director of Autism STAR Pty Ltd. As well as being on the Autism CRC Board, Malcolm is a member of the Australian Autism Research Council, on the Management Committee for the Sylvia Rodger Academy and on the projects teams for Future Leaders and Governance.
Malcolm's career includes working as a researcher in the UniSA Civil Engineering Laboratories and as a contract administrator in the construction industry. In those capacities, he has worked on sports stadiums, high-rise buildings, power stations, and subdivisions, and was highly regarded in his field.
Malcolm’s view of the world changed when he self-diagnosed his Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 37 and had that diagnosis confirmed a few years later. Patterns in his life that had previously been confusing began to make sense and, as part of that process of greater awareness, he realised that in order to cope and succeed as an adult and a professional, he had developed independent success strategies that could be used by others on the autism spectrum. The concept and manifestation of Autism STAR grew out of that process of self-discovery.
Malcolm’s goal is to shine a light on the autism spectrum to show the world that autism is a strength to be cherished and nurtured into success for all. He is a life coach and NLP Practitioner and is co-author of ‘The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job: Navigating the Social Landscape of Employment’.
“My dream is for autistic individuals to be understood by society, to be accepted and engaged for their exceptional, unique and individual skills and to be regarded and included as a necessary ingredient for a successful community.”