Mandy Whyatt

Managing Director of The Leaving Care Company

Mandy joined Aspirations in November 2012. Her career has included operational and managerial roles; over the past 11 years she has focused on human resources management. Mandy was the Managing Director of The Leaving Care Company which was acquired by Aspirations back in 2013. As well as continuing with the role which she has also continued to ensure that her teams deliver a high quality, effective and outcome-led service to all the young people they support.

Denise Smith

Head of HR and Training

Denise joined Aspirations in February 2014.She has over 25 years of experience within Human Resources at both operational and strategic levels. Denise started her career with Lloyds Chemists as a Human Resources Officer supporting the Retail Operations Team in a multi- site environment. Denise is passionate about ensuring that the whole Aspirations Team is treated equally and everyone has a voice. She believes that staff Training and Development is key.

Dan Coleman

Head of Quality

Dan joined the Quality team in January 2012. He has worked in various roles within the care sector over the past 16 years. These include supporting people with mental health diagnosis in recovery programmes, as well as adults with learning disabilities. He has worked for public, private and voluntary sector organisations within a wide range of traditional and non-traditional services. Dan has an Institute of Leadership and Management diploma in Quality Management.

Glenn Buckley

Finance Director

Glenn joined Aspirations at the start of 2015. A Chartered Management Accountant, he has more than 20 years’ experience working in senior finance roles in manufacturing, construction and engineering, and this is his first role working in the care and supported living sector. Glenn has developed a range of transferrable skills in business and financial management that are being used to ensure the Group continues to deliver good service to all the people Aspirations support.

 
Kiks Sheppard

Kiks Sheppard

Head of Quality & Education, Children’s Services

Kiks, who earlier this year was nominated and accepted as a Fellow of The Royal Society, felt so passionately about trying to make a difference to the outcomes of disaffected young people that she decided to leave her successful career in graphic design to retrain as teacher. Initially, Kiks joined Aspirations Woodspring’s School as teacher having worked previously in some of the country’s most deprived areas teaching and mentoring disaffected and disengaged students. Her past experiences were invaluable in teaching in a school for students with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and the impact which she had on the running of the school and the students was such that she was made Head Teacher. Given that Kiks has helped to turn the school around and supported and guided her staff team to ensure that the young people who attend Woodspring are achieving more than anyone thought possible when they first joined, Aspirations are delighted to have appointed her as the Head of Education for the groups children’s residential services. One of her key responsibilities in this new role is to develop and implement an education strategy that sets out what we at Aspirations want for each and every child we look after.

Naomi Owereh

Naomi Owereh

Austim Lead

Naomi joined Aspirations in June 2016 having previously worked for local authorities and a number of specialist learning disability providers. Naomi has a Masters of Education in Autism and a wealth of experience helping staff teams supporting people with autism to think in a more ‘autism-intelligent’ way. Naomi is passionate about outcomes for people with autism. She works closely with the quality team and operations to ensure her training, tools and resources and individual referral work has the most beneficial impact possible.

Simon Harrison

Simon Harrison

Chairman

Simon, has a wealth of experience at Director Level in the health and social care sector having originally trained as a nurse and completed a Master’s Degree in Change Management. His background lays testament to the fact he is passionate about working with Health and social care organisatons, to ensure the effective, efficient and economic delivery of services. At the same time he believes it is key to develop the capabilities of management teams through the implementation of strategic, operational and organisational change.

Simon understands the pressures that organisations face and recognises that while the dilemmas they face are not unique, the solutions may be. Simon has significant experience in working with business leaders to deliver results by developing their capabilities.

Christine Cameron

Chief Executive Officer / Responsible Individual

Christine joined Aspirations in September 2011. She has over 20 years' experience working with people, starting her career as a nursery nurse working with children with disabilities, then training to be a nurse for adults with learning disabilities. Throughout her career, which has seen her work within mental health, learning disability and autism services, she has been an advocate for the rights of each and every individual to have choice and control over their lives and be an equal citizen no matter what their ability or challenges they may face.

Mandy Whyatt

Managing Director of The Leaving Care Company

Mandy joined Aspirations in November 2012. Her career has included operational and managerial roles; over the past 11 years she has focused on human resources management. Mandy was the Managing Director of The Leaving Care Company which was acquired by Aspirations back in 2013. As well as continuing with the role which she has also continued to ensure  that her teams deliver a high quality, effective and outcome-led service to all the young people they support.

Louise Griffiths

Business Development Director

Louise joined Aspirations in November 2013 having worked for a number of specialist adult mental health and learning disability providers through-out the UK, in customer facing roles.  Louise’s feels passionately about ensuring high quality outcomes based services are delivered to everyone that Aspirations supports and also that the teams and commissioner who place and fund these people also get a good service. The Business Development  Team work closely with their colleagues  in the operational teams to guarantee this is met.

Glenn Buckley

Finance Director

Glenn joined Aspirations at the start of 2015. A Chartered Management Accountant, he has more than 20 years’ experience working in senior finance roles in manufacturing, construction and engineering, and this is his first role working in the care and supported living sector. Glenn has developed a range of transferrable skills in business and financial management that are being used to ensure the Group continues to deliver good service to all the people Aspirations support.

Mandy Whyatt

Managing Director of The Leaving Care Company

Mandy joined Aspirations in November 2012. Her career has included operational and managerial roles; over the past 11 years she has focused on human resources management. Mandy was the Managing Director of The Leaving Care Company which was acquired by Aspirations back in 2013. As well as continuing with the role which she has also continued to ensure that her teams deliver a high quality, effective and outcome-led service to all the young people they support.

