At the age of four, 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 around him, I emerged from a turbulent childhood to win a Welsh National Young Volunteer Award, give speeches on my condition, and secure my dream job as a 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 his life with 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, 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” my 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.
I also volunteer my time looking after and fundraising for the next generation of autistic youngsters in my local area with Your Space, which has seen me win a High Sheriff of Clwyd Community Award at an Ceremony in March 2019.
For 2019, I am honoured to be an Ambassador for Autism Together, a long serving charity that covers Wrexham, Wirral, West Cheshire and Merseyside.
In addition to this, I also give speeches on my several facets of my life experiences with autism on a nonprofit basis. 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, and the will to succeed can overcome all odds!