I was born on Tuesday 20th November 1984 at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. At the age of four in April 1989, I was diagnosed with autism. “Go home and watch Rain Man,” the specialist told my mother. “In all probability your son will be institutionalised.” Determined to prove the specialist wrong, my mother Hazel Davies set out to give her son the best life possible.
Raised in a single parent household and encountering bureaucracy, bullying, and a lack of understanding from many we came across, I emerged from a turbulent childhood to win a Welsh National Young Volunteer Award and secure my dream job as a Broadcast Statistician at Manchester United Television.
After leaving MUTV after eleven and a half years in April 2014, I secured a book deal with Bennion Kearny Publishing to write my autistic memoir entitled “I’ve Got a Stat for You-My Life with Autism”. This was following an interview on my life with Broadcasting giant, John Humphrys, on BBC Radio Four’s flagship Today Programme on Easter Saturday 2015.
Since publication, “I’ve Got a Stat…” has received glowing testimonials from a wide range of well known personalities including acclaimed Comedian, writer and Broadcaster Stewart Lee, Comedian, writer and Broadcaster Robin Ince, BBC’s Dan Walker, Sky Sports’ Hayley McQueen, Multi Award Winning Broadcaster, Writer and former England Cricket Captain Michael Atherton OBE and Sky Sports Broadcaster and former British & Irish Lion, Will Greenwood MBE.
I have also been featured on BBC Radio Five Live and by the Daily Express.
I am now the author of three published books with “A Vision of Exercise” the latest to be published in April 2018 again on Bennion Kearny Publishing. The Foreword of which was written by Ashes winning and World Cup winning England wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor.
In recent times, I have volunteered my time in various capacities with several organisations in very different roles. This has included looking after the next generation of autistic youngsters in my local area.
Amongst my volunteering, I raised funds with an Auction and Raffle Evening for Your Space, a regional autism charity based in Wrexham. This resulted in Autism Friendly Gym Sessions taking place once a week during holiday time at Number One Health Strength Performance in Queensferry, North Wales. For my totally unpaid work in organising this event, I won a High Sheriff of Clwyd Community Award at a ceremony in March 2019.
In addition to this, I also give non-profit speeches on several facets of mine and my family’s experiences with my autism. If you would like to hire me please phone or email me with the details available on my contact page.
From Wrexham to Buckingham Palace via The Houses of Parliament, and incorporating stories of The Simpsons, sport, music, statistics, facts and much more– my life is a powerful and inspirational tale that shows how determination, a positive outlook, a close knit family support network and the will to succeed can overcome most odds!