Rhys Owen

Head Of Service South

Rhys joined Aspirations in October 2014, as Operational Manager in The Leaving Care Company. He has nearly 10 years’ experience working with individuals with complex needs and young people. His role within Leaving Care Company is to manage the teams within the South and South Wales. Rhys feels passionately about ensuring The Leaving Care Companies Standards are implemented so that him and his team can achieve the best possible outcomes for the young people they support.

Julie Edmonds

Julie Edmonds

Training Manager | South/Education Lead

Julie joined Aspirations/TLCC in December 2014 as Training Manager (South). She started her career, many years ago, as a primary school teacher and then moved into further education and more lately working for a small charity helping young people to re-engage with education. She has a wide experience of working with a range of learners with multiple barriers to education and within their personal lives. She came to TLCC to share her knowledge and skills with the staff so that the high level of service the company provides can be maintained and built upon to achieve the best possible outcomes for the young people we work with. Julie has a Master’s Degree in Education.

Nicky Vaughan

Nicky Vaughan

Regional Manager | North West

Nicky, who originally trained as a mental health nurse, has 22 years’ experience within the health and social care sector. As well as working in supported community living and domiciliary services Nicky has spent 10 years of her career specialising in; acquired brain injury, deafness within a forensic setting and managing mental health, autism and learning disability inpatient services. Nicky also underwent training several years ago to enable her to teach challenging behaviour management which included an adapted course for conflict management in forensic deaf services.

Julie Griffin

Julie Griffin

Regional Manager | East Midlands

After several years in the travel industry Julie commenced a new career in health and social care. Julie worked in the NHS for fifteen years supporting individuals with a learning disability and/or mental health diagnosis. Julie continued to support the individuals during their transition from NHS care into supported living. Julie took on the role of a Registered Manager within Aspirations and was promoted to Regional Manager. Julie has developed her knowledge and skills and now also supports individuals with a forensic history. Julie oversees the Midlands division and ensures that all the individuals supported receive a high quality service. Julie also ensures that her staff are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake their roles and have ongoing support. Julie is committed to enabling empowerment for the individuals supported.

Lisa Morris

Lisa Morris

Regional Manager | Kent and Sussex

Lisa Career in the social sector started 11 years ago when she went to work for People to People, as a senior support worker, managing the Kent County Council Supporting People contract. Lisa progressed to a Service Manger of a designated area before becoming a Registered Manager in September 2012. Lisa has supported individuals with mental health and learning difficulties promoting their independence and enabling them to live successfully in the community, across the South East and she is passionate about delivering person centred care packages to all the individuals her and her team support. In addition Lisa strives to support and encourage her team with their continued professional development through training, supervision, skill and knowledge sharing. In April 2015, Lisa became the Head of Service for Kent and Sussex.

Ian Scott

Ian Scott

Positive Behavioural Lead

Ian has been employed by Aspirations since their acquisition of Trimar Care where he was employed since April 2006. Ian at first was a support worker but through hard work and application of skills quickly progressed through the company. Ian always enjoyed working with the more complex and challenging clients and found that this work was both rewarding and interesting. In December 2010 Ian was promoted to a deputy manager overseeing several services within the adult north west division. In August 2012 Ian was asked to attend a train the trainers course in Positive Behaviour Management. Through regular training days and researching what the course entailed Ian was promoted to the role of PBM manager where he currently sits within the quality team of Aspirations. This role enables Ian to oversee the delivery of PBM training and investigating services where there are a concerning level of incidents.

 
Naomi Owereh

Naomi Owereh

Austim Lead

Naomi joined Aspirations in June 2016 having previously worked for local authorities and a number of specialist learning disability providers. Naomi has a Masters of Education in Autism and a wealth of experience helping staff teams supporting people with autism to think in a more ‘autism-intelligent’ way. Naomi is passionate about outcomes for people with autism. She works closely with the quality team and operations to ensure her training, tools and resources and individual referral work has the most beneficial impact possible.

Simon Richards

Simon Richards

Head of Crossways Care (Children’s Residential Homes)

Simon started at Crossways in October 2008 as a registered manager. He started in the care sector working with EBD children in 1999 and has used his experiences to ensure all children at Crossways have the chance to reach their own Aspirations in life.

Simon leads his teams with passion and determination to ensure that not only the children are succeeding, that the staff will realise their own goals.

Kiks Sheppard

Kiks Sheppard

Head of Quality & Education, Children’s Services

Kiks, who earlier this year was nominated and accepted as a Fellow of The Royal Society, felt so passionately about trying to make a difference to the outcomes of disaffected young people that she decided to leave her successful career in graphic design to retrain as teacher. Initially, Kiks joined Aspirations Woodspring’s School as teacher having worked previously in some of the country’s most deprived areas teaching and mentoring disaffected and disengaged students. Her past experiences were invaluable in teaching in a school for students with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and the impact which she had on the running of the school and the students was such that she was made Head Teacher. Given that Kiks has helped to turn the school around and supported and guided her staff team to ensure that the young people who attend Woodspring are achieving more than anyone thought possible when they first joined, Aspirations are delighted to have appointed her as the Head of Education for the groups children’s residential services. One of her key responsibilities in this new role is to develop and implement an education strategy that sets out what we at Aspirations want for each and every child we look after.