Welcome to Specialisterne NI

Specialisterne NI is a specialist recruitment consultancy that recruits and provides in-job support to people with Autism or social communication difference. As the local expression of the Specialist People Foundation, we contribute to a global ambition to secure one million jobs for people on the Autistic Spectrum.

Meet the Team

We have a team of dedicated professionals who are passionate about Autism and skilled in recruitment consultancy, assessment and career support.

What makes us different is our knowledge of Autism and of business environments. All of our team have studied Autism to Masters level. As recruitment consultants we have 16 years combined experience in recruitment consultancy.

We use these skills to help people with Autism, Aspergers or who have a communication difference, start or continue careers well and we assist companies to welcome and develop their talent.

Sharon Didrichsen

Sharon Didrichsen

Manager

An experienced IT recruiter with 11 year in recruitment and 6 years experience in Autism consultancy, Sharon studied a MSc Autism Spectrum Disorders before joining Specialisterne Ireland in 2013 as an Autism Consultant. Sharon brought the model to Belfast in April 2014 where she delivers recruitment, training and support solutions for people with Autism and client companies.

Elaine Stephens

Elaine Stephens

Autism Specialist Recruiter

Elaine has a MSc Autistic Spectrum Disorders and worked at Queens University for 3 years supporting students on the Autistic Spectrum prior to joining Specialisterne NI. Elaine provides assessment and support services with a focus on candidate support, from first meeting through to within job support.

Meet the Specialisterne NI Board

Teri Kelly

Teri Kelly

Director

Teri Kelly is Managing Director of Kelly PR, NI and brings 19 years of PR experience. A trained journalist with a BA in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Teri has worked as a business reporter in the US and in Northern Ireland, and is a former journalist.

Peter Brabazon

Peter Brabazon

Director

Peter is Manager of Specialisterne Ireland and has supported Specialisterne N Ireland from its launch in Belfast. Before leading Specialisterne Ireland, Peter was the first Director of Discover Science and Engineering at Forfas leading a team delivering a national programme promoting the study of STEM subjects to young people.

Roisin McDermott

Roisin McDermott

Director

Roisin McDermott is a self-employed Business Mentor specialising in start-ups. She has 20 years experience working in N. Ireland in enterprise support. Before becoming self-employed Roisin was the Manager of East Belfast Enterprise, and was one of the founders and Directors of Women in Business NI.

Charlie Tuxworth

Charlie Tuxworth

Director

Charlie is Director of Innovation and Software at Equiniti (formally ICS Computing) where he has worked for close to 20 years, and headed up a 100 person Software Development team across Belfast and Chennai, India.

Ian Weatherup

Ian Weatherup

Specialist Advisor

Ian co-founded the first IT recruitment company in NI in 1998 providing Executive recruitment services for leading organisations in NI recruiting up to Director Level. Director of Corvus Recruitment, Ian manages full cycle recruitment campaigns on behalf of blue chip clients.

Johnny McBride

Johnny McBride

Company Secretary

Jonathan McBride is currently General Manager of Cannon Hygiene in NI leading a team of around 40 people. Previously Johnny has managed teams throughout the UK and has sat on a number of large and small company boards, his aim being to drive growth within organisations. Johnny is personally delighted to be involved with Specialisterne NI and is excited about the journey the business can go on.

How we help job seekers

How we help employers

What others say about us

Working with Specialisterne has given us an insight into their work with adults on the autistic spectrum and the difference that they make. They are a professional company and very easy to work with.

Maeve McKeagAssured Skills, Department for Employment and Learning

It’s kind of like playing Tetris – you need all different shapes working together. Specialisterne know how to get different minds working together. They can help you find a job that fits you

MarkSoftware Tester

It has made a huge impact on the teams where colleagues with Autism have been involved. They certainly have a greater sense of cohesion and they themselves have looked at themselves as individuals in how they treat others, not necessarily those with Autism, but also those not on the Spectrum

Liam RyanSAP

The team at Specialisterne helped my skills and qualities to be recognised in the IT sector where they otherwise might have been overlooked, and with that first helpful step onto the ladder, my career has only taken off soaring from there

Software EngineerBelfast